Pureland Pictures

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.

During its 15-year tenure, Pureland has built a strong reputation for taking on delicate subject matter with skill and diplomacy.

“Daddy Don’t Go” Director Emily Abt has spoken at numerous high schools, colleges and universities throughout the country.  She also served as a Lecturer at Princeton University from 2012-2015 where she taught both narrative and documentary filmmaking .

Here are some of the institutions that recently hosted Emily as an invited speaker:

University of Southern California, DePauw University, Western Washington University, Hunter College, SUNY Binghamton, Brooklyn Law School, Cleveland State University, Hunter College, Concord Academy, The Spence School and the Brooklyn High School for Leadership and Community Service.


"In addition to providing valuable insights about filmmaking and the film industry, Emily shared personal anecdotes to motivate, challenge and guide our students in their career exploration. Lacking pretense and full of positive energy, Emily effectively engaged the students and effortlessly directed the conversations to the topic at hand."  -Diana Todhunter, Brooklyn High School for Leadership and Community Service

“Both students and alums were in awe of Emily's work ethic, creativity and determination. Not to mention her awesome dance moves!"  -Allison Levy, Concord Academy

"Emily offered our students a fresh perspective on the way they could live a life of impact. She challenged and inspired them to see clearly the world around them and to dedicate their time to a passion they have that would not only allow them to tell their stories but also to be a positive force against injustice.”  -Danielle Passno, Spence Academy


To have Emily come and speak either with or without a screening of “Daddy Don’t Go" please fill out the below form and we will be in touch about the honorarium and/or screening fees.

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Please note that due to heavy demands on her schedule, Emily can only attend where an honorarium plus travel expenses are offered.