An interview / article about Nic in Ability Magazine.
The Easterseals Disability Film Challenge gives filmmakers—with and without disabilities—the opportunity to collaborate to tell unique stories that showcase disability in its many forms.
The film challenge is a weekend-long filmmaking contest, open to all, that provides a platform for new voices in the entertainment industry. Each year, aspiring storytellers are prompted to creatively write, produce and complete a short film. Challenge winners receive invaluable access to entertainment professionals, opening the door to an industry notoriously difficult to enter.
A talk Nic Novicki does at schools, companies and conferences.
As a champion of inclusion, Nic presented at the White House’s Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0 Disability & Media Summit in December 2016 and serves as a mentor for Veterans in Film and Television and the PGA Power of Diversity Master Workshop.
Nic was a writer for the 2017 CBS Diversity Comedy Showcase.
He served as a writer on the MTV2 Sketch Comedy Show Stankervision. He has written feature film scripts that were optioned called Killing Santa and an untitled Billy Barty biopic.
Nic Novicki is an actor, comedian and producer who has performed on six continents.
His television credits include: Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos, AXS Gotham Comedy Live, Jack and Triumph, The Neighbors, Austin and Alley, Private Practice and Drop Dead Diva. He has appeared in several movies, such as Life Happens, November Rule, The Last 5 Years, Boston Girls and Breaking Wind and will soon be seen in the upcoming Dead Ant.
Nic has produced several feature films, television pilots and web series for companies including Sony, CBS, Air China, Maxim and Universal and is an active member in the Producers Guild of America’s Diversity Committee. Nic wrote for the CBS Diversity Showcase and has also written and directed several short films including A Little Broke, which was acquired by the TV station Shorts HD.
As a stand up comedian, Nic has toured all over the world, including several tours for the troops overseas through Armed Forces Entertainment. He has performed stand up on AXS Gotham Comedy Live.
He is the founder and Director of the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge.
Founder and Director
Nic Novicki attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the school of Film and Television, and UCB Theater. He has acted in the TV shows Boardwalk Empire (recurring), The Sopranos, Jack and Triumph, Drop Dead Diva, The Neighbors, Austin and Ally, Private Practice, in the films L!fe Happens, The Last 5 Years, and the upcoming Dead Ant. He’s appeared in numerous stage productions including a world tour of Mabou Mines Dollhouse and a critically acclaimed one main show called A Prelude To A Death In Venice.
Nic has been touring the country as a comedian ever since he started doing stand up comedy in college. Watch below for his performance on AXS Gotham Comedy Live .
He has also done several Armed Forces Entertainment tours, performing for the troops in Kosovo, England, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, France. Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Portugal, and Spain.
Nic was a producer on Backstage Live for the 2012 Emmys. He has produced countless short films including American Girl for the AFI woman’s director workshop, One Halloween for NALIP/HBO, as well as the web-series The Urban Guardian and We All Float On. He’s produced the independent feature films: The Father, Boston Girls, and Life On the Road with Mr. and Mrs. Brown. He produced content for Air China, Universal, Dell, and Def Jam.
Nic began producing first out of necessity. Like so many up and coming actors, Nic wanted to exhibit his acting ability in roles that were not type cast by his first look appearance. What started as a necessity though quickly became a passion all on it's own, and Nic's ability to produce high-quality low-budget productions has made him a sought after producer in the Hollywood community of up and coming film makers. He is an active member of the Producers Guild of America’s Diversity Committee. He also graduated with honors from Temple University's Fox School of Business.
He’s produced several TV shows and pilots including Showtimes Last Stop for Charlie, We All Float On, Havoc, Urban Guardians, he co created and produced a pilot called Broken Dreams Blvd (optioned by Alec Baldwin/NBC/Universal), He has also developed unscripted television shows with top production companies including Authentic, Mandt Bros., Endemol, and 495 Productions. Nic is currently in pre-production on the feature film Flickerbox and he has several feature films in development including a feature length bio pic about his personal hero Billy Barty.
A Little Broke
Left in the Desert
Film Challenge History
In 2017, Nic and Easterseals Southern California joined forces to expand the challenge, now known as the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge. As the leading nonprofit supporting people with disabilities, Easterseals brings additional attention to the challenge, using its numerous communications channels to encourage participation.
Nic Novicki launched the Disability Film Challenge in 2014 in response to seeing disabilities underrepresented both in front of and behind the camera. As someone with a disability, Nic created the challenge to give aspiring filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their work and provide them with meaningful exposure.
Since the challenge launched, aspiring filmmakers from around the world have created more than 150 films, which have been viewed online and at festivals including the HollyShorts Film Festival.
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Nic has directed a vast amount of branded web series and short form films that have been screened at film festivals all across the world. Below are a few films available for viewing.
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