Publicity and Speaking Engagements
Nicole Franklin inspires a class at Visual Performing Arts High School, St. Louis, MO, with An EPIPHANY Conversation - "When the Hustle Got Serious: Filmmaker Nicole Franklin shares stories on success, losing her apartment, and meeting Jamie Foxx." (photos by Kirsten Petty); Nicole Franklin is the Filmmaker-in-Residence at Fairleigh Dickinson University; Speaker at Drew University's NYWIFT panel; Grace Holt Memorial Luncheon Speaker at University of IL at Chicago (UIC) and more...
"As productive citizens we exist to galvanize a community, expose injustice, celebrate achievement and bring joy." -Nicole Franklin, featured speaker for the Power of One Speaker Series for The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
"Just took your micro budget class at City College... Great info, would love to know when you will have that directing actors class...Would love to attend"
"I met you at #FilmAFeatureIn8Days case study which was amazing."
"It was nice having you on campus, your energy is very contagious and I really learned a lot."
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High School Assemblies.
House of worship socials.
"One of my students who attended a Little Brother screening with Q&A from filmmaker Nicole Franklin smiled more than I've ever seen him. All the students loved both films (#3 and the new #5) and asked very thoughtful questions. We have two films in our library, and I know they'll be looking at those and waiting for the next." -Prof. Martha J. LaBare, Assoc. Professor of English, Bloomfield College
"College. There's the question a lot of high school students still toy with. I know this very well, because I did." -Nicole Franklin
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"If we don’t see it in the media that surrounds us, then all of the Black men, young and old, whom we end up meeting will have a stigma attached. My experience with humanity has primarily been good through the years. And I needed the world to know this. I needed myself to believe this." - Nicole Franklin
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“Ever since I was a young girl growing up on the North side of St. Louis, I wanted to see more people reflecting me on the screen. I wanted to see Black people going to work and being happy about their jobs. I wanted to see children and teenagers of all colors hanging out and getting along without worrying about privilege and whose threads or kicks had more popular labels than the others. When I would graduate and go into a career, would I meet other career-minded professionals of color? Or would I run into the thugs, hustlers and women engaged in a neverending struggle? Was Hollywood for me? I was very much willing to find out.”
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GUEST SPEAKER/SUBSTITUTE PROFESSOR
Nicole is a guest speaker and frequent substitute university professor on the topics of editing, producing and directing documentaries, women in film and independent filmmaking.
· Hunter College (New York City)
· Fairleigh Dickinson University, (New Jersey)
· University of Southern California
· New York University
· LaGuardia Community College (Queens, New York)
· Bloomfield College (New Jersey)
· Long Island University (LIU, Brooklyn Campus)
· City University of New York (CUNY)
· Michigan Technological University
· University of Brasilia
· UniverCidade (Centro Universitário da Cidade, Brasil)
· Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)
· Estacio de Sa University-Tom Jobim Campus (Brasil)
Guest speaking engagements:
· #FilmAFeatureIn8Days Microbudgeting Workshop with Nicole Franklin, presented by The Doc Forum, Third World Newsreel and Black TV & Film Collective at City College of New York, Nov 29, 2016
· #FilmAFeatureIn8Days Microbudgeting Workshop with Nicole Franklin, presented by Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival at The Spike Lee Screening Room, LIU Brooklyn, October 23, 2016
· Industry expert on the pitch feedback sessions on October 14, 2016 during the Incubator phase of NBPC 360 2.0 for the National Black Programming Consortium’s newest round of grantees, Fall 2016.
