Selected as one of Variety Magazine’s “Top 10 Directors to Watch”, Emily Abt is an ambidextrous filmmaker who has directed five features. Abt’s narrative feature “Toe to Toe” was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and she has shot, produced and directed feature documentaries for Showtime, PBS, OWN, Starz and the Sundance Channel. Abt is also a seasoned branded content director who has created work for clients such as 23andMe, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, Oracle, Pfizer and Bloomingdales. Abt’s screenwriting credits include “Toe to Toe”, “True to the Game” and “Thirsty”, which Jonathan Duffy is attached to produce.
Abt’s first feature documentary “Take It From Me” (PBS’s POV series) was created when she was a 23 year-old caseworker. 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 Omar Epps and Malik Yoba. The film screened at 35 festivals, won eight “Best Documentary” awards and is currently streaming on Starz. Abt most recently directed “Beyond the Opposite Sex” a documentary feature for Showtime about two transgender people living in rural America. It premiered on the network in March 2018. She also recently shot and directed the branded content film “Born A Fighter” for 23andMe and Tribeca Studios.
Abt is based in the Bay area where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She is represented by Ava Greenfield at ICM.