Description of Work
Liz works at the intersection of various worlds—video and multimedia, Jewish and secular, international and hyper-local, mainstream and independent—to tell true but off-the-beaten path stories. Her work investigates complex issues from personal perspectives, in order to expose people to each other’s experiences and create connections between them. Recently, she has been exploring transmedia storytelling techniques wherein different parts of a story play out across different media, thereby giving audiences varied and increasingly personal pathways into engagement with the work.
Her current project ‘Jerusalem Unfiltered’ immerses audiences in the richness and possibilities of contemporary Jerusalem through various media interactions. For example, on the website users explore a multimedia collage of Jerusalem’s colorful neighborhoods to discover thematic tours and short film profiles of innovative political, social and cultural leaders who are re-imagining the city through a progressive lens. Unlike traditional walking tours, here the young citizens shaping Jerusalem’s future introduce visitors to the issues that matter most to them, offering an insider’s perspective on their city.
The influential culture blog Flavorpill called documentary filmmaker and multi-platform producer Liz Nord a “fierce, youthful visionary.” She is currently producing the transmedia documentaryJerusalem Unfiltered with web, mobile, live, and traditional film components. Her first film,Jericho’s Echo: Punk Rock In The Holy Land, a critically acclaimed documentary about young Israeli musicians, screened at over 100 festivals and venues worldwide and has been viewed by over 100,000 people. In 2009, she shot a short documentary on-location in Haiti for musician Wyclef Jean’s charitable organization, Yele Haiti. In 2008, she ran MTV's Street Team '08—an Emmy Award-winning project wherein 51 state-based citizen journalists covered the 2008 presidential elections from a youth perspective, across all media platforms: web, mobile, broadcast and virtual. This effort contributed to the most influential youth vote in U.S. history. When she’s not gallivanting around the globe with film projects, she is a media educator, lecturer, and columnist. She has spoken extensively on a wide range of creativity and media-related topics, notably as a TED speaker at TEDxDumbo.Liz moved to New York from San Francisco, where she ran an organization teaching filmmaking skills and media literacy to at-risk youth. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Women in Film and TV. Her professional history is in designing award-winning websites and multimedia educational software.
Matan Israeli in the Musrara neighborhood
Film & Video