EMILY ABT, DIRECTOR/PRODUCER (Pictured far right) One of Variety Magazine’s “Top 10 Directors to Watch,” Emily Abt has produced and directed documentaries for PBS, OWN, MTV, Showtime and the Sundance Channel. She also directs commercial campaigns, most recently for Johnson & Johnson. Abt earned her MFA from Columbia University and received a Fulbright fellowship for her thesis film. Her documentary features include “Take It From Me” (2001 POV) and “All of Us” (Showtime’s 2008 World AIDS Day film). Abt’s first narrative feature, “Toe to Toe,” premiered at Sundance 2009 and was released in 2010 by Strand Releasing. “Audrey’s Run,” Abt’s most recent narrative feature which she wrote and will direct, is currently in development. Paula Patton, Mike Epps, Pablo Schreiber and Jurnee Smollett will star, Blythe Robertson and Mike Bowes are producing. Abt is represented by Ava Greenfield at ICM.
ANDREW OSBORNE, CO-DIRECTOR/CINEMATOGRAPHER (Pictured second to left) Andrew Nam Chul Osborne is a Brooklyn-based director, producer, cinematographer and editor. He has directed commercial campaigns for LinkedIn, Rawlings and The American Red Cross. A frequent collaborator with Pureland Pictures, Osborne has directed and produced over a dozen projects for Pureland Pictures alongside award-winning filmmaker Emily Abt. He was the Associate Producer on Abt’s narrative feature “Toe to Toe,” and has been the cinematographer on many Pureland projects. He holds a BFA in Film and Television Production from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Osborne is currently a producer for BBDO Worldwide.
KERYN THOMPSON, PRODUCER (Pictured far left) An alumna of the Rhode Island School of Design, Thompson is a longtime collaborator of Pureland’s and associate produced the 2009 Sundance feature “Toe to Toe.” As an animator/illustrator, her work has been featured in films, television shows, music videos, and print campaigns. These include “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee” (premiered Berlin International Film Festival, 2009), the Sundance Channel show “Love Lust,” and pieces for Stevie Nicks’ release of “Crystal Visions.” Thompson has also produced several genre based films under Penny Spent Films, including the 2017 psychological thriller “The Abduction of Jennifer Grayson.” She is currently in preproduction on the comedy "Area 718."
SUZETTE BURTON, CO-PRODUCER/OUTREACH COORDINATOR (Pictured second to right) Suzette Burton graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Film/Video in 2006. During her time at Pratt, Suzette created the first part of a documentary entitled “Disconnected” about her father's mysterious death and his absence from her life. Since graduating from film school, Suzette has worked as a producer on “The Maury Povich Show,” “The Tyra Banks Show” and “Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane.” Suzette currently works at John Jay College of Criminal Justice as a videographer and video editor.
OTHER KEY CREW
OMAR EPPS, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER is an award-winning actor, having starred in the hit FOX medical drama “House” for 8 seasons. Epps received an NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series” in both 2007 and 2008. As someone who grew up fatherless, the issues in “Daddy Don’t Go” resonate with Omar personally and are close to his heart.
MALIK YOBA, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER starred in FOX’s hit drama “New York Undercover,” played a pivotal role in the first season of “Empire,” and has gained cult status with the sci-fi epic “Alphas.” As a father of three children and a lifelong advocate for children, families and community building, Yoba believes “Daddy Don’t Go” comes at the right time to continue a much-needed conversation.
JENNIFER FOX, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Jennifer Fox directed “Beirut: The Last Home Movie” (Best Film and Cinematography 1998 Sundance Film Festival), the ten-hour “An American Love Story” (1999 Sundance Film Festival), the six-part “Flying Confessions of a Free Woman” (2008 Sundance Film Festival), and the feature “My Reincarnation” (IDFA Audience Award 2010; POV 2012; Emmy nominated 2013).
JEFF MARCELLO, EDITOR has been telling stories through editing for fifteen years. Notable documentary credits include “Planet B-boy” (Tribeca, 2007), “Cultures of Resistance” (IDFA, 2010), “Return to Afghanistan” (Margaret Mead Film Festival, 2003). Marcello also edited Emily Abt's narrative feature, “Toe to Toe” (2009 Sundance Film Festival) and has cut television shows and commercials for major cable networks such as MTV, Spike, Nickelodeon, Discovery, Travel Channel, TLC and NBC Sports.
ERIC HOLLAND, COMPOSER Holland has been working with music and sound for over 20 years. Past projects include the documentaries “The Mask You Live In,” "Representation,” “Desert Runners,” “Speed & Angels,” and “Motherland,” the PBS/Sundance Channel series “e2 – the economies of being environmentally conscious” narrated by Brad Pitt; and commercial campaigns for Nokia and Blue Cross. Eric lives with his wife and two daughters in the Bay Area.
ANDREW GERSH, CO-EDITOR Editor Andrew Gersh’s work has appeared on PBS, ABC, MSNBC, National Geographic, Discovery, Turner Broadcasting, the BBC and Channel 4, UK and in theaters worldwide. He is a Sundance Documentary Edit and Story Lab Fellow. His latest feature documentaries include "SPARK: A Burning Man Story," which premiered at the 2013 South by Southwest Film Festival.
BOARD OF ADVISORS
KATHRYN EDIN is one of the nation’s leading researchers on poverty and a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of the acclaimed bestseller “Doing the Best I Can: Fatherhood in the Inner City” and a founding member of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Network on Housing and Families with Young Children.
WILLIAM JULIUS WILSON is a University Professor at Harvard and an acclaimed sociologist whose works include “When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor,” “The Bridge Over the Racial Divide: Rising Inequality and Coalition Politics,” and “More Than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City.”
MICHAEL KIMMEL is a Professor and the Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook University. He is also the founder/editor of the journal “Men and Masculinities.”
KENNETH BRASWELL is the Executive Director of Fathers Incorporated, a leading organization in the growing Responsible Fatherhood movement. He is also the author of “When the Tear Don’t Fall: One Man’s Journey Through the Intimate Struggles of Manhood and Fatherhood.”