Nicole Haeusser’s award-winning films have appeared at Berlin, Melbourne and numerous other international festivals and have also been screened at the National Portrait Gallery in London and on the Sundance Channel. Her films have earned her a Student Emmy (the College Television Award) for Best Drama, the Directors Guild of America Best Student Filmmaker Award and the Alfred P. Sloan Directing Fellowship, among others.

A German native, Haeusser received her BSc and MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Now a resident of Los Angeles, she graduated with an MFA in Directing and Cinematography from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television.

Her documentary Little Joe, about the life and times of Andy Warhol’s superstar Joe Dallesandro, premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and garnered accolades from Rolling Stone, Interview Magazine, and the Hollywood Reporter. The Australian Film Review called the film a fascinating glimpse and illuminating insider’s look at the Warhol phenom.”

Haeusser's thesis film The Death Strip, about a family escaping from East Berlin during the Cold War, is distributed through Shorts International and available on iTunes. MTVU chose it for Best Film on Campus and called Haeusser’s direction “downright sexy.” The review also called praised The Death Strip as “phenomenal moviemaking‚Ķif we’re all lucky, more will come.”

Haeusser is currently working on two feature-length scripts, one of which is expanding on The Death Strip.


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