Susan Abod is an award-winning filmmaker, professional singer, songwriter, and recording artist.
Her first film, FUNNY, YOU DON’T LOOK SICK: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN ILLNESS (64 min), is an intimate portrait of her life after developing chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple chemical sensitivities in 1986. It premiered at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 1995 and was a Merit Award winner at the 2005 SUPERFEST International Disability Film Festival. It has been screened internationally and can be found in doctor’s and lawyer’s offices, university and public libraries, medical classrooms, centers for independent living, support groups and in peoples’ homes all over the world.
Despite living with chronic illness, Susan released her first CD “In the Moment” in 2001. The 16- song CD of mainly original material, encompasses jazz, blues, and pop styles. The Boston Globe described the lyrics as “infused with an intimacy and zest for living”.
Since moving to Santa Fe in 2005, Susan has continued to write songs and perform professionally as her health allows. She was described as one of Santa Fe’s “hidden gems” by the Santa Fe Reporter magazine and was a featured singer in the 2009 and 2011 New Mexico Jazz Women Voices series in Albuquerque. In 2009, Susan also composed and released a 2-song CD, “Under Santa Fe Skies.”