A 20-year Veteran Editor of Television News and Documentaries, Nicole Franklin is an award-winning filmmaker and producer, editor, stage manager, director of television and theatre and a full-time college instructor in the field of communications.
For more than a decade, her company EPIPHANY Inc. has been producing independent films for numerous cable networks including Showtime, BET, IFC, Nickelodeon, Sundance Channel and most recently, The Documentary Channel. Her credits include the feature length film I Was Made To Love Her: the Double Dutch Documentary (Sundance Channel, numerous festival awards including Best Documentary at the Hollywood Black Film Festival), the short film The Double Dutch Divas! (Filmmakers Library, numerous festival awards including The Inspiration Award at the Riverrun Film Festival), and the television program Journeys In Black: the Jamie Foxx Biography (BET). Nicole produced, directed, wrote and edited all three productions.
Nicole continues to work in the educational film market with her latest projects. Little Brother is a 10-year series of short documentary films giving an annual insight to young Black men and their conversations on Love. Gershwin & Bess: A Dialogue with Anne Brown is a prequel to Meet BESS (nominated for a 2005 IFP Gordon Parks Award for Directing), a film currently in post-production which profiles the soprano who originated the role of “Bess” in Porgy and Bess and the actress for whom George Gershwin wrote the part. Principal photography sponsored by the Center for Black Music Research took place in Oslo, Norway. Both Little Brother (first three chapters) and Gershwin & Bess… are available at Third World Newsreel.
The Little Brother outreach campaign and curriculum are supported [in part] by a grant from the Open Society Foundations/Campaign for Black Male Achievement and fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas.
Nicole is a freelance editor on CBS Sunday Morning and has worked in the same capacity on NBC Nightly News, The Early Show on CBS, and as both an editor and a stage manager on the The Today Show. Nicole’s work has spanned the United States, Brazil, the US Virgin Islands and Norway. She is a guest speaker on the topics of editing, producing and directing documentaries, women in film and independent filmmaking.
Nicole also produced a segment of Nick Jr.’s new series Kids Around the World. Corporate videos include work with Great Plains Productions as director/writer/editor of Through the Maze: Women and Pain, which premiered on Capitol Hill in cooperation with The Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues. The video launched the Campaign to End Chronic Pain in Women, sponsored by Pfizer and The Overlapping Conditions Alliance.
In the narrative world, Nicole was a director for one of the vignettes for the independent feature film Short Comings…Humor in Orgasmic Proportions, a comedy about “smart sex.” Nicole also directed and co-wrote with actor/writer/producer Peter Parros Harlem Sistas Double Dutch (WNET’s Reel NY X). This film is derived from her feature length screenplay and soon to be live theatre production, When Sistas Jump (Finalist, 2008 Sundance Screenwriters Lab). As a multi-camera television director Nicole has directed the nationally syndicated Black Enterprise Business Report and Our World with Black Enterprise. She also trained as a director on the long-running soap opera As The World Turns.
Nicole is a full-time Communications Instructor in the Division of Humanities at Bloomfield College, and formerly an adjunct professor of television broadcast techniques and digital video workshop at Long Island University (Brooklyn, NY) as well as an adjunct at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she taught Sight and Sound Studio. Nicole was featured in the NY 411 Production Guide’s tribute to women filmmakers Associations past and present include Producers Guild of America East (PGA East), the Directors Guild of America (DGA), former Board Member of New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT), a Director in DnA (Directors and Actors workshop), DV Republic, National Association of Broadcast Technicians (NABET), International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and former Board Member of The Black Documentary Collective (BDC). Project updates and calendar may be viewed at www.YouTube.com/NicoleFilms. Read Nicole’s Blog, MMC Gets It, here.