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Nicole Haeusser is a film director and cinematographer who has made more than thirty films and videos in Germany, England and the US. Ms. Haeusser is nearing completion of her MFA in the UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television. She is the recipient of numerous film awards and grants, including the Alfred P. Sloan Directing Fellowship, Edie & Lew Wasserman Grant, the Technicolor Thesis Award and an MPAA Award.

As a cinematographer, she recently filmed the Showtime short "Voices of War", which aired to outstanding reviews. Several of her documentaries and shorts have aired on US and German television, and in Festivals internationally. Beyond making films, she enjoyed directing theater for the UCLA F. F. Coppola One Act Play Festival.

Ms. Haeusser is in post-production on her thesis film, "The Death Strip", which was filmed in Los Angeles and Berlin. She received her B.A. and a Masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics. This project combines her two passions: filmmaking and politics. She is currently writing the feature script based on this story in which an East German family attempts to escape to West Germany during the Cold war. The story focuses on the life and death decisions people are forced to make and depicts the culture that forces those decisions.

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