Abigail E. Disney is an award-winning filmmaker, philanthropist and the CEO and president of Fork Films. An active supporter of peacebuilding, she is passionate about advancing women’s roles in the public sphere. Disney’s 20+ films and series focus on social issues, sharing a quality of spotlighting extraordinary people who speak truth to power.
Disney’s directorial debut, THE ARMOR OF LIGHT, premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and was a Peabody Award finalist and Emmy nominee. THE ARMOR OF LIGHT follows an Evangelical minister trying to find the courage to preach about the growing toll of gun violence in America. Reverend Rob Schenck, anti-abortion activist and fixture on the political far right, breaks with orthodoxy by questioning whether being pro-gun is consistent with being pro-life.
Having grown up in a family of filmmakers, Disney turned to documentaries in 2008, inspired to tell the story of a brave group of women who used nonviolent protests and sex strikes to bring an end to Liberia’s long civil war. That film, PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL, won best documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2008, and screened in 60 countries around the world on all seven continents. PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL is broadly credited with highlighting the bravery and sacrifice of its lead figure, Leymah Gbowee, who received a Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.
The extraordinary response to PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL led Disney to work on the five-part special series for PBS, WOMEN, WAR & PEACE, which aired in 2011 and was the winner of the Overseas Press Club’s Edward R. Murrow Award, a Gracie Award, and a Television Academy Honor. This first-of-its-kind series created and executive produced by Abigail Disney, Pamela Hogan and Gini Reticker looked at the role of women in war in the modern age, not just as victims of conflict, but as active agents for peace in their communities.
Under Disney’s leadership, Fork Films has also supported CAMERAPERSON, TRAPPED, STRONG ISLAND, 1971, CITIZEN KOCH, HOT GIRLS WANTED, and the Academy Award-nominated films THE SQUARE, SUN COME UP and THE INVISIBLE WAR.
Disney’s other producing credits include: THE MAS YOU LIVE IN; SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY; THE IRAN JOB; SEXY BABY; MOTHERS OF BEDFORD; THIS IS HOW I ROLL; ALIAS RUBY BLADE; and PLAYGROUND.