A South African living in the United States since his teens, Abramson’s work has an outsiders approach that combines sensitivity and vision. He leads the double life of a successful commercial director/photographer and indie feature filmmaker. After graduating from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Abramson began his career shooting and directing music videos for bands like Deborah Harry, Dwight Yokum, Mark Knoffler and many other cutting edge acts. He then moved onto shooting and directing high-profile commercial/print campaigns. In the commercial realm, Neil is known as a storyteller. His client list includes Nike, McDonald's, Cadillac, Coca-Cola, United Airlines, Chevrolet, and Toyota. His industry awards include a Clio and Silver and Gold Lions at Cannes.
A global perspective and discerning vision inform the work, a filmmaker and photographer with an unflinching eye and distinct purpose. Abramson’s feature and documentary films explore the dramatic components of life, focusing on the triumphs and difficulties people face every day.
Abramson’s film, American Son, premiered at Sundance and was distributed nationally by Miramax/Disney. His debut feature film, Without Air, was also a Sundance premiere. His film Soldier Child, shot on location in Uganda, was used by the United Nations to call attention to the horrific plight of child soldiers in Uganda. His works reflects an unflinching eye and a constant pursuit of truth.