With her debut film The Woodsman, Nicole Kassell has proven herself an accomplished storyteller with the aesthetic of an independent filmmaker as well as the craft of a commercial film director. The Woodsman, Kassell's first feature screenplay, based on the play by Steven Fechter, won her first prize at the 2001 Slamdance Screenplay Competition.
Kassell is a graduate of NYU's Graduate Film Program. At NYU, Kassell's work was recognized with a two-year Teaching Assistant scholarship, as well as Outstanding Achievement Awards in directing, writing, editing, and producing. While at NYU, Kassell produced, and directed three short films; Jaime, which won the 1999 DGA Best Female Student Filmmaker Award; and The Green Hour, which was honored with the Warner Brothers Pictures Film Production Award as well as selected for the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. Her short films have screened at numerous film festivals worldwide and sold internationally.
Kassell recently signed on to direct The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, a feature adaptation of Arthur Miller's play with Michael Douglas attached to star and produce with Mark Canton. She is currently reworking the screenplay which she adapted. The film is described as "a comic satire on the state of contemporary marriage."
Kassell currently resided in New York with her husband.