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Nicole Franklin. Filmmaker. Educator. Writer. Web Host.
NICOLE FRANKLIN is an award-winning filmmaker, published writer and Assistant Professor of Television Production at Hofstra University. Through her 27 years in the industry Nicole has been a television director, stage manager, editor, educator, public speaker, web event host and contributing writer to such publications as The Good Men Project and Toronto-based ByBlacks.com. Nicole is a book author for Kevin Anderson & Associates where she works as ghostwriter and editor. For eighteen years, her company EPIPHANY Inc. has produced independent films for numerous cable networks including Showtime, BET, IFC, Nickelodeon, Sundance Channel and kweliTV. In news she has worked on several Emmy Award-winning teams in stations from St. Louis to Los Angeles to New York City and on programs such as The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, CBS This Morning and CBS Sunday Morning. Single-topic news programs such as OJ Simpson: The Trial were also part of her earlier assignments while an editor at KNBC-TV in Los Angeles.
Currently Nicole is the co-moderator of the weekly Monday night Twitter series #BlerdDating, created by Leesa Dean of ChilltownTV. Nicole has recently made her narrative feature directorial debut with TITLE VII, a film on the rarely discussed subject of same-race discrimination. Her other credits include The Double Dutch Divas!, Journeys In Black: the Jamie Foxx Biography, Black Enterprise Business Report, and corporate videos. Educational films executive produced by her company EPIPHANY Inc. include Gershwin & Bess: A Dialogue with Anne Brown and the 10-chapter series Little Brother, both titles distributed by Third World Newsreel and currently airing on kweliTV. Little Brother is a recipient of the Foundation to Promote Open Society/Campaign for Black Male Achievement Award, fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas. Inspired by Gershwin & Bess…, Nicole has a screenplay in development titled BESS.
With a masters in Liberal Studies and several past appointments as a professor in broadcast journalism, digital production and multi-camera directing, Nicole is the founder and visionary wizard of Hack4Hope, a joint project of ITEN and Educational Exchange Corps where St. Louis teens explore technology, learn business skills and build ideas into realities.
Nicole is also the force behind #BlackFilmPirate, a move to abolish the Hollywood myth, "Black Films don't sell overseas."
Nicole’s affiliations include Directors Guild of America (DGA), Producers Guild of America East (PGA East), IBEW, Film Fatales, The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), The Black Documentary Collective (BDC) and New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT). Project reels may be viewed at YouTube.com/NicoleFilms. In-person speaking appearances may be fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas.
Lifetime Achievement Award of the Reel Sisters of the African Diaspora Film Festival 2017
Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Award, Video Editor, "CBS Sunday Morning" The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (2013, 2015, 2016)
Best Documentary at the Hollywood Black Film Festival
Best Documentary in Atlanta’s Night of the Black Independents Film Festival
Best African-American Documentary Film at the Brooklyn Film Festival
CiNY Award for Outstanding Filmmaking from CineWomen NY
Honorable Mention from Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame
Directing Finalist for the Gordon Parks Award (2000, 2005)
Audience Award at the Fourth Annual African-American Women in Cinema Conference and Festival
First Runner Up at the First Annual Original Action Shero Film Festival in Brooklyn, NY
Honorable Mention at the Women of Color Film Festival
Inspiration Award at the Riverrun Film Festival
Showtime Latino Filmmaker Award
Community Service Award, African American Leadership Initiative (AALI) of the United Way of Greater Union County
Juror’s Choice Certificate, The Brooklyn Chapter of the Links “Salute to Youth” 12th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival
Citation from Councilmember Jumaane D. Williams (Brooklyn, NY) for “outstanding citizen” who give “exemplary service to their communities” (2012, 2013)
48th Annual Los Angeles Emmy Awards, Editor on the KNBC-TV award-winning team of "O.J. Simpson: The Trial" which won the Emmy (1996) for Information/public affairs series (studio-based)
Hofstra Cultural Center Grant (2019)
The Herbert School Faculty Research and Development Grant (2018, 2019)
The Barbara Appel Trust (2015, 2017)
Campaign for Black Male Achievement Award from the Foundation to Promote Open Society (2013)
Bloomfield College Faculty Development Grant (2011 - 2012)
Women's Film Finishing Fund (2000)
The Jerome Foundation and the Women’s Film Finishing Fund (2000)