President, DLI Productions
Abbey Neidik is an established director and producer with an œuvre of over seventy films, including two Academy Award nominees.
In 1980 Neidik and his partner Irene Angelico formed DLI Productions. Together they produced and directed Dark Lullabies / Berceuses pour des ombres, which has been shown around the world and won numerous first prizes and prestigious awards. The film was included in The Fifty Greatest Documentaries of all Times at the international Salute to the Documentary, and selected to represent the best of the NFB at retrospectives in London and France
Next Neidik directed Between The Solitudes / Entre Solitudes, which was nominated for two Gemeaux Awards for Best Documentary and Best Editing. This was followed by two highly successful DLI features. The Love Prophet and the Children of God is an inside look at one of today’s most controversial religious cults and was awarded a Gold Plaque in Chicago. The Cola Conquest, produced by Neidik and directed by Angelico, is a three-part documentary special that garnered Best Documentary Series by an Independent at the Hot Docs Festival in Toronto, a Silver Hugo in Chicago, a Gold Apple in San Francisco, a Gemini nomination for Best Documentary Series and a Gemini Award for Best Writing in a Documentary or Series.
Neidik next co-produced and directed The Journey Home: A Romanian Adoption, a tender and emotional film about Romanian orphans a decade after the fall of Ceausescu, and co-produced and co-directed She Got Game: Coming of Age on the WTA Tour, a unique, behind-the-scenes look at women’s tennis that has already received four international awards.
More recently, Neidik produced Vendetta Song, which examines the tradition of honour killings within rural Kurdish tribes in Turkey; directed Unbreakable Minds, a poignant film that aims to de-stigmatize and humanize mental illness; co-produced and co-directed (with Angelico) Inside the Great Magazines, a three-part special about the inner workings of the magazine industry and the people who create them; and directed Canadaville, USA about billionaire Frank Stronach’s bold social experiment in rural Louisiana. Shot over two years, the film enters the lives of a group of Hurricane Katrina evacuees as they struggle to rebuild and break out of the cycle of poverty.
Currently, Neidik is directing SpaceRace2 about the privatization of space and the next great turning point in human history, producing Reaching for Zion about the surprising connections between Rastafari and Jews and the universal search for home, and directing Search for God, a quirky film about a documentary director with a broken heart trying to finish his film. He is also in development with Shekinah 2, catching up with the women in Shekinah five years later and delving deeper in the meaning of the Kabbalah.
Neidik is just releasing Big Wind, a feature documentary about industrial wind turbines, and in distribution with Shekinah: the Intimate Lives of Hasidic Women.
Along with his work in film, Neidik has been involved in the publication of The Aftermath: A Survivor’s Odyssey Through War-Torn Europe, which he edited with Angelico and Mark Pendergrast. The manuscript, which was the inspiration for Dark Lullabies, was endorsed by Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Elie Wiesel and the Dalai Lama.
Neidik’s latest production are Shekinah: the Intimate Lives of Hasidic Women, which gives us an unprecedented look into the rarefied world of Hasidic women, and Big Wind, about the effects of industrial wind turbines.