Her films have won awards at Tribeca, Silverdocs and Outfest, and aired nationally on POV. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and was selected for Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film”.

Opper directed and produced the Emmy‐nominated documentary “Off and Running” which was an Audience Favorite at Tribeca and won ten international awards including Best Documentary at Outfest and Best Documentary Screenplay at Silverdocs. The film was nationally broadcast on P.O.V.. She received a Fulbright Fellowship to direct her latest documentary, which is currently in post-production and is supported by New York State Council on the Arts, Chicken & Egg Pictures and The Independent Television Service. She’s produced films for The Discovery Channel and Here TV, and was selected for Filmmaker Magazine’s annual “25 New Faces of Independent Film”. Opper is currently a lecturer in the MFA in Documentary Film program at Stanford University and in the Cinema Department at SFSU. She also teaches youth media at The Bay Area Video Coalition.

Films by Nicole Opper

Visitor's Day

16 year-old runaway Juan Carlos returns home to forgive his father for the past.

Off and Running

Avery, the African American adopted daughter of Jewish white lesbians, decides to search for her birthmother. Off and Running follows Avery on her quest as she attempts to pick up the pieces of her life and make sense of her place in the world.