Nicole Kassell is an award-winning director and was recently named one of IndieWire’s Top 25 Directors working in TV. Her episode of The Leftovers, “No Room at the Inn,” was called The Best TV episode of 2015 by Vulture.
Nicole has directed episodes of the Emmy-nominated AMERICAN CRIME, THE LEFTOVERS, VINYL, THE AMERICANS, BETTER CALL SAUL, THE KILLING, THE FOLLOWING, and RECTIFY.
Nicole’s first feature film THE WOODSMAN premiered in competition at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. The screenplay was co-written by Kassell and Steven Fechter and won first prize at the 2002 Slamdance Screenplay Competition. THE WOODSMAN received a CACAE (Art House award) at the Directors' Fortnight at The Cannes Film Festival; The Jury Prize at the Deauville Film Festival; a Humanitas nomination; and The Satyajit Ray Award at the London Film Festival. Kassell was nominated for a Gotham Award (Breakthrough Director) and Independent Spirit Award (Best First Feature) and was recognized by Variety as one of ten “Directors to Watch.”
Nicole holds a BA from Columbia University in Art History and an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Film Program.
Nicole is currently adapting PRODIGAL SUMMER, based on the novel by Barbara Kingsolver, into a feature film. She is co-writing the screenplay with the author. The project won a Sloan Foundation Grant in 2013 and was selected for the 2013 Sundance Writer’s and Producers Lab.
She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.www.wsfilms.com/management/writers-directors/nicole-kassell