Maysles Documentary Center
343 Lenox Avenue/Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY, 10027
(btwn 127th and 128th Streets)
Subways: 2/3, 4,5,6, A, B, C, D to 125th Street
On Tues., Oct. 17 at 6:30 pm, Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series will present our first Reel Sisters Lifetime Achievement Award to veteran film producer/director Nicole Franklin for her outstanding contributions to cinema. Nicole is a prolific filmmaker whose career spans 25 years in the industry. As a Reel Sisters alumna, it is a great honor to celebrate Nicole’s work during the festival’s 20th Anniversary milestone. The tribute will take place at Maysles Documentary Center, 343 Lenox Ave./Malcolm X Blvd., in Harlem. Tickets: $15. Light refreshments.
Reel Sisters will screen Nicole’s first feature narrative Title VII and host a conversation following the film.
The event is a part of Reel Sisters Filmmakers Awards and will recognize our 2017 award recipients.
Reel Sisters Lifetime Achievement Honoree
Filmmaker – Writer – TV Director
Nicole Franklin is an award-winning filmmaker, published writer and an Assistant Professor of Television Production at Hofstra University. She has recently made her narrative feature directorial debut with TITLE VII, a film on the rarely discussed subject of same-race discrimination. Her other directing 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. and directed by Nicole 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.
Through her 27 years in the industry Nicole has been a television director (multi-camera), theatre director, stage manager, editor, educator, public speaker, web event host and contributing writer to such publications as NBCBLK, The Good Men Project and Toronto-based ByBlacks.com. 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-producer and co-moderator of the weekly Monday night Twitter series #BlerdDating, created by Leesa Dean of ChilltownTV. 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. She is also the founder and Visionary Wizard of the nonprofit Hack4Hope introducing St. Louis teens to the tech industry. Nicole’s affiliations include Directors Guild of America (DGA), Producers Guild of America (PGA East), IBEW, The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), The Black Documentary Collective (BDC), Film Fatales NYC and New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT). Project reels may be viewed at NicoleFranklin.com.