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Director NICOLE KASSELL has proven herself an accomplished storyteller with the aesthetic of an independent filmmaker as well as the craft of a commercial film director.

Her latest feature, the dramedy "A Little Bit of Heaven,” starring Kate Hudson, Gael Garcia Bernal, Lucy Punch, Kathy Bates, Peter Dinklage, and Whoopi Goldberg, will be released by Millenium Entertainment in June 2012.

Kassell's first feature was "The Woodsman,” based on the play by Steven Fechter. Kassell's adaptation won her first prize at the 2002 Slamdance Screenplay Competition. "The Woodsman”, starring Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, then premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, was subsequently picked up by Newmarket Films, and was released in December of 2004.

Kassell was nominated for a Gotham Award (Breakthrough Director) as well as for an Independent Spirit Award (Best First Feature) for "The Woodsman.” The film was honored at the 2004 Directors' Fortnight at The Cannes Film Festival with a CACAE (art house award) as well as for music composition. The film won The Jury Prize at the 2004 Deauville Film Festival. It also received a Humanitas nomination. The Humanitas Prize was created 30 years ago to encourage, stimulate and sustain writers in their humanizing task and to give them the recognition they deserve.

Kassell has directed episodes "Cold Case” for CBS, "The Closer" for TNT, and "The Killing” for AMC. Kassell is currently writing an adaptation of Barbara Kingsolver's book "Prodigal Summer”.

Kassell is a graduate of NYU's Graduate Film Program. At NYU, Kassell's work was recognized with a two-year teaching assistant scholarship, as well as Outstanding Achievement Awards in directing, writing, editing, and producing.

Nicole currently resides in New York with her husband and children.


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