EMILY ABT – WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER/CINEMATOGRAPHER
Selected as one of Variety Magazine's 'Top 10 Directors to Watch', Emily Abt is an ambidextrous 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 's 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. She is also developing an Oakland-based episodic series entitled “Pureland”.
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. Abt's other feature documentaries include “All Of Us” (Showtime's 2008 World AIDs Day film) and “Daddy Don’t Go” which was executive produced by the actors/activists Omar Epps and Malik Yoba. The film screened at 35 festivals, won eight “Best Documentary” awards and is currently streaming on the Starz network. Abt recently directed and operated 2nd Camera on a documentary feature for Showtime entitled "Beyond the Opposite Sex” about two transgender people living in rural America. It premiered on the network in March 2018. She is currently directing a short film for 23andMe, the genetics testing company.
Abt lives in the Bay Area with her husband (UC Berkeley Professor Shamik Dasgupta) and their two daughters. She is represented by Ava Greenfield at ICM.