Detroit native Nicole Sylvester began her career as a local cable producer/director before transitioning to feature film production. Nicole made a name for herself as a coordinator for independent and studio productions such as The Next (25/7), 8 Mile (Universal), Hard Ball (Paramount), Chasing Sleep (Forensic Films), *61 (HBO) and Jeff Daniels' company Purple Rose Films where she was Distribution Coordinator for the feature Super Sucker. She made the transition to film production by producing and directing the short films The Stop and minor blues before making her feature film directorial debut with Layla’s Girl, a heartwarming film about one woman’s journey toward peace and healing after the death of her estranged mother. The film, co-starring Richard Gant (Men of A Certain Age, The Big Lebowski) premiered at the Museum of African American History and has played at several film festivals.
Since that time, Nicole has produced independent film, including: The Owner (an international feature production), 17000 Block (a feature film distributed by First Look Home Entertainment), feature film CASS, several short films, web-series and music videos. More recent productions include the web series pilot Brothers on the Phone and sci-fi short film Roxë15, short film County of Kings, web series Queen Hussy (a raunchy mock reality show comedy based in 1974) and “Good To Me,” a music video for LeToya Luckett (Destiny’s Child).
She has been a featured guest on FOX 2 News Morning, WXYZ 7 Sunday Morning News, PBS’ American Black Journal, and the WJLB FM 98 Morning Show. She is a member of New York Women In Film and Television and the Freelancers Union. She has been an invited panelist at the Mayor’s Film Office open forum in Detroit; the Motor City International Film Festival; the Detroit and Windsor International Festival of Film, the Muskegon Film Festival, the Black Cinema Café Film Screening, and at Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts, of which she is also an alumna. She is also the recipient of three Public Benefit Corporation grants for film productions.
Somehow, Nicole still finds the time to develop her own feature project, Growing Up Autumn.