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My Dead Dad

Abby Ellis

Filmmaker

Co-director, My Dead Dad

Abby Ellis is a Peabody and Emmy-nominated Director. Her film, Flint’s Deadly Water, was a multi-year investigation that exposed a steep number of unknown deaths from a deadly disease outbreak during the Flint water crisis, the negligence of officials who allowed it to continue, and the efforts to obstruct the legal and scientific investigations around it. In 2020, she was the Hollyhock Filmmaker-in-Residence at PBS, where she wrote, directed, and produced Shots Fired, an unflinching look at the high rate of police shootings in Utah. Before that, Abby produced America Divided, an original docu-series executive produced by Norman Lear and Shonda Rhimes, which featured narratives around inequality in America woven into an eight-story, five-part series. Abby’s work has earned her a Peabody Award, several Emmy nominations, an Edward R. Murrow Award, a Scripps Howard Award, an Izzy Award, a Sentinel Award, an Acting for Justice Award, two Livingston nominations, and other honors. At the start of her career, Abby spent six years at VICE, where she produced and edited some of the network’s most pivotal and award-winning shows, from character-driven social and cultural documentaries to current affairs films.