Emily Abt is currently directing a documentary/fiction hybrid feature for the Showtime Newtork about two transgender people living in rural America. Her work has been lauded by publications such as the New York Times and People Magazine for gaining unprecedented access into hidden worlds and taking an honest approach to delicate subject matter. Abt's first feature documentary "Take It From Me" captured the human impact of welfare reform and aired on PBS's POV series in 2001. In 2004, Abt received her MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University and was awarded a Fulbright to create her thesis film "Aisha, the American" about a Muslim-American girl living in London. "All of Us", Abt's second documentary feature, followed a young doctor's fight against HIV/AIDS among African-American women and was the Showtime Network's World AIDS Day film in 2008. Abt’s latest documentary feature "Daddy Don't Go" is about disadvantaged fathers and is Executive Produced by the actors Omar Epps and Malik Yoba. The film premiered at DOC NYC in 2015 and has since screened at over 35 film festivals nationwide winning eight awards including Best Documentary at the American Black Film Festival and Urbanworld Film Festival. "Daddy Don't Go" is currently airing nationwide on the Starz Network.
Abt's first narrative feature "Toe to Toe" premiered in Dramatic Competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and was released nationwide in 2010 by Strand. "Audrey's Run", Abt's current fiction project, is about a woman who runs for mayor in Boston. The screenplay won the Athena Award and is slated for production in late 2017. Paula Patton, Mike Epps, Pablo Shreiber, Lili Taylor and Jurnee Smollett are attached to star; Mike Bowes and Blythe Robertson are producing; Abt will direct.
Abt 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.