Behind the Camera

Biography
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Abby Berendt Lavoi is an award-winning Showrunner, Director, Producer, Writer, mother, cancer- survivor, and joyful ball of sarcasm. She has received awards and honors from the New York Television Festival, the Telly Awards, New Orleans Film Festival, San Francisco Documentary Festival, OXIFF, SFIndieFest, Queens World Film Festival, PromaxBDA, Broadcast Education Association, Houston Cinema Arts Festival, 48 Hour Film Festival, Colorado State Alumni Association, Oxford Film Festival, and the Seattle International Film Festival & Skateboard Film Festival. She is a member of Free the Bid / Free the Work, Women in Film & Television (WiFT) and Cinefemme. She has worked with various media companies, which have spanned the industries of TV, Film, Internet, Publishing, Radio, and Music. She was a Showrunner (as well as director and editor) on the Hearst TV series, My Amazing Cheap Date. Her television & staff credits include MTV, MTV2, mtvU, TV Land, Nick@Nite, and Current TV. Since 2008, she has successfully run Lavoi Creative, LLC (TeamJADED Productions), a full service creative agency and production studio. She has created video work for Google, Pandora Internet Radio, Netflix, Vox, MindBodyGreen, Bank of America, SFMOMA, YouTube, TuneIn, Discovery Channel, Google Play, Complex, Marriott, Mastercard, as well as many other companies and various political campaigns. She created and produced the web series It’s a Rough Life, which was a finalist for the 2014 New York Television Festival’s History Unscripted Development Pipeline. Her film, Always There won Best Film and Best Actress at the San Francisco 48 Hour Film Festival in 2012. She produced and edited the feature length film, Rolled, which won Best Editing at Mockfest in 2012. She has earned five Telly Awards for short documentaries and branded content. Abby also has an in-depth background in marketing & promotions, spearheading campaigns for HarperCollins Publishers, working in the Sony Music Alternative Marketing Department, and writing and producing promos for TVLand, Nick@Nite, and Current TV. She has a degree in Technical Journalism and Video Communication from Colorado State University. Her fundamental passion is to tell creative, informative, and socially relevant, cinematically engaging stories.

Awards &
Nominations

FESTIVAL
WINNER

BEST
EDITOR

OFFICIAL
SELECTION

San Francisco Documentary Festival, Oxford Film Festival, 2022

WorldFest - Houston, Gold Remi Winner

ROOTS OF FIRE

Official Selection, Feature Documentary

SFIndieFest, Queens World Film Festival, 2021

New Orleans Film Festival, Houston Cinema Arts Festival 2020

CALIFORNIA CREOLE

Official Selection, Short Documentary

Nominated: Best Cinematography, Best Short Documentary

Finalist, WeScreenplay Feature Contest 2021

Recommended by The Script Lab

SAVING YOURSELF

Screenplay

Top 5% of Discoverable Projects of Coverfly

New Orleans Film Festival, Oxford Film Festival 2019

Fantasia Film Festival, Indie Grits, NOLA Horror Film Festival 2020

The Rougarou, directed by Lorraine Caffery 

Official Selection, Narrative Short [Producer]

New York Television Festival 2014

IT'S A ROUGH LIFE

History Channel Unscripted Development Pipeline Finalist

San Francisco 48 Hour Film Festival 2012

ALWAYS THERE

Winner: Best Film, Best Actress

Nominated: Editing, Sound Design

Mockfest Film Festival 2012

ROLLED

Winner: Best Editing

Seattle International Film Festival / Skateboard Film Festival 2010

MAKE IT HAPPEN: LOWCARD

Featured Short

Telly Awards

VARIOUS BRANDED CONTENT & SHORT DOCUMENTARIES

Winner: 5 Silver & Bronze Awards

Clients
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Branded Content

Abby has created groundbreaking video content for brands large and small, national and international. Partnering with her clients to produce, direct, and edit, she has delivered countless branded content videos for theses brands (among many others).

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