Talent Guide

Nicholas Ma

  • Discipline:Director, Writer
  • Program Year:Fast Track 2020, Screenwriting Lab 2020


Nicholas Ma is an award-winning writer, director and producer based in NYC. He produced Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, a documentary on Fred Rogers, now the all-time highest-grossing bio-documentary. This past year, he directed the award-winning Suite No. 1 Prelude, which screened at festivals around the country, including the New York Film Festival. His debut feature script, Mabel, received both the NYU Sloan Prize and the Tribeca Film Institute Sloan Prize and is slated to shoot next Spring. A 2020 Film Independent Fellow and DOC NYC fellow, he is also currently in development on a feature documentary with Motto Pictures.

Current Project



No one gets Callie, an awkward kid whose one friend, Mabel, is a plant -- except Ms. G, her teacher who introduces her to the controversial world of “plant intelligence.” Desperate to impress her, Callie builds a secret greenhouse in her backyard, but Callie’s obsession sets her on a collision course with her mother and threatens her first connection with another kid.