· Host, #RSChat, Reel Sisters Twitter Chat, Reel Chat: #SayHerName
· Filmmaker and panelist with TITLE VII for Urbanworld 20th Anniversary Spotlight program “Clips & Conversation,” September 22, 2016
· Guest speaker and clinician on digital journalism production during the Hugh N. Boyd Journalism Diversity Workshop at Rutgers University for High School Students, July 24-30, 2016
· Filmmaker and panelist with actor/director Malik Yoba featuring Little Brother, 15th Annual Women of the African Descent Film Festival May 7, 2016 presented by the Brooklyn Chapter of the Links, Brooklyn, NY
· Panelist, “Women on Screen,” Drew University co-presented by New York Women in Film & Television, April 12, 2016
· Presenter as Filmmaker-in-Residence at the FDU Film Conference, March 5, 2016, Fairleigh Dickinson University
· Keynote Speaker, Legacy Luncheon, Grace Holt Celebration, University of IL at Chicago (UIC), March 2, 2016
· Film presenter and panelist, premiere screening Little Brother: Manchild in the Promised Land (Chapter 5 – Tucson), YWCA Tucson, AZ, February 29, 2016
· Moderator, “Why We Must Build a Richer, More Reflective and Inclusive Experience of Entrepreneurship,” hosted by In Good Company for the Everyday Leadership Panel, Nov 12, 2015
· Judge, 2015 Crystal Ship Mini Indie Festival, October 22, 2015
· Guest Skype Speaker, Ella Cooper’s Film Camp for Teen Girls, August 20, 2015 in Oregon
· Host, #RSChat, Reel Sisters Twitter Chat, “Reel Talk: Charleston” June 26, 2015
· Speaker, presenter Little Brother, Multicultural Education Graduate Course in Educational Psychology, March 11, 2015, Hunter College
· Filmmaker and panelist, The 14th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival 2015, presented by the Brooklyn Chapter of the Links, Brooklyn, NY
· Speaker and featured presenter for "A Century of Black Life, History and Culture," hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at The Mayo Clinic
· Speaker representing The Black Documentary Collective during the St. Clair Bourne/Amiri Baraka section of Lincoln Center’s “Tell It Like It Is” series at The Film Society at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Center
· Guest speaker and presenter, Bloomfield College “Spring 2015 Creative Dialogues on Race and Society”
· Featured panelist, The Big Pitch, hosted by 404 Media Group, Toronto, Canada
· Featured panelist, “Women & Diversity,” hosted by UPWIFT, Vassar College
· “Spotlight on Sisters in Cinema,” hosted by ActNow Foundation for the 4th Annual New Voices in Black Cinema Festival co-sponsored by BAMCinematek
· “Indie Mogul 101: Sistas in Film & Television” sponsored by ImageNation, Harlem, NYC
· “The Power of One” speaker series The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, New York, NY
· “The Art & Business of Filmmaking”—panelist, hosted by Time Warner Black Employees (BE@T)
· “The Color of Conversation”—Herstory! African American Women in Film, TV and Theatre produced by Run&Shoot Filmworks and Macy’s Brooklyn, NY
· “The Feminine Mystique: Women Filmmakers Speak” Creatively Speaking, MIST Studios Harlem, NY
· The Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference, September 2012
· Bloomfield College TRUE program sponsored by the Male Empowerment Network (M.E.N.), Iota Phi Theta and Phi Beta Sigma fraternities
· IDEA Performing Arts Center in Camden, NJ
· “The Divas and The Brothers” Faculty Forum, Bloomfield College, New Jersey
· “A Community Conversation on the film The Help” YWCA Greenwich, CT
· Harlem Stage
· The Maysles Cinema
· CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
· Marymount Manhattan College
· Kappa Alpha Psi, Delta Mu Chapter, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY
· Bethany Book Club of Bethany Baptist Church, Newark, NJ
· Pen & Brush art gallery, NYC
· House of Art Gallery, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, NY
· The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, NYC
· Packer Middle School, Brooklyn, NY
· Cardozo Middle School in association with the Congressional Black Caucus, Jackson, MS
· The Eugene Lang College Ethnicity & Race Program, The New School, NYC
· The Dwyer Cultural Center, Harlem, NY
· Upstate Independents (UI) monthly meeting, Albany, NY
· New York Women In Film & Television (NYWIFT)
· The Black Documentary Collective (BDC)
· “Gershwin & Bess: A Dialogue with Anne Brown,” Thomas Music Study Club (TMSC) branch of the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc.
· “Filming a Black Woman’s Joy,” Bethany Church Book Club and Youth
· The Apollo Theatre™
· NBC NY Page Program
· New York Public Library Donnell Media and Bloomingdale Branches
· Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and
· The Arizona Black Film Festival
· “Racial Inclusion: Inclusion: African-Americans and Afro-Brazilians in
Cinema,” along with actor Morgan Freeman, Nicole helped to launch
Brazil’s first AfroFest.