Li'l Liza Jane

A Movie About A Song

Emily Cohen

Emily Cohen scratches every itch. In 2016 she directed and produced a documentary about the first openly gay elected official in the Washington, DC region. After working with Smithsonian Folkways, she co-produced Milestones, a box set of previously unreleased Doc Watson recordings. She performed Li’l Liza Jane as part of her audition for the music program at East Tennessee State University, where she studied old-time fiddle. She has produced performances at the DC Fringe Festival, Back Alley Theater, MIT’s Listening to the City Conference and Megapolis Audio Festival. She is executive director of KHOL in Jackson Hole, the only community radio station in the state of Wyoming.

Dan Gutstein

Dan Gutstein tells it blank verse lovely as vocalist and lyricist for punk-jazz band Joy on Fire. He is the author of three books—non/fiction, Bloodcoal & Honey, and Buildings Without Murders (forthcoming)—as well as stories and poems that have appeared in over 100 journals and anthologies, including American Scholar, Ploughshares, Best American Poetry, The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, and The Iowa Review. He was a Colby Fellow at the University of Michigan, and has received grants and awards from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Maryland State Arts Council. He has taught creative writing at Corcoran College of Art & Design, Smithsonian Institution, and George Washington University.

Erich Roland 

Erich Roland is a widely experienced cinematographer.  He has shot footage for such prestigious TV shows as Frontline, Nature, and American Masters. He filmed the music documentaries Deep Blues and Gospel According to Al Green, and has worked with Jack White, Jimmy Page, and The Edge, among other musicians. Roland was Director of Photography on It Might Get Loud, Entertaining the Troops, The Final Year, Waiting For Superman, From the Sky Down, Steep, and He Named Me Malala. He was camera operator on Academy Award-winning Driving Miss Daisy and cinematographer for The Johnstown Flood, which also won an Oscar for best documentary short subject. 

Scholars & Advisors

Roy Andrade, Associate Professor, Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies, East Tennessee State University

Josh Caffery, Director, Center for Louisiana Studies, University of Louisiana, Lafayette

David Evans, Professor of Music Emeritus, Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, University of Memphis

William Ferris, former Chair, National Endowment for the Humanities

Shennette Garrett-Scott, Associate Professor of History and African American Studies, University of Mississippi

Alicia and Charles McCutcheon, Founders, Folk Music Hall of Fame

Greg Lucas, Executive Director, Preservation Hall Foundation

Nathan Salsburg, Curator, Alan Lomax Archive, The Association for Cultural Equity