Francis Manuel Abbey

Hyattsville, MD/Washington D.C.

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My official bio, in third person:

Francis Abbey 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. Abbey graduated Magna cum Laude from the University with degrees in Spanish and Criminology. Abbey also received a citation for his membership in the College Park Scholars, Artists and is a member of the academic honor society, Phi Beta Kappa.

In 2005, Abbey earned his M.A. in film and television from the Savannah College of Art and Design. While completing his graduate studies, Abbey wrote, directed, produced, and acted in a number of short films including Dogstar, a 2004 National Film Challenge semi-finalist. Focusing on writing, Abbey completed several short scripts, teleplays, and feature length scripts, including Truth or Consequences, which was a Project Greenlight quarter-finalist. Also while in grad school, Abbey co-founded and served as the first General Manager of Beecon, a website designed to showcase student films.

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 feature film 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 be accepted to multiple film festivals, earn enthusiastic reviews, and win The Indie Award of Merit. Currently, Abbey is working on his second feature film, 6 Nonsmokers.

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