Nickolas Rossi was born in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Columbia College Chicago for fine art photography and graduated from Portland State University with a degree in Sociology. Following university he lived and worked in Montréal, London, Prague and Los Angeles.
As a cinematographer, Nickolas has worked extensively across the world on narrative, documentary, corporate, television, commercial and branded projects. As a cinematographer and director, his work has screened at top-tier festivals including AFI DOCS, Melbourne, IDFA, CPH:DOX, SFIFF, Sundance, and Doc NYC, as well as broadcast on PBS Independent Lens, The Sundance Channel, IFC, MTV/ LOGO, and Fuel TV.
His feature narrative work includes "Southern Baptist Sissies" with Emmy Award winner Leslie Jordan ("Will & Grace") and Dale Dickey ("Winter's Bone"), "Do Not Disturb" with Stephen Geoffreys ("Fright Night"), and Corey Haim ("Lost Boys"), and "Breath of Hate" with Jason Mewes ("Clerks") and Ezra Buzzington ("The Hills Have Eyes").
His non-fiction film work includes the award winning feature documentaries, "Adjust Your Color" by Loren Mendell, "Slab City Prom", by Jordan Blady, and "The Power of Two", the directorial debut of Academy Award® nominated producer and frequent collaborator, Marc Smolowitz.
Nickolas’ cinematography has also been featured in John Maloof's Oscar nominated documentary, "Finding Vivian Maier", "The Fear of 13" by David Sington, and Lance Bang’s “Inside Portlandia” for IFC.
His directorial debut, "Heaven Adores You," about musician Elliott Smith, made it's premiere in May 2014 and has screened at over 40 festivals across 5 continents, and is currently distributed through Eagle Rock Entertainment.