Pureland Pictures

TEAM

During its 18-year tenure, Pureland has built a strong reputation with clients for taking on delicate subject matter with skill and diplomacy.  No one makes films alone and Emily collaborates with a team of outstanding professionals to bring ideas to life. 

 
 

EMILY ABT – WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER/CINEMATOGRAPHER

Selected as one of Variety Magazine's 'Top 10 Directors to Watch', Emily Abt is a critically acclaimed filmmaker who has directed five features.  Her first narrative feature “Toe to Toe” (which she also wrote) premiered at Sundance and was released by Strand. The film featured break-out performances by Sonequa Martin-Green (star of "Star Trek:Discovery") and Louisa Krause (star of "The Girlfriend Experience").  Abt is also a veteran documentary filmmaker who has shot, produced and directed doc and reality content for Showtime, Starz , PBS, OWN, MTV and the Sundance channel. She has taught both narrative and documentary filmmaking at Princeton University and is a seasoned branded content creator who has directed numerous projects for clients such as Johnson & Johnson and Oracle.

Abt's first feature documentary “Take It From Me” (PBS’s POV series) was created when she was a 23 year-old caseworker in New York City. She then went on to receive her MFA in film directing from Columbia University and was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to make her thesis film. “All of Us”, Abt's second documentary feature, was Showtime's World AIDs Day film. Abt’s third documentary feature, “Daddy Don’t Go”, is currently airing on the Starz network. The film is executive produced by the actors Omar Epps and Malik Yoba and has screened at over 35 festivals, winning eight “Best Documentary” awards.

Abt is also an award-winning screenwriting who was hired by media mogul Troy Carter to adapt the hood-lit classic and NYT bestseller "True to the Game" for the screen. Her current fiction feature project is "Audrey's Run" which won the Athena Award for scripts featuring outstanding female protagonists. Jurnee Smollett, Pablo Shreiber and Lili Taylor are attached to star; Paul Schnee is casting and ICM is packaging the film.

Abt was a Brooklyn based filmmaker for 19 years who moved to the Bay area in 2016 with her husband (UC Berkeley Professor Shamik Dasgupta) and their two daughters. She recently directed and operated 2nd Camera on a new documentary feature for the Showtime Network about two transgender people living in rural America.  It will air on the network in 2018.

 

Collaborators

SUZETTE BURTON –PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/EDITOR/CINEMATOGRAPHER

Suzette Burton Co-Produced “Daddy Don’t Go” and has been working with Pureland since 2010.  She studied film and video at Pratt Institute where she graduated with a BFA in Film/Video. During her time at Pratt, Suzette created several films and video installations including a documentary entitled “Disconnected” about her father’s mysterious death. Since graduating from film school, Suzette has worked as an Assistant Editor on the documentary “Little White Lie” and as an Assistant Producer for a variety of television shows including The Maury Povich Show, Atlas Media, Black Entertainment Television, Mr. Youth, Biggest Loser, The Tyra Banks Show, Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane and Celebrity Catwalk. Suzette currently works at One Kreate as a producer and The Moth as an editor.

JAMES DIRITO - ILLUSTRATOR/GRAPHIC DESIGNER/MOTION DESIGNER

With over 15 years experience, James DiRito whose background as a multi-disciplinary designer has shaped his aesthetics and sense of design.  His clients include: LionsGate Films, Olivia Travel, DiningOut Magazine and many Bay Area small businesses.  His approach is to engage in the creative process by going to the root source of a client's needs. Together, we build a design that is the balance between simplicity and complexity from which inspiring, compelling, and authentic narratives are born.

ANDREW NAM CHUL OSBORNE - PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/CINEMATOGRAPHER

Andrew is an award winning filmmaker and producer based in New York City who co-directed/shot “Daddy Don’t Go” and has collaborated with Emily since 2008. He is currently a Senior Producer at BBDO Worldwide, working across the agency's client roster on innovative branded content. His work has been recognized by the Cannes Lions, Clios, and ADDY award shows.  Osborne graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a B.F.A. from the Film and Television program.

