Danya Abt

Brooklyn, New York, United States


A midwesterner by birth, I was raised in Chicago and Detroit and stayed in the region to earn a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College. I then sought out a hands-on education in filmmaking in New York City.

My first film, “Food Water Revolution,” which captures the early days of Iraq Veterans Against the War, played at MOMA's Documentary Fortnight. I then worked with IVAW to produce “Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan” a televised speak-out by young veterans. In the following years I directed a documentary about the Chad-Cameroon Pipeline, living in Cameroon for part of the time, then serving as producer for Grit TV with Laura Flanders.

As a fellow of Uniondocs Collaborative Studio I directed “Eric Winter to Spring”, a Vimeo Staff Pick featured at the True/False and Camden Film Festivals. My BBC Reel piece, "The Cake That Survived WW2" was selected for a Lovie Award "Honouring the best of the European Internet,” and my short film “The Sinkhole” was an official selection of the Traverse City Film Festival and others.

I’m an active member of the documentary community and contribute my passion to the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective and the Alliance of Documentary Editors.y