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Francis Manuel Abbey
Filmmaker, Wizards Fan

FRANCIS ABBEY  is a D.C. area native, raised in Hyattsville where he attended DeMatha Catholic High School. He began pursuing his interest in film as an undergrad at the University of Maryland. With no film major available, he became involved with the campus television station and spent his free time watching laserdiscs in the school library and reading books on filmmaking. In 2005, Abbey earned his M.A. in film and television from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Focusing on writing, Abbey completed several short scripts, teleplays, and feature length scripts, including “Truth or Consequences”, which was Project Greenlight quarter-finalist.

After returning to the Washington D.C. area, Abbey continued to pursue writing and acting. 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. Some of Abbey’s notable roles include G. Stimpson Erdogan in the web series “Buddy Jackson”, the title character in the award-winning “The Kumbio Takedown”, and Guillermo in the independent feature “Bordertown.” 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. In summer of 2010, Abbey co-produced and acted in the feature length drama “Conquering the Rose.” He is currently finishing his second feature directorial effort, "6 Nonsmokers."