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Neil Abramson

Neil Abramson

With his first commercial feature film, under his belt, director Neil Abramson is a wanted man. As one of the top commercial and music video directors of our time, this young South African native entrenches himself in projects that investigate the human condition and psyche and reflect the state of today's society. When the producers of Ringmaster were looking for a director with unique sensibilities and vision, they looked no further than Abramson, who at the time was on the war fields in Northern Uganda shooting his heartfelt documentary Soldier Child. After reading the script, the next morning Abramson found himself discussing the project over breakfast at a fast-food diner on the West Coast of Florida.

The aforementioned Soldier Child is a self-funded documentary that focuses on the horrors children are facing in Northern Uganda where they are kidnapped and forced into soldier camps. The children are trained to protect the very country that has taken them hostage. Few escape. Even less survive. Award-winning actor Danny Glover narrates. Accompanying the film is an exhibit of still photographs taken by Abramson simultaneously while shooting the film. Soldier Child will debut at the upcoming Amnesty International Film Festival in Seattle.

Abramson's critically acclaimed feature film directorial debut, Without Air, debuted in the American Spectrum of the 1996 Sundance Film Festival and won The Most Promising Newcomer award for its helmer. That same year, Daily Variety lauded him on its prestigious 10 To Watch list.

Prior to embracing the world of feature filmmaking, Abramson began his career establishing himself as one of the most sought-after music video directors working with such high-profile talent as UB40, Siouxie and the Banshees and Dwight Yoakam. Abramson's commercial work garnered both a Silver and Gold Lion Award from the Cannes Film Festival which included a powerful anti-smoking campaign for the Massachusetts Department of Health. Additionally, the prolific action director helmed spots for the Nike Women campaign for such Olympiads as the U.S. Women's Downhill Ski champion Picabo Street, U.S. Volleyball master Gabrielle Reese and U.S. Tennis pro Monica Seles as well as directed the national Nike Tribute campaign for Jackie Robinson featuring baseball legend Hank Aaron.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

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Selected Filmography

American Son
Without Air
Soldier Child
American Son by Miramax Films by Neil Abramson
Ringmaster/My 5 Wives
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