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 will next direct the Academy Nicholl Fellowship Semifinalist and Austin Film Festival Finalist THE CIRCLE GAME, a singular love story at the heart of dual family dramas about nature, nurture, and the heroism of caregiving.
Nic wrote and is serializing CANARY, the raucous, harrowing, and wickedly entertaining tale of a renegade detective solving a social ill, perhaps at her own expense.
Nic is developing to direct THE DOGCATCHER by writer Bruce Luchsinger, the comedic tale of a serial optimist who finally meets his expectations...
Nic is developing to direct MELIQUE MEET DORNO by writer Evan Richards, a penetratingly humorous look into teen sex, double standards, rumors, relationships, self acceptance and that eternal question: where's the guy who wants a BJ and to be my BF?
Nic worked 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. Having launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to bring a mobile “Outsider Art Cart” to homeless communities in Los Angeles, Nic shared her hope and belief in the healing power of art directly with those living on the streets.
Nic worked for Diverse Journeys providing one-on-one creative supportive services to individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities living independently in the community.
Nic currently volunteers as a crisis counselor with the Crisis Text Line.
Nic holds an MFA from USC School of Cinematic Arts, MSW from USC School of Social Work (Dean's Scholar), and BA from Stanford University (with Distinction). She enjoyed additional undergraduate studies at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Her multimedia reel can be viewed @ www.NicsPics.net.