Talent Guide

Nico Opper

  • Discipline:Director
  • Program Year:CNN Docuseries Intensive 2020


Nico Opper (they/them) is an Emmy®-nominated filmmaker who has been featured in Filmmaker
Magazine’s annual “25 New Faces of Independent Film”, Indiewire Magazine’s “25 LGBT
Filmmakers on the Rise”, and DOC NYC’s “40 Under 40” list of documentary talents. Their work
has screened at The Tribeca Film Festival, Hot Docs, Los Angeles Film Festival, AFI Docs and
Guadalajara Int’l Film Festival. Their debut feature film Off and Running received the Best
Documentary Award at Outfest, the The WGA Award for Best Documentary Screenplay at
Silverdocs, and aired on P.O.V. Their recent short form episodic series The F Word was
nominated for a Gotham Award for Breakthrough Series, an IDA Award for Best Short Series and
was named one of the year’s best web series by IndieWire Magazine. Nico most recently
collaborated with Shannon St. Aubin on the Tribeca and Hot Docs short documentary When I
Write It
, which was picked up by POV this summer, and like this series, focuses on young people
using music for racial justice and social change.

Current Project

Alphabet Rockers Got Your Back


Grammy-nominated Alphabet Rockers is an unlikely phenomenon of the children's music world: a group of kids using hip hop to effect social change. With songs like “Black Gxrl Magic” and “Until You’re Free” - about migrant children being held in U.S. detention centers - and songs that speak out about racism and smashing the gender binary, they are activists first and artists second. As adults and children alike grapple with these questions, society needs their voices more than ever.