Nicole Prowell is a documentary filmmaker who takes the occasional adventure into the world of experimental film. She received her Masters Degree from Emerson College in Visual Media Arts and is currently pursuing her MFA in Media Art. Additionally, she studied filmmaking at FAMU in Prague.
Prior to moving to Boston, Nicole worked for IBM and the Jacob Burns Film Center, a non-profit art house focused on visual literacy. She has worked for MIT’s Nextlab program, traveling to the Philippines to document a medical research team. Currently, she is an assistant editor for documentary filmmaker Ross McElwee.
Nicole is the former Vice President of Women in Film & Video/New England, and a member of Connect the Docs and the University Film and Video Association. Her recent projects include Happy Hunting, a short, personal documentary, which has screened in Los Angeles, Boston, New York, and New Hampshire.
As a documentary filmmaker, I believe strongly in unearthing an epiphany in the everyday, as I tend to document the overlooked. Virginia Woolf wrote, “Nothing really has happened until it has been recorded.” I believe this is what pushes me to capture ephemeral moments before they are lost, in an effort to celebrate the miniscule, the ordinary, and the unnoticed. To do so is to give purpose and meaning to everything that surrounds us.
My work is colored with personal memories and experiences, but it remains accessible enough to resonate with my audience. What I hope to express is that history is attached to all things, and that everything is a metaphor for something past.