Over the last decade or so, Amy Nicholson has produced and directed four documentaries. Her award-winning short, BEAUTY SCHOOL, is a wry portrait of first-time dog grooming students. It premiered at the Hot Docs International Film Festival, secured a PBS broadcast, and entertained passengers on Virgin Atlantic.
MUSKRAT LOVELY, a feature that follows the stiff competition for queen at the world championships of muskrat skinning, premiered in competition at the Hamptons International Film Festival and won a coveted slot on the Emmy Award-winning series Independent Lens.
Amy's next project was ZIPPER, a roller coaster saga about the redevelopment of Coney Island. With a cast of grizzled carnies and stuffed-shirt politicians, ZIPPER premiered to sold-out audiences in New York before touring the festival circuit for more than two years. It was booked into the Laemmle and the IFC Center where it was extended twice, secured a WNET/PBS broadcast, and qualified for an Oscar.
Amy’s films have been reviewed by Variety, Indiewire, The Hollywood Reporter, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. Her most recent project is PICKLE, a not-so-serious survey of one couple’s unorthodox collection of rescue pets. After garnering more than a dozen audience awards and qualifying for an Oscar, PICKLE got national theatrical distribution and was chosen for New York Times’ Op Docs. It was also shortlisted for the Cinema Eye Honors and nominated for the IDA Awards.