Nicole Brending is a writer/director of more than ten short films and music videos, including “Operated by Invisible Hands,” which screened on four continents and won honors at Ann Arbor, Palm Springs Shortfest, Hamburg Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and a Student Emmy at the 52nd College TV Awards. As a screenwriter, she has worked with Nicole Kidman, Catherine Hardwicke, Robert Evans, Cheryl Dolins, and Tom Dolby. Her work has been supported by the Jerome Foundation (2007, 2008, 2012), the McKnight Foundation (2009) and has received distribution through Frameline and Strand Releasing. She is an alumnus of the 2010 Berlinale Talents and in 2011, she was selected to participate in the Berlin International Film Festival’s Talent Project Market. She received her MFA in Film from Columbia University where her feature script “Preservation” won the Ezra Litwak Award for Distinction in Screenwriting, and her short film “Duluth” received “Best Short Under 12 Minutes” and “Faculty Honors.” She recently finished the short film “Selfied” which she wrote, directed, and stars in, now in submission to festivals. When she’s not making movies and saving lives, she enjoys imagining the inner life of her schnoodle Franz.