Nicole was raised in Germany but spent her adult life in London, England and Los Angeles. She received her BSc and a Masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, worked for Reuters News and on independent films as a production co-coordinator during her time in London.
A graduate of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film & Television with a MFA in Directing & Cinematography, Nicole’s films have won over a dozen awards and have screened in more then 100 international festivals around the world including the Berlin International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival and the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Nicole was the recipient of numerous film awards and grants at UCLA, including the Alfred P. Sloan Directing Fellowship, Technicolor Thesis Award and a Motion Picture Association of America Award among others. Her thesis film The Death Strip was the winner of the Student Emmy (the College Television Award) for Best Drama, the Directors Guild of America Best Student Filmmaker Award and the Emerging Cinematographers Award from the International Cinematographers Guild among others and was chosen to be the “Best Film on Campus” from MTVU. It was featured on the Sundance Channel and in Kodak’s InCamera “Next generation”. The Death Strip is distributed through Shorts International and soon to be available on iTunes worldwide.
Nicole’s feature documentary Little Joe, the life and times of Joe Dallesandro, Andy Warhol’s’ Superstar premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival to great reviews. It has since received numerous festival invites, sold out the Castro theater at San Francisco’s Frameline and been reviewed in numerous newspapers and magazines, from the Hollywood Reporter to Interview magazine and Rolling Stone Italy. She is currently working on a feature version of The Death Strip.Nicole Haeusser was awarded a Production grant at UCLA in 2005 for The Death Strip