Abbey Neidik has directed, produced and edited 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, which has been shown around the world and has garnered critical acclaim and numerous prestigious awards. The film was included in The Fifty Greatest Documentaries of all Times at the international Salute to the Documentary and was selected to represent the best of the NFB at retrospectives in London and France. Thirty years later, Dark Lullabies continues to be shown in screenings worldwide Including the inaugural film at the Stratford Festival Forum, the Berlin Arsenal 70th anniversary of the Holocaust, the Inconvenient Films: International Human Rights Festival, and Liberation 75 in Toronto
Next Neidik produced and directed The Love Prophet and the Children of God, an inside look at one of today’s most controversial religious cults which was awarded a Gold Plaque in Chicago; Between The Solitudes / Entre Solitudes, which was nominated for two Gemeaux for Best Documentary and Best Editing; and produced The Cola Conquest, 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 produced and directed The Journey Home: A Romanian Adoption, a tender and emotional film about Romanian orphans a decade after the fall of Ceausescu; She Got Game: Coming of Age on the WTA Tour, a unique, behind-the-scenes look at women’s tennis that received four international awards; produced Vendetta Song, which examines the tradition of honour killings within rural Kurdish tribes in Turkey; produced and directed Unbreakable Minds, a poignant film that aims to de-stigmatize and humanize mental illness; produced and 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.
More recently, Neidik produced and directed Beyond Earth: the Beginning of NewSpace, named by Realscreen as a MipCom Pic for 2017 and Big Wind, about the effects of industrial wind turbines; Shekinah Rising, a follow-up to Shekinah: the Intimate Lives of Hasidic Women, which was #1 in the box office for six weeks. Both films give an unprecedented look into the rarefied world of Hasidic women.
Neidik is currently working on Search for God, an experimental documentary and A Real Woman, a feature drama to be directed by Eylem Kaftan based on the DLI documentary Vendetta Song, and has just completed (with Angelico) First to Stand, a documentary featuring the work of Irwin Cotler and the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights.