CEO, Fork Films & Founder, Peace is Loud Charity
Abigail E. Disney is a filmmaker, philanthropist, activist, and the Emmy-winning director of The Armor of Light. As CEO and president of Fork Films, the documentary production company behind the groundbreaking Pray the Devil Back to Hell and PBS series Women, War & Peace, Abigail is committed to stories that create dialogue across divides and move the needle on social change. She has executive produced and supported over 90 projects through Fork Films’ funding program. Additionally, Abigail is the founder and president of Peace is Loud, a nonprofit that uses media and live events to highlight stories of women stepping up for peace. Recently, Abigail co-founded Level Forward, a new entertainment model and enterprise in which profit and principle go hand in hand. The company, formed in partnership with Killer Content, builds on the legacy of making stories that matter, with a commitment to innovation, inclusion and impact.
To try as hard as I can to leave the world better than I found it every single day.
You can’t do anything alone, so find partners. At the same time, don’t wait for others to start. Get out there and lead.
Connecting. Above all connecting.
Supporting other filmmakers. I feel an intense responsibility to look after not only my own work, but to support the work of others who might not have the access and privilege that I have. So I spend a lot of time doing as much as I can to help other filmmakers. 🙂
I have never, ever regretted a decision I made that required either courage or generosity. Everything might not always have worked as I’d have wished, but even when that happened, something good always ultimately resulted.
A Day in My Life:
What do you love most about Your City?
I love that my city, New York, is a big bubbling stew of people and art and ideas and politics and business. Everybody is either there, or has been there or wants to go there and when they get there everything speeds up. New York is my non stop injection of adrenaline and joy.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
I am not a big fan of breakfast. I usually eat it out of necessity. Le pain Quotidien is right by my office and has great avocado toast which wards off hunger for hours.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – Oh my god is anyone really awake at 6???
10:00 AM – Hopefully I’ve finished my work out and most of the email that came in overnight and early in the morning.
12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal?
Usually having lunch meeting and it changes locations all the time. Big salad with some protein.
7:00 PM – If I’m lucky, I’m having dinner with one of my kids or a friend or my husband. But more often I am somewhere I have to be. Meeting, conference, airplane, fundraiser.
11:00 PM – Trying to unwind. The problem with my addiction to adrenaline is the unwinding. I usually read a novel or something till I fall asleep. If I’m being dumb and compulsive, I’m on email again, trying to catch up on all that came in over the day.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
I apologize that it is Diet Coke, but I try to keep it to one or two a day. Beyond that it is sparkling water with a little bit of cranberry juice and lime. If you put it in a martini glass you look like you are celebrating with a cosmo.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
Twitter. I don’t know why I love Twitter. It kind of brings the worst out in people. But I love the occasional snark. My favorite account is @floridaman
What should everyone try at least once?
I am tempted to say scuba diving, but that’s not very realistic for everyone. I do think everyone should try to learn an instrument at some point in their lives. I didn’t take piano lessons until I was in my forties, but I learned so much about music, even if I’m a terrible piano player!!
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
Two places. Bookstores. And cooking stores.