2019 Guest of Honour

Writer, Director, and Producer

Jeff Lieberman’s forty-five year career in the motion picture and television industries extends over a wide variety of productions in television and feature films.

He has garnered numerous awards including the EMMY, CableACE, three Cine Golden Eagles, Chicago Film Festival Golden Hugo and Gold metals at the Atlanta Film Festival. His films were chosen to play at the London, Edinburgh and Tribeca Film Festivals among many others around the world.

After starting out producing and directing television commercials, Lieberman went on to write and direct his first film, ‘The Ringer,’ an educational anti drug short subject for King Features Syndicate, which gained instant notoriety by winning top prizes at the Chicago and Atlanta film festivals as well as the Cine Golden Eagle.


In 1974 Lieberman joined Janus Films as President of Janus Productions and wrote, produced and directed the six part series ‘The Art of Film’ narrated by Rod Serling. Also at Janus he produced and directed the documentary ‘Museum’ which was aired on the PBS network.

Lieberman moved on to full length motion pictures, first co-writing the motion picture ‘Blade’ starring John Marley and Morgan Freeman, and then his first feature writing and directing effort ‘Squirm.’ Shot all on location in Port Wentworth Georgia, “Squirm” was distributed worldwide by American International Pictures and went on to become a cult classic, earning a permanent place in the ‘Golden Age of Horror.’

Lieberman followed this effort by writing and directing another cult classic, ‘Blue Sunshine’ starring Zalman King and Robert Walden, then co-wrote and directed the back woods thriller ‘Just Before Dawn’ starring Gregg Henry and George Kennedy. In 1987, Lieberman wrote and directed the Sci-Fi thriller ‘Remote Control’ starring Kevin Dillon and Jennifer Tilly, then in the 90s, returned to television to produce and direct the feature length documentary ‘But Seriously’ for the Showtime Networks in partnership with Castle Rock Entertainment. Rob Reiner served as Executive producer.


The success of this was followed by a second documentary, ‘But Seriously 94,’ also for Showtime. In 1995, Lieberman wrote, produced and directed the highly acclaimed documentary ‘Sonny Liston; the Mysterious Life and Death of a Champion’ for HBO which won three EMMY awards as well as the cableACE award. This effort was quickly followed by the documentary ‘Clark Gable, Tall Dark and Handsome’ hosted by Liam Neeson for Turner Network Television (TNT) which received a cableACE nomination.

During this period, Lieberman also wrote the screenplay for the family feature film sequel ‘Neverending Story Three’ starring Jason James Richter and Jack Black, distributed worldwide by Miramax Films. He also wrote the original screenplay ‘Us,’ commissioned by Dustin Hoffman and Tri-Star Pictures as well as the screenplay ‘Under the Skin’ for ‘Rocky’ producer Robert Chartoff and Twentieth Century Fox.

In 2004 Lieberman wrote, produced and directed the cult horror/comedy hit ‘Satan’s Little Helper’ starring Kathryn Winnick and Amanda Plummer.

In 2006, Lieberman created, wrote and directed the pilot for the television series ‘Til Death Do Us Part,’ a half hour dramatic anthology series starring John Waters, then he served as Executive Producer on the thirteen episodes aired on the Court TV network. (Also titled ‘Love you to Death’ outside the U.S.)

Lieberman is a member in good standing of both the Director’s Guild and Writer’s Guild of America, and has guest lectured at the graduate level film departments of NYU, UCLA SUNY Purchase and the School of Visual Arts. He graduated with a BA in film/TV from the School of Visual Arts.