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  • M.F.A., Cinema and Television Production, University of Southern California
  • B.S., Biology, California State University, Fresno


“Producers make movies happen!” Abel is an independent film producer, director, and writer. He won the Academy's 2011 Nicholl Fellowship award with his screenplay The Tiger’s Child, and has produced and sold several features. Abel worked on Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino as an assistant to casting, and as a 2nd unit on its documentary. He is passionate about mentoring students in faith and in filmmaking, and cultivating them into accomplished storytellers who know how to market to an audience. 


  • The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Project Catalyst Winner. THE TIGER’S CHILD. 2014.
  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences: Winner of the 2011 Don & Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting for THE TIGER’S CHILD.

Publications (Selected)


  • Producer. Viscous. Currently in production. June 2018.
  • Writer/Producer/Director. The Uncanny. July 2017.
  • Writer/Producer/Director. Bedeviled. January 2015 – August 2017.
  • Writer/Director. The Tiger's Child. January 2011 – February 2016. 
  • Director. Hollywood Chaos. September 2012 – March 2013. 


  • Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment & sponsored by Warner Brothers. Shared panel with Nina Yang Bongiovi and Dan Lin, “2016 CAPE Feature Film Panel: The Great American Indie.” Nov 1, 2016.
  • Transpacific Public Culture, University of Southern California, Calif. Panelist, “After Gran Torino: Hmong Countervoices: A Roundtable.” April 12, 2010.


  • Directing for Film & TV 
  • Documentary Production 
  • Editing Digital Video 
  • Visual Storytelling

Media Interviews

Areas of Expertise for Media Interviews

  • Cinema
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