Born and currently living in Omaha, NE, Nik Fackler made his screen writing and directorial debut with the feature film Lovely, Still, starring Oscar winners Ellen Burstyn and Martin Landau. The 2008 release received critical praise for its artful direction and powerful performances and earned Fackler an Independent Spirit Award Nomination.
Fackler’s career began as a teenager directing short films and music videos for bands such as Bright Eyes, Sia, Azure Ray, and Cursive. He was quickly noticed and found himself directing his first features at age 23. His most recent music videos have been for his own band, Icky Blossoms, which released its debut album on Saddle Creek Records.
For his sophomore feature, Sick Birds Die Easy, Fackler experimented with genre bending and magical realism in the jungles of Africa creating an experimental documentary based around hallucinogenic tourism, white privilege, and ancient religions.