Nicole Opper, Producer/Director
Nicole Opper directed and produced Off and Running, a co-production of ITVS in association with the National Black Programming Consortium, American Documentary/P.O.V., and the Diverse Voices Project, with major funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The film is distributed theatrically by First Run Features and will broadcast on P.O.V. in Fall 2010. It was an Audience Favorite Finalist at The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, winner of the Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary at Outfest, Best Documentary at the Milan International Women’s Film Festival, Best Documentary at Philadelphia Qfest, winner of the Silverdocs WGA Award for Best Documentary Screenplay and winner of the Audience Award at Ann Arbor Film Festival. Opper also produced Emmy-nominated The Killer Within (Toronto International Film Festival, Discovery Channel); Sacco and Vanzetti (Full Frame Film Festival, Winner of Best Historical Film by American Historical Society); and Here TV’s five-part documentary series, LSS. She is pursuing her Masters in Media, Culture and Communication at NYU’s School of Education and holds a degree in filmmaking from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She was selected for Filmmaker Magazine‘s annual 25 New Faces of Independent Film in 2009 and for Heeb Magazine’s list of “100 Jews You Need To Know About” in 2008. Opper is currently a Fulbright Fellow in Mexico, where she in production on The Ipo Boys (working title), a documentary about an innovative group home for abandoned youth.
Sharese Bullock-Bailey, Producer
Sharese Bullock is strategic partnerships and marketing manager afort ListenUp!, a global youth media network. She has more than 10 years of experience in brand building, event production, sponsorship marketing, and community organizing to pioneer partnerships for Listen Up!'s global network. Sharese received a BA in Communications at The University of Pennsylvania, then participated in the Financial Analyst program at Goldman Sachs. In 2002 she created a brand management consultancy, which services for-profit and non-profit organizations with technical writing, production, fundraising, and brand management. Sharese has led service and international education programs including filmmaking exchanges for young producers throughout the UK with the Experiment in International Living (2005, 2006). Sharese serves on the board of directors for the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC).