Zac James Nicholson is an American filmmaker born in New York and living in Brooklyn. His work as a director and cinematographer spans the medium from narrative to documentary film, and is regarded for its unique character-driven, cinematic perspective.

Most recently, Zac shot the feature-length documentary, Memory Games, which follows four athletes from around the world as they compete in the fascinating and surprisingly visual world of competitive memorization. It's currently available on Netflix. The short film he shot, Observatory Blues, staring Tom Schiller and Amy Sedaris, has been a favorite at festivals and beyond, picking up a Vimeo Staff Pick among other accolades.


Among a number of feature length projects currently in production, he is co-directing and shooting a documentary about a little known but highly influential 1970s New York area rock club, My Father's Place, and the unlikely impresario behind it.

Other Clients:

92nd Street Y / American Express / Andy Akiho / Band of Light /  Bravo! Vail / Carnegie Hall /

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center / CNN / CNNFilms / Concert4NYC / Deep Focus / The Emerson String Quartet / Global Citizen Festival / Ikana Media / Janssen Pharmaceuticals / Johnson & Johnson / Joshua Bell / La Jolla Music Society / Line By Line Productions / Filmproduktions GmbH Metropolis Ensemble / Montefiore Medical Center /  Music@Menlo / Nanette Lepore / National Geographic Documentary Films / New York Philharmonic / Ogilvy /

Reservoir Films / Riverkeeper / Robin Hood Foundation / Shmaltz Brewing Company / Sierra Tango Productions /

Story Syndicate / Sony Masterworks / The Knights / Tribeca Film Festival