Nic Bettauer is a filmmaker and artist who loves to witness, share and advocate others’ stories, to photograph decisive moments, and to travel. She enjoys hearing tales as much as telling them and strives to ever be an experiential learner.
Nic wrote, directed, and produced the award-winning feature film DUCK, starring the sublime Philip Baker Hall (www.duckthemovie.com). Set in a Los Angeles bereft of common sense or decency, duck1 n. is about a duck who saves the life of a man & duck2 v. is about taking shelter. Read an interview with Nic here & here.
Nic co-wrote and plans to direct the 2016 Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition Finalist and Academy Nicholl Fellowship Semifinalist THE CIRCLE GAME, a singular love story at the heart of dual family dramas about nature, nurture, and the act of caregiving.
Nic is also developing to direct THE DOGCATCHER, the comedic tale of a serial optimist who finally meets his expectations ☺
Nic wrote and is serializing her TV Pilot CANARY, the raucously entertaining tale of a renegade detective solving a social ill, perhaps at his own expense...
Nic works as a social worker, art facilitator and documentarian for The Painted Brain, a nonprofit multimedia outreach community and advocacy campaign which uses the arts to bring together and give voice to individuals fighting for their own and others’ mental health (www.paintedbrain.org). Having launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to bring a mobile “Outsider Art Cart” to homeless communities throughout Los Angeles, Nic is currently sharing her hope and belief in the healing power of art directly with those living on the streets.
Nic holds an MFA from USC School of Cinematic Arts, MSW (Dean's Scholar) from USC School of Social Work, and BA (with Distinction) from Stanford University. Her multimedia reel can be viewed @ www.NicsPics.net.