ABBY GINZBERG | FILMMAKER
Filmmaker Abby Ginzberg has been producing and directing award-winning documentary films for nearly three decades. Her most recent feature-length documentary, SOFT VENGEANCE: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa, was an official selection at IFP in 2013 and premiered at Full Frame in 2014 and is currently traveling internationally throughout the festival circuit, where it has screened at the Berkshire International Film Festival, AFI Docs in Washington, DC, the Durban International Film Festival, Hot Springs, Vermont International Film Festival and DOCNYC. It won the People's Choice Award from the Vancouver South African Film Festival and the Audience Award for Best International Documentary from the Encounters Film Festival in South Africa. She has produced and directed two other award-winning feature length documentaries about judicial trailblazers-- SOUL OF JUSTICE profiled Thelton Henderson, one of the first African American federal judges who is currently overseeing the reform of medical care in California prisons; SOWING THE SEEDS OF JUSTICE about Cruz Reynoso, one of 11 children from a farmworker family who became the first Latino appointed to the California Supreme Court. Her thought-provoking films seek to inspire audiences to follow in the footsteps of those who have committed themselves to transforming the societies in which they live.
Abby was the Consulting Producer for THE BARBER OF BIRMINGHAM (co-produced by Gail Dolgin and Robin Fryday), which was nominated for an Oscar in the short Documentary category in 2012. She has created films on criminal justice reform, innovative HIV programs and diversity in the legal profession. She is currently in post-production on AGENTS OF CHANGE, co-produced with Frank Dawson, which features actor/activist Danny Glover, sociologist and sports expert, Harry Edwards, among many others. This film tells the untold story of the civil rights movement on college campuses, which challenged the status quo and creating demands for black studies programs and increased minority representation on campus.