Mark Nickolas Plus

Brooklyn, NY

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After 15 years at the highest levels of Democratic politics and new media, I returned to school in 2011 with the goal of becoming a documentary filmmaker. In May 2013, I earned my Master's of Arts degree in Media Studies and Film at The New School in New York City.

My first short film (My Life in the Canyon of Heroes), which began as a class project, went on to become a finalist of Smithsonian magazine's In Motion film contest in July and has received considerable national media attention.

I am currently in pre-production on my first feature-length documentary called 'A Cloud of Suspicion' — a cautionary tale on the excesses of the War on Terror under both the Bush and Obama administrations as it spotlights a Kansas-born football star wrongly trapped in a Kafka-esque post-9/11 national security black hole and considered a high-value terrorism suspect. With his promising life near ruin, he fights backs against the Attorney General and FBI all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to clear his name and change the system.

I can be reached at mark -at-

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  1. Sheffield Doc/Fest
  2. Digital Hydra
  3. Lindsay Pugh
  4. Maja Bugge
  5. Chelsy Mitchell
  6. Liam Golding
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  8. Sarah Winshall
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