Emily Abt has shot, directed and produced documentaries for Showtime, PBS, OWN, MTV, Starz and the Sundance Channel. Her narrative feature “Toe to Toe,” was nominated for the Grand Jury Award at Sundance and was released by Strand. Her screenwriting credits include "True to the Game" and "Thirsty" which currently has Jurnee Smollett, Pablo Shreiber and Lili Taylor attached to star and is a finalist for the 2019 Sundance Feature Film Lab.
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 aired on the Starz Network and won eight “Best Documentary” awards. Abt recently directed the feature documentary “Beyond the Opposite Sex” for Showtime and it premiered on the network in March 2018. Abt is also a seasoned branded content director who has created work for clients such as Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson and Oracle. She is represented by Ava Greenfield at ICM.
Films by Emily Abt
Captured over two years, Take It From Me is a feature-length documentary about four women struggling against great odds to raise themselves and their families out of poverty in New York City.
Toe to Toe tells the story of the friendship and rivalry between lacrosse teammates Tosha and Jesse, two senior girls at a competitive Washington, D.C. prep school. The two forge a close bond on the lacrosse field, but their friendship unravels as they navigate through gender, sexuality, race and class-related obstacles.
A young doctor in the South Bronx embarks on a project to find out why African-American women are becoming infected with HIV at alarming rates. She finds a dangerous power imbalance that all heterosexual women face in the bedroom, but rarely discuss. Selected as Showtime’s 2008 World AIDS Day Film.
Captured over two years, “Daddy Don’t Go” is a feature length documentary about four disadvantaged fathers in New York City as they struggle to beat the odds and defy the deadbeat dad stereotype.