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! (Filmakers Library/Alexander Street Press, 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 recently co-produced, directed and edited a documentary featuring performance artist, author and educator Mo Beasley’s stage show. UrbanErotika: an Odyssey of Eros on Film, which will be one of the first of this nature around sex, sexuality and eroticism in the urban environment. This film explores 10 years of Beasley’s UrbanErotika™ live showcase as an evolution in erotic expression in the 21st century.
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. These films are distributed by Third World Newsreel. Chapters 1 and 2 of the Little Brother series are distributed by Third World Newsreel, TFI Reframe and available through CreateSpace on Amazon.com.
Nicole’s latest venture with filmmaker/marketing specialist Giovanna Aguilar is Midnight Media Capture, a midnight webinar series on the topic of “storytelling with a marketing twist.” As producer and hosts both Nicole and Giovanna broadcast instructional packages and top case studies of Hollywood’s master storytellers to corporate boardrooms in the midst of identifying and expanding their target markets.
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 produced a segment of the Nick Jr. 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 Nico