ARTIST / FILMMAKER
Nicole Mackinlay Hahn is an artist and filmmaker based in New York. Her examination of courage and audacity in female extreme sports led her to directing her first feature documentary HARDIHOOD in 2001, and producing and shooting the ESPN X Games (1999-2001). She created a Clif Bar commercial for the Tour De France (2002), and collaborations on multiple films with Clif Bar & Co. quickly followed, as did partnerships on philanthropic video collaborations with Product(RED), Breast Cancer Fund, The Global Fund, and the ONE Campaign. Nicole has worked extensively in Africa, shooting in twelve countries for an interactive installation project concerning workers in the garment industry. The resulting MIRROR/AFRICA installation was featured in Barney’s New York, the New Museum, and the London College of Fashion (2008-2011).
Her continued interest in the lives of workers led to THE WELCOME TABLE PROJECT (2013), commissioned by Louverture Films and Dillywood, Inc., Nicole is directing a series of short film portraits which maps the labor chain of workers in the food industry, and which was recently featured at the Tribeca Film Festival/Interactive. Nicole’s cinematography has attracted major feature doc interest and she is now currently shooting THE SHADOW WORLD, about the international arms trade, by award-winning director and artist Johan Grimonprez. She is also providing additional cinematography for the feature documentary THE MESSAGE by Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein. Nicole received her BFA from the School of Art and Design at Alfred University concentrating in Print Media, Video Arts, and is the recipient of the Vinal Haven Press and Kala Fellowships. Her artwork has been exhibited internationally, recently at the UK’s Center For Contemporary Art and The Natural World, with prints available at the Lazarides Gallery in London.
Nicole began her film career by borrowing her little brother’s pixel vision camera in the eighth grade to film friends during school. Her artistic interests have always been centered in bringing the voice and humanity of her subjects into sharper focus. Her naturalistic approach across diverse communities around the world have established her as a premiere director of film / HD content for the art, design, and entertainment fields.
PAST CLIENTS INCLUDE: Bono & Ali Hewson, Christy Turlington, Donna Karan, Louverture Films, Dillywood Inc., U2, Clif Bar & Co., ESPN, Edun Apparel, Barneys New York, Loomstate, Rogan, Sephora, Nude Skincare, Product(RED), ONE Campaign, Christie’s, Breast Cancer Fund, Mother Jones Magazine.