PURELAND PICTURES is a Brooklyn-based production company founded in 2000 by award-winning filmmaker Emily Abt. Our documentary features have aired on networks such as Showtime, PBS and the Sundance Channel.
Our first feature narrative "Toe to Toe" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009 and was later released theatrically by Strand. A.O. Scott's glowing review of the film can be read HERE.
During its 15-year tenure, Pureland has built a strong reputation for taking on delicate subject matter with skill and diplomacy.
EMILY ABT, WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER (Pictured far right) One of Variety Magazine’s “Top 10 Directors to Watch,” Emily Abt has produced and directed documentaries for PBS, OWN, MTV, Showtime and the Sundance Channel. She also directs commercial campaigns, most recently for Johnson & Johnson. Abt earned her MFA from Columbia University and received a Fulbright fellowship for her thesis film. Her documentary features include “Take It From Me” (2001 POV), “All of Us”(Showtime’s 2008 World AIDS Day film) and “Daddy Don’t Go” (premiered at the 2015 DOC NYC Film Festival and will air on the STARZ Network in early 2017) which captures two years in the lives of four disadvantaged fathers in New York City as they fight to defy the odds against them. The film is Executive Produced by Omar Epps and Malik Yoba.
Abt’s first narrative feature, “Toe to Toe,” premiered at Sundance 2009 and was released in 2010 by Strand Releasing. “Audrey’s Run,” Abt’s most recent narrative feature which she wrote and will direct, is currently in development. Paula Patton, Mike Epps, Pablo Shreiber and Jurnee Smollett will star, Blythe Robertson and Mike Bowes are producing. Abt is represented by Ava Greenfield at ICM. She lives in Brooklyn with her two daughters and husband Shamik Dasgupta. Please click here if interested in booking Emily to speak.
ANDREW OSBORNE, CO-DIRECTOR/CINEMATOGRAPHER (Pictured second to left) Andrew Nam Chul Osborne is a Brooklyn-based director, producer, cinematographer and editor. He has directed commercial campaigns for LinkedIn, Rawlings and The American Red Cross. A frequent collaborator with Pureland Pictures, Osborne has directed and produced over a dozen projects for Pureland Pictures alongside award-winning filmmaker Emily Abt. He was the Associate Producer on Abt’s narrative feature “Toe to Toe,” and has been the cinematographer on many Pureland projects. He holds a BFA in Film and Television Production from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Osborne is currently a producer for BBDO Worldwide.
KERYN THOMPSON, PRODUCER (Pictured far left) An alumna of the Rhode Island School of Design, Thompson is a longtime collaborator of Pureland’s and associate produced the 2009 Sundance feature “Toe to Toe.” As an animator/illustrator, her work has been featured in films, television shows, music videos, and print campaigns. These include “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee” (premiered Berlin International Film Festival, 2009), the Sundance Channel show “Love Lust,” and pieces for Stevie Nicks’ release of “Crystal Visions.” Thompson has also produced several genre based films under Penny Spent Films, including the 2017 psychological thriller “The Abduction of Jennifer Grayson.” She is currently in preproduction on the comedy "Area 718."
SUZETTE BURTON, CO-PRODUCER/OUTREACH COORDINATOR (Pictured second to right) Suzette Burton graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Film/Video in 2006. During her time at Pratt, Suzette created the first part of a documentary entitled “Disconnected” about her father's mysterious death and his absence from her life. Since graduating from film school, Suzette has worked as a producer on “The Maury Povich Show,” “The Tyra Banks Show” and “Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane.” Suzette currently works at John Jay College of Criminal Justice as a videographer and video editor.
OMAR EPPS, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Omar Epps is an award-winning actor who starred in the hit FOX medical drama “House” for 8 seasons. Epps received an NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series” in both 2007 and 2008. As someone who grew up fatherless, the issues in “Daddy Don’t Go” resonate with Omar personally and are close to his heart.
MALIK YOBA, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Malik Yoba starred in FOX’s hit drama “New York Undercover” for five years, played a pivotal role in the first season of “Empire,” and has gained cult status with the sci-fi epic “Alphas.” As a father of three children and a lifelong advocate for community building, Yoba believes “Daddy Don’t Go” will inspire a much-needed conversation.
JENNIFER FOX, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Jennifer Fox directed “Beirut: The Last Home Movie” (Best Film and Cinematography 1998 Sundance Film Festival), the ten-hour “An American Love Story” (1999 Sundance Film Festival), the six-part “Flying Confessions of a Free Woman” (2008 Sundance Film Festival), and the feature “My Reincarnation” (IDFA Audience Award 2010; POV 2012; Emmy nominated 2013). Jennifer is currently working on her narrative feature film debut "The Tale" starring Laura Dern.
JEFF MARCELLO, EDITOR has been telling stories through editing for fifteen years. Notable documentary credits include “Planet B-boy” (Tribeca, 2007), “Cultures of Resistance” (IDFA, 2010), “Return to Afghanistan” (Margaret Mead Film Festival, 2003). Marcello also edited Emily Abt's narrative feature, “Toe to Toe” (2009 Sundance Film Festival) and has cut television shows and commercials for major cable networks such as MTV, Spike, Nickelodeon, Discovery, Travel Channel, TLC and NBC Sports.
ERIC HOLLAND, COMPOSER Holland has been working with music and sound for over 20 years. Past projects include the documentaries “The Mask You Live In,” "Representation,” “Desert Runners,” “Speed & Angels,” and “Motherland,” the PBS/Sundance Channel series “e2 – the economies of being environmentally conscious” narrated by Brad Pitt; and commercial campaigns for Nokia and Blue Cross. Eric lives with his wife and two daughters in the Bay Area.
ANDREW GERSH, CO-EDITOR Editor Andrew Gersh’s work has appeared on PBS, ABC, MSNBC, National Geographic, Discovery, Turner Broadcasting, the BBC and Channel 4, UK and in theaters worldwide. He is a Sundance Documentary Edit and Story Lab Fellow. His latest feature documentaries include "SPARK: A Burning Man Story," which premiered at the 2013 South by Southwest Film Festival.