Nikila Cole: Award-winning Writer, Producer, & Director

Nikila (Nikki) Cole has established an international reputation as an award-winning writer, producer, and director. Formerly a critically acclaimed choreographer and theater director, she transitioned into film production and continued circling the globe with her 11-year old daughter Sarah for three years. They created a PBS and Vision TV documentary WANDERINGS: A JOURNEY TO CONNECT, as they explored strange and unusual Jewish communities from Korea to Iceland to India. She was the Series Producer/director of You…Me & the Kids for WTN and also produced audio-visual materials for Vancouver’s Pacific Space Centre, the King Abdulaziz Historical Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and was production manager for several English and foreign language Motion Simulator Ride films including MARS and SEATREK for SimEx Inc.  Her other documentaries and dance films include PAUL’S PIECE OF SKY (PBS) about a struggling African American Dance Company and INTIMACIES about Michael Kearns, Hollywood’s first openly HIV+ actor. (Bravo, Audience Vote: Best Documentary, Palm Springs Int’l Film Fest).

Now, after an extensive career as a writer/producer/director/story producer of over 15 factual series including THE SHOPPING BAGS, TAKE THIS HOUSE & SELL IT, TILL DEBT DO US PART, FOUR WEDDINGS, STORAGE WARS CANADA, and ICE ROAD TRUCKERS, she’s expanded into scripted entertainment with a dramatic BravoFACT short, MY FATHER, JOE adapted from a story by Jack Engelhard (INDECENT PROPOSAL).  After winning five international awards including the Special Jury Remi Award at WorldFest Houston, it was well received in the Cannes Marche, broadcast on The Movie Channel and released on iTunes. She directed the Canadian Screen Awards nominated TESSA and SCOTT about Canada’s Olympic ice dancing champions for the W Network, as well the CSA nominated KEEPING CANADA ALIVE, and CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON for the CBC. She was the showrunner for a CBC pilot. ANYTHING BUT AVERAGE, exploring the real-life stories behind Canada’s statistics. Nikki is currently developing two drama series, two features, and a documentary. One of the features, The Bride’s Wedding, recently won Best Screenwriting at the Jogja International Film Festival in Indonesia, and her pilot script for the series Serpent Queen just won Best TV Pilot Screenplay at the Oaxaca International Film Festival.

What do you love most about Your City?

Having just moved to Los Angeles, I’m over the moon about practically everything! Waking up to blue skies and swaying palm trees is a dream come true and I love taking walks through my neighborhood with the scents of so many beautiful flowers wafting through. I don’t keep a car in LA and am having a great time getting to know the public transit system…perfect for the Millenials and me!

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

The breakfast special at the Beachwood Café is my fave so far.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – usually meditating and getting ready for a workout of some kind. OR on a plane somewhere – I take a lot of early morning flights.

10:00 AM – If I’m not shooting or travelling, I’m thick into emails. Once those are done, I’m on to whatever work or writing is happening.

12:00 PM - Favorite Power Lunch spot/meal?

Don’t have one yet. Taking all suggestions ;)

7:00 PM -  Usually still working and trying to get a light evening meal in somehow, during which I try to visit with friends or family.

11:00 PM – Wish I could say I am asleep by 11 but unfortunately I haven’t been able to curb my late night mental energy. Working on it though because I’ve learned the value of sleep. Soon I hope to act on this revelation :)

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

Boring on this one: caffeinated  tea in the morning and herbal tea at night. Sometimes in the middle of the day, a decaffinated cappuccino. Sorry! Although recently I discovered amazing Mezcal in Oaxaca. Wouldn’t say I need it to get through the day but it sure was interesting!

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

Just Facebook for me. With so much travelling, it helps me stay in touch with friends and family. Currently enjoying for video chatting. Great camera, switching to whoever is talking and visual ID’s work very well in large groups.

What should everyone try at least once?

Travel, travel, travel! So important for opening the mind, body, and soul.

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

Anywhere that I feel safe. Singapore is one of my favorite cities to get lost in any time of the day or night. So many cultures, foods, history, museums, and lush greenery. Many, many discoveries!