Li'l Liza Jane

A Movie About A Song

Emily Cohen

Emily Cohen is a filmmaker, writer, musician, performer, and designer. 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 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 received filmmaking grants from Humanities DC and has produced performances at the DC Fringe Festival, Back Alley Theater, MIT’s Listening to the City Conference and Megapolis Audio Festival.

Dan Gutstein

Dan Gutstein is the author of two books—non/fiction (stories) and Bloodcoal & Honey (poems)—as well as stories and poems that have appeared in 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, among others. He has taught creative writing at Corcoran College of Art & Design, Maryland Institute College of Art, 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 Waiting For Superman, He Named Me Malala, and It Might Get Loud. He was camera operator on Academy Award-winning Driving Miss Daisy and cinematographer for The Johnstown Flood, which took home the Oscar for best documentary short subject.