Nicole Opper is an Oakland-based, Emmy®-nominated filmmaker who directed and produced the feature documentary Off and Running, an Audience Favorite at Tribeca and winner of ten international awards including Best Documentary at Outfest and the WGA Award for Best Documentary Screenplay. The film was nationally broadcast on the PBS series POV in 2010. Nicole received a Fulbright Fellowship for her next film, Visitor’s Day, which had a national PBS broadcast on WORLD Channel in 2018. Currently Nicole is directing the second season of a short form docu-series called The F Word: A Foster-to-Adopt Story, funded by ITVS and streaming on Soul Pancake in partnership with Participant Media in 2019. Nicole has produced films and television for The Discovery Channel and Here TV, and was featured in Filmmaker Magazine’s annual “25 New Faces of Independent Film”. Nicole has taught documentary filmmaking at Stanford University and San Francisco State University, and is currently an assistant professor of filmmaking at Santa Clara University. In addition to teaching and making films, Nicole is the Creative Director of the BAVC National MediaMaker Fellowship, which supports professional nonfiction filmmakers through grants, industry connections and artistic development.

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