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New York Film Academy Guest Speakers

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Nicole Kassell


Nicole Kassell is a DGA Award-winning and Emmy-nominated filmmaker and has directed following multiple episodes of critically praised series, including Westworld, Watchmen,  The Leftovers, The Killing, The Americans, The Following, and Rectify.  Kassell most recently executive produced the HBO limited series Watchmen starring Emmy and Academy Award winners Regina King, Jeremy Irons, and Louis Gossett Jr. Kassell, who won a DGA Award this year for her work on the Watchmen pilot, also directed episodes two and eight of the series. Kassell is set to direct the upcoming feature film Silver Seas and she is attached to direct and executive produce The Last of the Mohicans series for HBO Max.

Kassell’s first feature film The Woodsman, which she co-wrote with Steven Fechter, premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival and was distributed by Newmarket Films. The film also 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. For her work on the film, 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.”

Notable Credits
Watchmen, Westworld, The Leftovers, The Killing, The Americans, The Following, Rectify


The 20/20 Series - With Nicole Kassell & Sarah Pirozek (Created by Liz Hinlein)


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