Jeffrey Abelson


Jeffrey Abelson is a writer and filmmaker, and founder of Song Of A Citizen — a unique collaboration of prominent thinkers and artists creating innovative video op-eds for the internet, exploring what it really means to be an engaged and effective citizen in modern times — how we-the-people are measuring up — how we can do better — and why we must.

He started his career producing, directing, and editing over 50 high profile music videos tied into major movies (resulting in eight #1 MTV hits). He pioneered and popularized the hybrid ‘movie/music-video’ format (from Ghostbusters toTerminator-2), resulting in this dual-use art form becoming a staple of movie marketing campaigns — while at the same time triggering the trend of major feature film directors crossing over into music-video — by producing movie/music-videos with Taylor Hackford, Brian DePalma, Ivan Reitman, Garry Marshall, Tobe Hooper, and others.

In recent years, he’s been developing music-driven movie and television projects with artists ranging from Dylan to Diddy (at HBO, Showtime, and elsewhere) — while also producing, writing, and editing documentaries like Drawing Fire, a PBS film about Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Paul Conrad (narrated by Tom Brokaw).

Abelson also writes regularly about the urgent need to upgrade our concept of self-governance with a new form of citizen-centered politics. He’s a contributing blogger with The Huffington Post, and has had other pieces published in the LA Times, NY Times, and major national blogs.