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Behind the Camera

Biography
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Abby Berendt Lavoi is an award-winning Director, Writer, mother, cancer survivor, and joyful ball of sarcasm. She is the Showrunner of My Amazing Cheap Date: New Orleans and has received honors and awards from the New Orleans Film Festival, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, SIFF, SFIndieFest, Indie Memphis, Oxford, the Telly Awards, Promax, and many others. Her television credits include MTV, TV Land, Nick@Nite, and Current TV. Her feature documentary, Roots of Fire, won Best Film at Nederland Film Festival, and Best Director at All That Moves Film Festival. In 2021, she won the Women in Film and Television’s Resilient Woman Award and her screenplay, Saving Yourself, was a finalist in the WeScreenplay Feature Contest. She won Best Editor at Mockfest for the film Rolled. Her series It’s a Rough Life was a finalist for the NYTVF History Channel Unscripted Development Pipeline. Since 2008, she has successfully run Lavoi Creative (TeamJADED Productions), a full service creative agency and production studio. She has created content for Google, YouTube (Corporate), Pandora Internet Radio, Netflix, Autodesk, Squarespace, MindBodyGreen, Vox, MindBodyGreen, Bank of America, SFMOMA, YouTube, TuneIn Radio, Discovery Channel, COMPLEX, Marriott, Mastercard, among several other companies and various political campaigns. She is a member of Film Fatales, Free the Bid / Free the Work, Women in Film & Television (WiFT) and Cinefemme. 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 several TV Networks. She has a degree in Technical Journalism and Video Communication from Colorado State University. Her fundamental passion is to tell creative, socially relevant, and cinematically engaging stories.

Awards &
Nominations

FESTIVAL
WINNER

BEST
EDITOR

OFFICIAL
SELECTION

17+ Festival Run (and counting) including Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, San Francisco Documentary Festival, Indie Memphis, Oxford Film Festival

ROOTS OF FIRE

Feature Documentary

Winner: Best Documentary Film (Nederland), Best Film Director (All That Moves)

SFIndieFest, Queens World Film Festival, 2021

New Orleans Film Festival, Houston Cinema Arts Festival 2020

CALIFORNIA CREOLE

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 

Narrative Short [Producer]

New York Television Festival 2014

IT'S A ROUGH LIFE

Web Series

History Channel Unscripted Development Pipeline Finalist

San Francisco 48 Hour Film Festival 2012

ALWAYS THERE

Short Film

Winner: Best Film, Best Actress, Nominated: Editing, Sound Design

Mockfest Film Festival 2012

ROLLED

Feature Mockumentary

Winner: Best Editing

Seattle International Film Festival / Skateboard Film Festival 2010

MAKE IT HAPPEN: LOWCARD

Short Documentary

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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