Biography

Director of Photography Liz Dory has shot numerous documentaries, ranging in cinematic style from formal, pictorial composition to verite hand-held camerawork. Equally adept at manipulating various presenting formats from mini DV to HD and 35mm, Liz continues to build her expertise with an inclusive list of cameras, using everything from a Canon Scoopic to the latest HD and prosumer camcorder systems.

Her camerawork is featured in broadcast documentaries for HBO, Nova, The Discovery Channel and National Geographic and has premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and The Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, and others.   Three independent feature documentaries have been nominated for an Emmy Award and one is the recipient of a duPont-Columbia University Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism.

Liz graduated with a degree in English Literature and Cinema from Denison University in Ohio and officially joined the film industry in 1989 as a feature camera assistant on films with notable cinematographers such as Peter James, ASC, and Michael Chapman, ASC. Running parallel to her feature work, Liz worked on the critically acclaimed documentaries JAZZ, Frank Lloyd Wright, Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony: Not For Ourselves Alone for director Ken Burns and cinematographer Buddy Squires and the series New York for director Ric Burns. She has travelled extensively; assisting Academy Award nominated Christine Choy on location in Kathmandu, Nepal and profiling the work of architect Kisho Kurokawa in Japan. As Director of Photography, Liz supervised principal photography of Traces of the Trade: A Story of the Deep North in Africa and Cuba with simultaneous 2-camera shooting and full lighting and grip crews in each foreign location.