Tally Abecassis is a Montreal-based documentary filmmaker and podcast producer. She was the host and creator of First Day Back, a critically-acclaimed podcast about people coming back from a life-changing event, produced with EW Scripps and Stitcher. Season 3 of the show was released in January 2019. The show has been profiled in the New Yorker and put on Vulture’s list of Best Podcasts of the Year.

Tally has made documentary films that have played at festivals like SXSW, Hot Docs, and Full Frame. She has worked on TV series and webdocs and has won Gemini, Gémeaux, and RTDNA awards for her work. Tally was  the founder and host of the long-running live storytelling series This Really Happened that ran sold-out shows across Canada. She has been a contributor at the Huffington Post and has taught storytelling and podcast workshops for the Quebec Writer’s Federation, the INTFE Festival in Italy, and Dawson College. She is the author, with photographer Claudine Sauvé of Barbershops, a coffee table book about the disappearing temples of manhood.

Currently, Tally works on the New York Times Audio team. She has one husband, two kids, and a poorly-behaved dog. 

To reach Tally: tallyabecassis[at]gmail.com.