The Filmmakers

Jeff L. Lieberman

Director, Writer & Producer

Jeff L. Lieberman is an award-winning Journalist, Producer and Filmmaker and the founder of Re-Emerging Films.

Lieberman is the Writer, Director and Producer of the feature documentaries: “Bella!”, “The Amazing Nina Simone” and “Re-Emerging: The Jews of Nigeria”. Lieberman’s most recent feature documentary film, “The Amazing Nina Simone” premiered in 2015 and played in over 100 cinemas in more than 10 countries, remaining in theatres for 4 weeks in several cities.

The award-winning film has been called the best of the three Nina Simone films by The New Yorker Magazine, and “The Nina Simone film we should all be watching” by Blavity. Lieberman’s previous Academy Award-Qualifying documentary film, “Re-Emerging: The Jews of Nigeria” opened theatrically in 2013 in New York and Los Angeles, and premiered at festivals in Toronto, Boston, Washington, Vancouver, London, Switzerland & Israel. The film gained rave reviews from The New York Times, NPR, The Hollywood Reporter & Village Voice, with New York’s Amsterdam News proclaiming the film as “one of the must-see documentaries of 2013”.

Lieberman also directed the hit viral election video, “Call Your Zeyde”, and has produced short-form programming for Coca-Cola, Showtime’s “Homeland”, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Macy’s, Wine Enthusiast Magazine and a long list of behind-the-scenes docs on the making-of making of Hollywood's biggest films.

Previous to this, Lieberman was a Writer/Producer with CBS National News and a Video Reporter with The New York Post, covering events all over New York and Washington, DC including the Obama Inauguration, New York’s Fashion Week, the Times Square terrorism attack, and The September 11th 10-year Anniversary commemoration.

Lieberman's next project is a feature narrative film delving into gentrification, entitled "My Harlem".

Liz Abzug

Executive Producer,
Daughter of Bella Abzug

Liz Abzug is the Founder and President of the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute (BALI), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit leadership training organization formed in 2005, with a mission to “inspire young women and girls to lead the future.”

The Institute works to provide specific skills such as debate, public speaking, and professional mentoring for middle school and high school girls and college level women.

As a national public affairs and strategic consultant, professor, lobbyist and candidate for New York City elective office, Ms. Abzug has been a professional involved in many fields including politics, economic and urban development and human rights. She is a Professor in Urban Studies and Women and Leadership at Barnard College /Columbia University where she teaches courses on American Cities, Community Building and Economic Development as well as a case studies course she co-developed called Women and Leadership in the 20th and 21st century.

Jamila C. Fairley

Producer

Jamila C. Fairley is passionate about creating a space for inclusive, representative, and empowered new storytelling.

Fairley came to the BELLA! documentary project soon after learning of Abzug’s leadership, activism, and dynamism.She is inspired to bring Abzug’s commitment to feminism, race relations, the LGBT community, and creating a better overall human experience to an audience who has not had exposure to Abzug’s contributions. A neophyte documentary producer, Fairley began her career as a CPA with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

There, her main clients were major studios, including The Walt Disney Company and Warner Brothers. Most recently, Fairley joined Re-Emerging Films from Twentieth Century Fox, where she was a lead expert on domestic and international Production Tax Incentives, securing financing for the studio’s feature films and television shows.

Along the way, she has performed various on-set production roles and produced numerous EPK segments. In addition, Fairley was an Associate Producer on the documentary, RE-EMERGING: THE JEWS OF NIGERIA. Like Mr. Miyagi’s “Wax-on. Wax off.” lesson, all of these experiences have prepared Fairley for winning in the world of producing independent film.

Fairley earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business, her Juris Doctorate from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, and is easy with a pun and laugh.

Tamar Kaissar

Associate Producer

Amy Wilensky

Associate Producer

Grégoire Lourme

Composer