Abby Epstein

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Abby Epstein is a film director and producer most known for working in the field of the documentary. Her film The Business of Being Born, which deals with the birth process in American hospitals, is one of her most widely known and acclaimed films.

Life and career[edit]

Abby Epstein started her career as a theatre director having her own production company, Roadworks Productions, which is based in Chicago.[1] Roadworks Productions was founded in 1992, and the company had seen much success in the mid 1990s. After directing a few productions in Chicago, Abby moved to New York to be an assistant director on the production of Rent. She then worked on The Vagina Monologues with Eve Ensler.

Epstein directed her first documentary Until the Violence Stops, a film about the impact of The Vagina Monologues on a global scale. Five years after releasing Until the Violence Stops, Abby Epstein released The Business of Being Born in 2008.[2] She is currently working on her third film, Sweetening the Pill, a film that aims to address the side effects of taking the birth control pill.

Much of Abby Epstein's film career deals with birth and sex. Her film Until the Violence Stops premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 and won an Emmy after its screening on Lifetime.[3] The Business of Being Born debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2007 and released theatrically in 2008.

In October 2018, Epstein released Weed the People, a documentary about infants with pediatric cancer, that she worked on for 6 years with Ricky Lake as an executive producer.[4][5][6] The film studies the effects of a lack of cannabis legalization in the US, and follows the parents of sick children trying to get access.[7][5] It makes the case for increasing the amount of research into medical marijuana and making it easier for patients who get relief from medical applications of cannabis.[5]


Production Year Role
Until the Violence Stops 2003 Director
The Business of Being Born 2008 Director, Producer
Breastmilk 2014 Producer
The Mama Sherpas 2015 Producer


  1. ^ Jones, Chris. "Fork in the Roadworks". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  2. ^ Dawson, Nick. "Abby Epstein, The Business Of Being Born". Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  3. ^ "The Team". Ricki and Abby Films. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  4. ^ Astre, K. (2019-05-16). "'Weed the People:' Marijuana for Those Who Need It Most". Cannabis Now. Retrieved 2019-05-30.
  5. ^ a b c Myers, Kimber. "Review: Documentary 'Weed the People' looks at cannabis and pediatric cancer". Retrieved 2019-05-30.
  6. ^ "Ricki Lake to visit Cambridge for local debut of 'Weed the People' - The Boston Globe". Retrieved 2019-05-30.
  7. ^ ""Weed the People" documentary features children helped by medical marijuana". Retrieved 2019-05-30.

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