NATALIE TETER - ASSOCIATE PRODUCER/IMPACT STRATEGIST/OUTREACH COORDINATOR Natalie Teter is an Associate Producer on upcoming Sundance-supported feature film "The Last Black Man in San Francisco", Sundance and SXSW short film select "American Paradise," and ITVS co-production "The F Word Series". 

NATALIE TETER - ASSOCIATE PRODUCER/IMPACT STRATEGIST/OUTREACH COORDINATOR

Natalie Teter is an Associate Producer on upcoming Sundance-supported feature film "The Last Black Man in San Francisco", Sundance and SXSW short film select "American Paradise," and ITVS co-production "The F Word Series". 

 

OMAR EPPS - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/ACTOR

 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.

ANDREW GERSH - EDITOR Andrew Gersh co-edited “Daddy Don’t Go” and is currently editing the documentary “Crip Camp” by legendary sound designer Jim LeBrecht.  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 feature documentary credits include “Real Boy”(PBS’ Independent Lens);SPARK: A Burning Man Story (premiered at SXSW) and “The Revolutionary Optimists” which aired on PBS’ Independent Lens and was nominated for an Emmy.

ANDREW GERSH - EDITOR

Andrew Gersh co-edited “Daddy Don’t Go” and is currently editing the documentary “Crip Camp” by legendary sound designer Jim LeBrecht.  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 feature documentary credits include “Real Boy”(PBS’ Independent Lens);SPARK: A Burning Man Story (premiered at SXSW) and “The Revolutionary Optimists” which aired on PBS’ Independent Lens and was nominated for an Emmy.

MALIK YOBA - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/ACTOR 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.

MALIK YOBA - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/ACTOR

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/WRITER/DIRECTOR

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's narrative feature film debut "The Tale" (starring Laura Dern and Common) will premiere in Dramatic Competition at Sundance 2018.

 
JEFF MARCELLO - EDITOR Jeff is a film and video editor and post-supervisor. He and Emily have collaborated for many years starting with "Toe to Toe" which Jeff edited and post-supervised.  Jeff also cut "Daddy Don't Go" and two shorts directed by Emily as well as a mini-doc for Janssen.  His recent feature film credits include "Cultures of Resistance" and "Planet B-Boy", the spectacular dance documentary that follows the evolution of breakdancing throughout the world. Jeff has also edited many television shows and commercials for MTV, Discovery Channel, TLC, Travel Channel, Style Network, Spike TV, Cooking Channel and Nickelodeon. Jeff owns and operates a boutique post-production facility in Los Angelos and is also a respected post-production consultant and speaker.

JEFF MARCELLO - EDITOR

Jeff is a film and video editor and post-supervisor. He and Emily have collaborated for many years starting with "Toe to Toe" which Jeff edited and post-supervised.  Jeff also cut "Daddy Don't Go" and two shorts directed by Emily as well as a mini-doc for Janssen.  His recent feature film credits include "Cultures of Resistance" and "Planet B-Boy", the spectacular dance documentary that follows the evolution of breakdancing throughout the world. Jeff has also edited many television shows and commercials for MTV, Discovery Channel, TLC, Travel Channel, Style Network, Spike TV, Cooking Channel and Nickelodeon. Jeff owns and operates a boutique post-production facility in Los Angelos and is also a respected post-production consultant and speaker.

ERIC HOLLAND - COMPOSER

Holland created the score for two of Emily’s feature films “Daddy Don’t Go” and “Beyond the Opposite Sex”.  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.

 

KERYN THOMPSON - PRODUCER/ANIMATOR/ILLUSTRATOR

An alumna of the Rhode Island School of Design, Thompson is a longtime Pureland collaborator who was Associate Producer on Pureland’s 2010 film “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 horror-comedy, Area 718.

MARCUS HANSCHEN - PHOTOGRAPHER

Marcus Hanschen has been creating images for over 30 years.  He has photographed legendary recording artists including Snoop Dog, Lenny Kravitz, Ice Cube, Jane’s Addiction and many others.  His client list includes Sony, Condé Nast, NEST and Miller Freeman.    He has taught photography, drawing and architecture at the University of California and California College of the Arts.  Marcus lives in Berkeley with his partner and their daughter Kai.