Creative Producer / Filmmaker / Photographer / Event Manager￼
Nikki Michail is a creative producer who has directed and produced a variety of film projects, festivals, events, cultural exchanges, tours, plus photographic and printed media works. A natural pollinator and keen multi-tasker, Nik’s work reflects her ability to connect people, places and projects, with a strong focus on the wellbeing of country, communities and First Nations’ cultures.
With a Bachelor of Film & Television Production from the Queensland College of Art (Griffith University), she has undertaken a wide range of media projects, travelling nationally and internationally to do so. She also delivers media training and event mentoring, currently manages young Torres Strait Islander musician Chris Tamwoy, and programs and manages various festivals.
Her documentary, film and music video works have been broadcast on NITV, SBS, ABC, Channel 10 and other free-to-air and pay-TV stations. She directed Xavier Rudd’s ‘Follow the Sun’ music video, which went viral online with over 12 million views worldwide and received repeated airplay nationally and abroad.
Nikki’s photographic works have been published in various newspapers, magazines and online. She lives and works with a deeply ingrained understanding that regardless of our background, social status, age or race - we are all custodians to the earth. She helped establish Sustainable Dreaming with aspirations for people to understand and real-ise their connections and shared responsibility to where they call home. The focus of this organization is to merge modern innovations and ancient wisdoms; to utilize the arts to creatively sustain cultural practices and care for country.
Her values lie in conservation, artistic exploration, education and empowerment. Engagement with youth is especially important, as is consultation with Elders for successful projects. She has worked and lived with Indigenous peoples from Tasmania to Arnhem Land, and largely throughout Queensland including Cape York, Hervey Bay, K'gari Fraser Island, Sunshine Coast, Woorabinda, and Minjerribah, Stradbroke Island, Australia – where she permanently resides.
Nik continues to develop artistic relationships in the USA, Vanuatu, Aotearoa New Zealand, Hawaii, and throughout the Pacific, with a focus on film, photography, language, dance, cultural heritage and media training.
She hopes to continue working on projects that explore and support these amazing cultures, threatened landscapes, languages, and the aspirations of First Nations people; alongside a growing team of Sustainable Dreamers that also share this focus thru their individual arts and cultural practices.