earned degrees in Criminology and Spanish at the University of Maryland and completed graduate studies in film and television at the Savannah College of Art and Design. During his time in Savannah, Abbey focused on writing and directing, completing several short scripts, teleplays, and feature length screenplays, including Truth or Consequences, which was a Project Greenlight quarter-finalist. In 2006, his original script, Pennsyltucky, placed fourth out of 2,000 entries in the Slamdance Screenplay Competition. As an actor, Abbey has been in a number of films and has lent his voice to narrations and commercial voiceovers. Abbey wrote, directed, and produced his first feature film, Boxing Day, in 2008. Made for just $2,000 and shot largely over two weekends, Boxing Day has gone on to play at multiple film festivals, earn enthusiastic reviews, and win several awards. Abbey completed a second feature, 6 Nonsmokers, in 2010. In 2013, Abbey co-produced and co-wrote a feature adaptation of the play Of Dice and Men. His original fantasy webseries, The Broken Continent, is now available at getbroken.tv.
“People are my favorite subject. This was true when I took an old Polaroid Instant to parties and taped pictures to an actual, physical wall. It was true when I was in film school and shot set pics with the very first Canon Digital Rebel.
And it’s true now.
I started taking pictures as a fly on the wall documentarian, capturing the best candid moments. Over the years my directorial instincts have crossed over into my photography and I now love coaching people into a great picture.”
CBS Eye on Excellence, 2015
The Broken Continent - Webseries
-Bronze, Directing, TIVA Peer Awards
-Bronze, Screenwriting, TIVA Peer Awards
-Silver, Fiction Short Film, TIVA Peer Awards
American Standard (Left Over Right and Under) Feature Length Script
-Winner: Screenwriter Takes All, April 2011
Truth or Consequences - Feature Length Screenplay
-Project Greenlight Quarterfinalist
Pennsyltucky - Feature Length Screenplay
-Slamdance Screenplay Competition, 4th Place
Boxing Day - Feature Film