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” 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 projects for clients such as Microsoft, 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 screenwriter 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 "Thirsty" 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 20 years who moved to the Bay area in 2016 with her husband (UC Berkeley Professor Shamik Dasgupta) and their two daughters. She was recently tapped by Showtime to direct the documentary feature "Beyond the Opposite Sex" about two transgender people living in rural America. It premiered on the network in March 2018.