Nilima completed an MFA in documentary film and video at Stanford University. The films here include her student works as well as more recent self-directed and client work. Current, longer movies can be previewed here and here.
Solid Threads, an original t-shirt brand specializing in vintage-inspired, clever and fun shirts, wanted to apply its aesthetic to support good causes. Splice Cream coined the term "Solidaritees" for the new fun-draising venture, and provided design conceptualization/art direction, descriptive web copy, and NGO partnerships.
With the support of a Fulbright Fellowship, Nilima spent a year in India, filming and teaching at a cross-cultural home/school for 35 children. This film, along with a feature-length documentary, were developed during that time.
Clothes for those who love VT.
Original, word-play designs that celebrate VT. “Digs” is slang for clothes, and of course “to dig" is “to love” (and dig in dirt!) Design themes include VT beer, dairy, Lake Champlain, and other iconic aspects of Vermont culture. VT Digs is a Splice Cream Company.
The Tent Village is an award-winning film that aired on PBS. It's a nuanced view into the lives of roadside tent dwellers in India, filmed by their teenaged children. The film is just under 30 minutes, and is ideal for classrooms, or by non-profit or service groups. The film covers a range of social issues such as: gender roles, stereotypes, mental health and addiction, social mobility, and human potential, which are interwoven with the narrative. It's not didactic, but rather thought-provoking and nuanced.
In a former iteration, we developed the Reward Volunteers iPhone app and web-widget in collaboration with Cabot Creamery. Cabot later bought Reward Volunteers, and we continue to work with them to administer it. Though it has evolved over the years, the slide deck below shows the original version, and the video to the right further demonstrates the program.
With the support of a Fulbright Fellowship, Nilima spent a year in India, filming and teaching at a cross-cultural home/school for 35 children. Kail Yuga Chants is the feature-length film she shot, along with co-creating a documentary short.
Here is an article from The Vermont Quarterly which describes the project more.
The shirts on this page were conceptualized, and and co art-directed by Splice Cream for Solid Threads. Most of the t-shirts are available in both men and women's styles and some for kids and babies as well. They are being sold in stores internationally as well as online.
To see three more designs that are also fundraisers for small organizations, click here.
Nilima has been performing standup comedy for a few years, and tries to integrate humor throughout Splice Cream, as it’s integral to making good causes enticing.
Nilima has taught documentary courses at The University of Vermont and Community college of VT, as well as the Davis Studio , Burlington’s Sustainability Academy, SLED Summer camp, and for The Tent Village in India.
Editorial style writing samples
How can depression and obesity amongst the "haves" be rising, while hunger and disease are equally rampant? Saturated with material goods and information, we feel overwhelmed and disconnected. Despite intentions to be healthy, help others or be "green", real change often feels futile —why not eat one more cookie? What’s biking to work or picking up trash really going to achieve? Chalo attempts to answer these questions by adding meaning and impact to everyday choices.
An overview of Nilima Abrams' early attempts at social entrepreneurship, documentary filmmaking and cause-marketing.