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Department ofCommunication

Nicole Opper

Nicole Opper
Nicole Opper

Assistant Professor

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

MFA in Cinema, San Francisco State University, 2015

Nicole 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 her next feature, Visitor’s Day, which premiered at the Guadalajara International Film Festival and AFI DOCS. It will be broadcast nationally on WORLD Channel. She has also produced films and television for The Discovery Channel and Here TV. She was 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. She has taught filmmaking at Stanford University, San Francisco State University, and Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla. In addition to teaching and making films, she is the creative director of the BAVC National MediaMaker Fellowship.