Nicole L. Thompson is a filmmaker born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. From a young age she developed a passion for television and filmmaking. She received her Bachelor of Arts from The College of New Jersey where she majored in Communications Studies with a concentration in Radio/TV/Film. She also studied filmmaking at Northumbria University in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.
In 2015, Nicole began her career at SAG-AFTRA working in the Communications and Marketing Department as a Production Coordinator, Digital Strategies, where she served as an in house cinematographer and editor. She has filmed panels, interviews on the red carpet, and behind the scenes footage for the 22nd SAG Awards. While at SAG-AFTRA Nicole has filmed interviews of Kerry Washington, Carol Burnett, Mayor Eric Garcetti, and much more. In the years to come, Nicole departed to pursue a MFA at USC and create films.
In the fall of 2019, Nicole was hired by SAG-AFTRA as a Creative Director and Producer. She was responsible for overseeing the creation and production of several videos for the Communications & Marketing department. She also was the lead Producer and Creative Director for the American Scene Awards.
Nicole graduated from the University of Southern California with a Masters of Fine Arts in Film & TV Production, where she focused in directing at the School of Cinematic Arts. At USC she proudly served as the president of the African American Cinema Society for two years. Nicole was hired by NBA All Star Kyrie Irving to serve as his personal cinematographer capturing footage for his film premiere of his movie Uncle Drew and also directing segments for Kyrie’s 2019 All Star Weekend Highlights.
Most recently, Nicole was selected out of thousands of directing applicants to pitch a project to ABC Executives, as an Ideas United
ABC Women's Initiative Top 10 Finalist.
Currently, Nicole is being mentored by award-winning filmmaker
Nina Yang Bongiovi with her non profit,
Metta Collective's mentorship program. She shadowed on the set of feature film Passing with Significant Productions.
Nicole also is a 2019 DB Frieze LA Film Fellow. With the fellowship she will be directing a short film that will premiere at Paramount Pictures Studios in the Frieze 2020 Showcase.
Nicole was selected to participate in the AT&T SHAPE Create-A-Ton competition to direct the short film Summer of Justice at Warner Bros. Studio.
Nicole is a Top 10 semi-finalist for the 2019 John Singleton Embrace LA Short Film Competition.
Nicole recently won the Live Mas Scholars Competition, winning academic funds towards her filmmaking passion.