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Nicole Otero is an artist and filmmaker. Her directorial narrative debut, Slip, was acquired by DEDZA/Kino Lorber, as part of a collection highlighting emerging and underrepresented directors. Slip is currently streaming on the Criterion Channel. Otero’s next film, When There Was Water, premiered at BAM in New York. She is a recipient of the 2022 NALIP Latino Lens grant for her latest film Wait For Night, a spiritual proof of concept for her forthcoming feature project in development.

Otero received a 2023 California Arts Council’s Emerging Artist grant. In 2024, she will complete a MacDowell Artist Fellowship, a DiTrapano Foundation for Literature & the Arts Residency, and The Creative Residency at Bloedel Reserve. With a practice that spans writing, directing and editing, Otero is interested in a haptic cinema. Through an emphasis on sound and perspective, she is searching for embodied experiences in film. 

In addition to her work as a director, Otero edited The African Desperate and was an additional editor on The Ballad of Suzanne Césaire. She has edited several films for major museum exhibitions, including MoMA, The Whitney, the Hammer Museum, and more. Otero was also a writer of Civic, an award-winning short film which played IFFR, Clermont Ferrand, and New Directors/New Films in 2023.

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