Tags: Cultural Criticism; Directing; Documentary; Politics; Screenwriting

Abigail Disney


Abigail Disney is an award-winning filmmaker, philanthropist, and the CEO and president of Fork Films. An active supporter of peacebuilding, she is passionate about advancing women’s roles in the public sphere. Fork Films has supported more than 50 films and series that focus on social issues, including the Academy Award-nominated films Sun Come Up (2011, Best Documentary Short) and The Invisible War (2012, Best Documentary Feature).

Having grown up in a family of filmmakers, Disney turned to documentaries in 2008, inspired by the story of a group of women who used nonviolent protests and sex strikes to bring an end to Liberia’s long civil war. That film, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, won best documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2008 and screened in 60 countries around the world on all 7 continents.

Pray the Devil Back to Hell led Disney to work on a five-part special series for PBS called Women, War & Peace, which aired in 2011 and was the winner of the Overseas Press Club’s Edward R. Murrow Award, a Gracie Award, and a Television Academy Honor. Disney also founded Peace is Loud, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting and spotlighting women who resist violence in their communities. She was the executive producer of the Fork Films original production The Trials of Spring, a major cross-media event that tells the stories of nine women on the front lines of change in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, Bahrain, and Yemen.

Disney’s directorial debut, The Armor of Light, premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. The Armor of Light follows an Evangelical minister trying to find the courage to preach about the growing toll of gun violence in America. Reverend Rob Schenck, anti-abortion activist and fixture on the political far right, breaks with orthodoxy by questioning whether being pro-gun is consistent with being pro-life.

Disney received her bachelor’s degree from Yale University, her master’s degree from Stanford University, and her doctorate from Columbia University. While pursuing her PhD, Disney taught English and American literature at Iona College.

Abigail Disney, Killer Content Partner to Launch Female-Led Level-Forward Studio | article | Variety
War Belongs to Women, Too | essay | Time
Abigail Disney Finally Embraces Iconic Last Name | interview | Forbes
Abigail Disney, a Liberal among Conservatives, Examines a Minister’s Beliefs in ‘The Armor of Light’ | profile | LA Times

Festival Years: 2018