DADDY DON'T GO
“In her clear-sighted portrait, Abt maturely and poignantly captures the reality of (her subjects)...A depiction of not only paternal devotion and sacrifice, but also the difficulty of breaking cycles of personal and parental neglect and trauma, this stirring film derives much of its power from its non-judgmental, warts-and-all perspective on its subjects…This nuanced and heartrending work should prove extremely attractive to prominent cable outlets."
"An effective response to media conversations that too often make the epidemic of absent fathers seem like a simple case of individual choice, Emily Abt's 'Daddy Don't Go' follows four young New Yorkers who very much want to be there for their children. Adding the kind of human perspective that is essential in statistics-based policy debates about, for example, America's incarceration rate, the affecting doc will be welcome on TV after its fest run. Bottom line: This Sympathetic doc offers real-world insight into absent-father epidemic.”
"'Daddy Don't Go' challenges skeptics and gives otherwise marginalized men the chance to be appreciated for loving, not forgetting about, their seeds.”
"'Daddy Don't Go’, the latest from Emily Abt, is garnering attention not only because of its subject matter, but also because of the way it was filmed; Abt followed fathers for over two years in order to delve into the issues that low-income fathers face. A story of perseverence, it is a film that shows viewers how men can still be present fathers despite having limited means and facing certain obstacles.”
“This new film from director Emily Abt is arguably one of the year’s most touching documentaries. Abt’s film is non-judgemental, instead it offers up four singular stories with a great deal of respect and tenderness given to each respective narrative. It’s an emotional piece of work, but it’s one that had to be made and now needs to be seen.”
TOE TO TOE
“Toe to Toe’s observations about race, class and friendship are clear and accessible without being overly didactic, Ms. Abt provides an unusually honest, compassionate and challenging view of contemporary youth, neither sugarcoated nor prurient.”
“Toe to Toe” springs out with an emotional verve and confidence.”
Duana Byrge, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“Toe to Toe” is unafraid to be challenging and deal with issues that most films skirt.”
Melissa Silverstein, HUFFINGTON POST
“Toe to Toe” features unforgettable, standout lead performances”
Steve Ramos, INDIEWIRE
ALL OF US
“This powerful, conceptually sure film is a model of documentary method and compassionate social filmmaking. What lends “All of Us” such unusual force is the candor with which Dr. Mandefro turns her investigation on herself. This blurring of the doctor-patient divide shows the common ground all women have in negotiating bedroom politics and elevates this movie into a striking feminist inquiry."
Nathan Lee, THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Prepare to be surprised and enlightened. As the title aptly suggests, this is a film and subject matter that concerns just about everyone. "All of Us" doesn't patronize its viewers. The film is a stark eye-opener, and can prompt a frank and all-too-needed discussion on an awkward topic that happens to be a matter of life and death."
Martain Tsai, THE NEW YORK SUN
"Ms. Abt brings out the best in her subjects: Tara and Chevelle and their partners are fully realized, not just poster children for the cause. Ms. Abt said she made the film to “spark dialogue and social change especially among young women who are on the frontlines of tremendous personal risk.” Now let’s just hope they’ll go and see it."
Sarah Vilkomerson, THE NEW YORK OBSERVER
"A riveting, documentary by Emily Abt takes the time to dig in deeper to how the HIV/AIDS epidemic has morphed into a killer of African American women. The women who share their stories in "All of Us" are so incredibly brave and impressive and have spoken out so that what happened to them doesn't happen to girls and young women.”
Melissa Silverstein, WOMEN & HOLLYWOOD/HUFFINGTON POST
TAKE IT FROM ME
“With sympathy but without condescension, “Take It From Me” illuminates the complexity of poverty and the erroneous simplicity of much government policy… a powerful, heartfelt documentary.”
Julie Salamon, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Take It From Me” goes behind the numbers for a close-up look at individual New Yorkers struggling with poverty and the loss of public assistance. Here are scenes with more emotional impact than a dozen government reports. Bottom line: Take It Seriously.”
Terry Kelleher, PEOPLE MAGAZINE