Detroit native, Nicole Sylvester began her career as a Producer/Director at Comcast Cablevision, directing live-action television, call-in talk shows, pre-teen programming and music specials. Her days at the cable company culminated in her documentary Lonely Eagles: Airmen of Tuskegee, nominated for both a national Cable ACE and a Cable ICE Award.
Nicole made the transition to film production by producing and directing the short film The Stop which played in several film festivals, winning Best Short in the Cinema Shorts Internet Film Festival, and showing on WTVS-PBS Detroit, her second short film minor blues, about on-the-edge musicians, won the Meet Martell at the Movies Film Festival; was accepted in the East Lansing Film Festival, and screened in New York through BlackFilm.com.
Nicole recently produced the web series Queen Hussy, a raunchy mock reality show comedy based in 1974, and A Home Going, a short film that is part of a feature film made up of multiple individual stories. Nicole 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 (Men of A Certain Age, The Big Lebowski), had its Michigan premiere at the Museum of African American History, and has since played at the Brooklyn Indie House in New York, the Detroit Women of Color Int’l Film Festival, Urban Mediamakers Festival in Atlanta, and the Waterfront Film Festival.
Other projects that Nicole has produced or directed include the feature film 17000 Block, distributed on DVD by First Look Entertainment, the music videos for former Destiny’s Child member LeToya Luckett and rap artists Bizarre, Cosa Boys and Lil Mike Mike. As a Production Coordinator, Nicole has worked on films such as 8 Mile (Universal Pictures), 61* (HBO), Hardball (Paramount) and the Funk Brothers documentary Standing in the Shadows of Motown (Rimshot). She was Director of Distribution for Jeff Daniels feature film Super Sucker (Purple Rose Films) and programmer for the 1st Annual Farmington Funny Film Festival.
Nicole’s years of experience have garnered her many awards and accolades. In addition to award nominations for her documentary, Nicole received a Cable ICE award for her special, The North American International Auto Show and promotion of her film 17000 Block received two Telly Award nominations. She is also the recipient of three Public Benefit Corporation grants for film productions. Nicole has been a featured guest on FOX 2 News Morning, WXYZ 7 Sunday Morning News, PBS’ American Black Journal, and the WJLB FM 98 Morning Show. A member of New York Women In Film and Television, a board member of DnA and a former board member of the Detroit Film Center, she has been an invited 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.
Nicole is developing several film projects including producing the feature film Baby of the Family, and her second directorial feature A Man’s World, about a wife who conspires to take over her husband’s crime syndicate.