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Abby  Ginzberg

Abby Ginzberg

Ginzberg Productions
Producer and Director of "Walk the Walk"
Berkeley, CA, USA

Abby Ginzberg, has been producing award-winning documentaries for the past 30 years. She began her career as a lawyer and law teacher before moving into filmmaking. Her most recent feature documentary, Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa (2014) was just screened in Johannesburg and Cape Town and will be returning to South Africa for the Encounters and Durban Film Festivals.

Her work as a documentary filmmaker took her to the Academy Awards in 2012 with a short film, The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement, for which she was the Consulting Producer.  Her documentaries, Soul of Justice: Thelton Henderson’s American Journey and Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice (about an African American and Latino judge) have aired on public television and been screened at film festivals across the United States and abroad and won numerous awards, including a Silver Gavel and CINE Golden Eagle for Soul of Justice.

Her short films, Cracking the Habit and recovering lives, uncovering hope, have been critical in helping to document model programs for both adult and juvenile drug courts, as well as other successful programs for at-risk youth.  She has also documented the innovative work of cities in combatting the HIV epidemic with films about Oakland, Miami and the Bronx.  She produced Turning the Tide Together for the Opening Session of the AIDS 2012 conference in Washington, DC.  She has also produced a series of films for the Law School Admissions Council.

Abby has produced numerous award-winning films about obstacles to diversity in hiring and promotion within the legal profession.  She has just completed a new film for the State Bar of California called Walk the Walk, which will be used to help jumpstart a new discussion about overcoming stereotypes. Another film in production is, Agents of Changes: Black Students and the Transformation of the American University, co-produced with Frank Dawson, and looks at the challenges faced by black college students in the late 1960’s and the subsequent demands for black and ethnic studies programs in light of the current attacks on affirmative action programs across the country.

She is the President of the Berkeley Film Foundation, which has awarded over $700,000 in grants to documentary filmmakers; is on the Boards of the Thelton Henderson Center for Social Justice at UC Berkeley Law School, The Impact Fund and the Yale Law School Visual Advocacy Project.  She was selected as a Gerbode Foundation Fellow in 2008 and has taught Documentaries as a Form of Social Justice Advocacy at Vanderbilt and Suffolk Law Schools.  She has a JD from Hastings College of the Law and BA from Cornell University.


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