Abbey Neidik

Abbey Neidik

Producer, Director, Camera, Writer

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.

2014 – Crown Heights Film Festival, Best Documentary — Shekinah

2008 – Hugo Television Awards – Chicago Film Festival Prize for Social Political Documentary

2006 – 3rd prize, International Women’s Festival Cinema Delle Donne, Italy – Vendetta Song

2006 – Best Documentary, Calgary Film Festival – Vendetta Song

2005 – Hotdocs Audience Pick Top Ten – Vendetta Song

2005 – CIDA Prize for Best Canadian Documentary on International Development at Hot Docs – Vendetta Song

2005 – Best Documentary Film, Female Eye Film Festival – Vendetta Song

2005 – Quebec Film Critics Association Best Medium Length Documentary, Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois – Vendetta Song

2004 – Gold Aurora Award – She Got Game

2003 – Guirlande d’Honneur, Sports Movies & TV Int. Festival, Milan – She Got Game

Chris Statuette, Columbus International Film Festival – She Got Game

2003 – Best Documentary – Silver, Temecula Valley Int. Film and Music
Festival, California – She Got Game

1999 – Best Documentary Series by an Independent, Hot Docs – Cola Conquest

Gold Apple, National Education Media Network – Cola Conquest

Gemini Award, Best Writing in a Documentary or Series – Cola Conquest

Gemini Nomination, Best Documentary Series – Cola Conquest

1998 – Best Series, Silver Hugo, Chicago International Television Competition – Cola Conquest

Best Biography, Gold Plaque, Chicago International Television Competition – The Love Prophet and the Children of God

1993 – Les Prix Gemeaux, Montreal. Nominated in two categories (Best Documentary, Best Editing) – Between the Solitudes

Genie for Best Documentary – A Song For Tibet

Blue Ribbon, American Film Festival – A Song For Tibet

First Prize, Hawaii Film Festival – A Song For Tibet

1991 – Genie Nomination – Falling in Between

1989 – Most Memorable Film, World Television Festival, Tokyo – Dark Lullabies

1986 – Red Ribbon, American Film Festival – Dark Lullabies

Canada Council Grant, Kafka

1985 – First Prize, International Film Festival of Mannheim – Dark Lullabies

Special Prize for Social Political Engagement, International Film Festival of Mannheim – Dark Lullabies

1985 – Educational Jury Award, International Film Festival of Mannheim – Dark Lullabies

1976 – Genie for Best Sound Editing – Volcano: An Inquiry into the Life and Times of Malcolm Lowry