Nicole Sylvester is a accomplished filmmaker whose credits include directing the films Layla’s Girl and minor blues. A writer as well as a director, her next feature is Maya and Her Lover: a sensual story of a failed romance between an older woman and a much younger man.
In 2004 she made her feature film directorial debut with Layla’s Girl, a heartwarming film about one woman’s journey toward peace and healing after the death of her estranged mother. The film, co-starring Richard Gant (The Big Lebowski) had its premiere at the Museum of African American History, and played to enthusiastic crowds at the Brooklyn Indie House, The Detroit Women of Color International Film Festival, Urban Mediamakers Festival and the Waterfront Film Festival.
Nicole began her career as a Producer/Director at Comcast Cablevision, directing live-action television, call-in talk shows, teen programming and music specials. Her days at the cable company culminated in her documentary, Lonely Eagles: Airmen of Tuskegee, being nominated for both a national Cable ACE and a Cable ICE Award.
She transitioned into film production by producing and directing the short film The Stop starring her grandmother. Since that time, she has produced the independent feature films: Cargo (BEF Production), The Dark Rite (Bloodline Productions), The Burning Bride (Arctal Ructive Films) and 17000 Block (First Look Home Entertainment) as well as several short films, web-series and music videos.
She joined forces with 25 filmmakers from 13 countries to produce and direct the first of its kind international collaborative feature film, The Owner. The film, which follows the journey of a backpack as it makes its way around the world, screened to packed theaters in all 13 countries.
In addition to her work as a producer/director, Nicole has made a name for herself as a production coordinator on independent and studio productions such as Coco (Lionsgate), 8 Mile (Universal) and *61 (HBO). She has also had the pleasure of working on projects directed by esteemed filmmakers, Jeff Daniels (Escanaba in da Moonlight), Janet Grillo (Jack of the Red Hearts) and Rob Meyer (Little Boxes).
She has the distinction of being one of 25 filmmakers to be included in The Guinness World Records for “Most Directors of a Film” for her contribution to The Owner. She has been a featured guest on FOX 2 News Morning, WXYZ 7 Sunday Morning News and PBS’ American Black Journal. She is a member of New York Women In Film and Television, IATSE local 161 and the Freelancers Union. She has been a panelist at the Mayor’s Film Office open forum in Detroit, the Motor City International Film Festival, the Detroit and Windsor International Festival of Film, the Muskegon Film Festival, the Black Cinema Café Film Screening, and at Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts, of which she is also an alumna.