The F Word

Follow Nicole and Kristan's journey to become fost-adopt parents, as they navigate through a bureaucratic maze on their way to parenthood.

Nicole and Kristan adoptive parents
Indie Lens Storycast
Premiere Date
September 14, 2017
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Short-Form Open Call
  • Nominated laurels-r Created with Sketch.
    2019 International Documentary Association (IDA)-Best Short Form Series
  • Producer/Director

    Nicole Opper

    Nicole Opper is an Emmy®-nominated filmmaker who directed and produced the feature documentary Off and Running, an Audience Favorite at Tribeca and winner of ten international awards including Best Documentary at Outfest and Best Documentary Screenplay at Silverdocs. The film was nationally broadcast on P.O.V. in 2010. She received a Fulbright Show more Fellowship to direct Visitor’s Day which is supported by New York State Council on the Arts, Chicken & Egg Pictures and ITVS. She’s also produced films for the Discovery Channel and Here TV, and was selected for Filmmaker Magazine’s annual "25 New Faces of Independent Film." Nicole has taught filmmaking at Stanford University and San Francisco State University, among other schools. Show less


    Kristan Cassady

    Born in Winter Park, Florida, Kristan Cassady began Suzuki violin in her public school. After graduation from Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts, she worked as an educator and musician in and around the New York City area. She has played with ensembles including the London Symphony, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, and Saturday Night Live as Show more well as recorded and toured with such artists as Adele, Kanye West, and Stevie Wonder. Once she met Nicole, her orchestra management skills lead her to film producing, beginning with short films, as well as the feature-length documentary Visitor's Day, and the web-series, The F Word. Show less

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    The Film

    Nicole Opper (the SilverDOCS Award winning, Emmy-nominated filmmaker) and Kristan Cassady are a queer Bay Area couple who plan to adopt a child and decide they want to form their family by adopting from foster care. This comedic docu-series chronicles their journey into the foster care system to become fost-adopt parents, bumbling through a bureaucratic maze in order to learn everything they can. Sometimes the waiting is the hardest part, but at least Nicole and Kristan have a sense of humor about the rollercoaster of emotions they are riding.