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Department ofCommunication

Nico Opper

Nicole Opper
Nico Opper

Assistant Professor

BFA in Film, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, 2002

MFA in Cinema, San Francisco State University, 2015

Nico Opper is an Emmy®-nominated filmmaker who directed the feature documentary Off and Running. The film was broadcast nationally on PBS's documentary series POV. It was an Audience Favorite at Tribeca, winner of Best Documentary at Outfest, and earned the WGA Award for Best Documentary Screenplay.

Opper received a Fulbright Fellowship to direct their next feature, Visitor’s Day, which premiered at the Guadalajara International Film Festival and AFI DOCS. It will be broadcast nationally on WORLD Channel. They have also produced films and television for The Discovery Channel and Here TV. They were featured in Filmmaker Magazine’s annual “25 New Faces of Independent Film.”

Currently, Opper is directing the second season of The F Word: A Foster-to-Adopt Story. The first season was developed with ITVS for PBS Digital and the second season will premiere on SoulPancake in partnership with Participant Media. They have taught filmmaking at Stanford University, San Francisco State University, and Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla. In addition to teaching and making films, they are the creative director of the BAVC National MediaMaker Fellowship.

In the News

October 8, 2020

Nico Opper (Communication) and their project were chosen by Film Independent for its inaugural Docuseries Intensive.

December 16, 2019

Nico Opper (Communication) was chosen by the Fleishhacker Foundation to receive the Eureka Fellowship, awarded to only a handful of Bay Area visual artists.

September 2019

Nico Opper was named by DOC NYC as one of the country’s top “40 under 40”  filmmakers.