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Nikki Braendlin

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Nikki Braendlin

Writer/Director Nikki Braendlin’s first film, the feature dramedy AS HIGH AS THE SKY, was distributed by Cinema Libre Studios after garnering multiple awards and strong reviews (“This first feature from writer/director Nikki Braendlin is a strikingly intimate study in visual character definition and painful emotional growth." —Entertainment Magazine).

Past writing projects include adapting the NYTimes best-selling memoir FAST GIRL for Eleonore Dailly (I AM NOT AN EASY MAN) and Amy Smart (THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT, “Stargirl") and developing “Sundown,” a one-hour drama about the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project to which Zoe Saldana’s production company Cinestar was attached.

Nikki served three terms on the Board of Directors for Alliance of Women Directors. In 2023 she was asked to step in as interim Executive Director and currently works as their Operations Coordinator.

Before segueing to writing and directing, Nikki studied at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting, Los Angeles and co-founded Hear Me Roar Productions (HMR). An all-women’s theater company, HMR's performances were designed to bring awareness and financial aid to women’s and children’s charities. Through HMR, and her work as a group home counselor, Nikki ran writing and acting workshops for at-risk teenaged girls, helping them create and perform scenes from their personal histories.

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