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.

"Toe to Toe" is Emily Abt’s first narrative feature film about an interracial friendship between two high school girls set in Washington, DC.

"Toe to Toe" Premiered in Dramatic Competition at Sundance 2009 and was distributed by Strand Releasing. 


In the South Bronx, a young doctor embarks on a research project to find out why black women are being infected with the HIV virus at an alarming rate. Dr. Mehret Mandefro takes us into the lives and relationships of two of her female patients, Chevelle and Tara, as they identify and struggle with the social factors that put them at risk.


"Take It From Me" is the story of four women struggling against great odds to raise themselves and their families out of the poverty in New York City. It is also an in-depth look at the human impact of the 1996 Personal Responsibility Act and its five-year limit on public assistance. Has welfare reform been successful? Are the former public assistance recipients better off once they leave welfare? Shot over a two-year period, "Take It From Me" lets the film's participants speak for themselves.