Abby Ginzberg

Abby Ginzberg

Abby Ginzberg has been producing and directing award-winning documentary films since 1983. Her work has focused on character-driven stories, racial and gender discrimination and social justice issues, and has been shown in film/video festivals and broadcast on public television networks nationally and internationally. Her most recent feature documentary, Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice profiles the first Latino to be appointed to the California Supreme Court.  It has won several awards, played at US and international film festivals and is slated for broadcast on public television in the fall of 2011.

Soul of Justice: Thelton Henderson’s American Journey is an award winning documentary which has been featured at film festivals around the country and broadcast on public television stations nationally. Soul of Justice takes viewers through a thought -provoking and heart-wrenching cinematic experience, reverberating with the power of Henderson’s fearless efforts to make real the promise of the US Constitution for all citizens.

Ginzberg’s recent films include A Tale of Two Cities which won a CINE Golden Eagle award and Opportunity of a Lifetime. Ginzberg has produced numerous award-winning films documenting the successes of programs for at-risk and under served youth that deserve, but rarely get public attention. These films, whose “stars” include college bound low income students (Vanguard in the Vanguard), graduates of successful drug court programs (recovering lives, uncovering dreams), and AmeriCorps members (Everyday Heroes). Without her sensitivity and her tenacity, these compelling stories would never be told.

Profiling another unsung hero of the legal profession, Ginzberg produced and directed Doing Justice: The Life and Trials of Arthur Kinoy which portrayed civil rights lawyer Kinoy’s landmark cases which began with the Rosenbergs and continued through Watergate. The film has become a staple in law schools helping to inspire the next generation of “people’s lawyers.”

Ginzberg’s interest in justice and her efforts to shine a spotlight on important legal themes stems from having started her career as an attorney. After practicing law for 10 years, she switched careers and has produced over 30 films. She has captured the stories of trailblazing women and minority judges and has made more than 10 films about discrimination in the legal profession. She was selected as a 2008 Gerbode Foundation Fellow.