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 helped Solid Threads make fundraising fun with the "Solidaritees" program -- providing NGO connection, design conceptualization/art direction, descriptive web copy, and initial outreach.
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 was one of two to come out of that year and was wholly inspired by the young women who first took the footage.
Clothes for those who love VT.
Original, word-play based designs that celebrate VT. Digs is slang for clothes and of course to "dig" is to love ... we hope you love our clothes, available at Skirack in downtown Burlington, and for licensing. Please Contact Us for inquiries or to see all designs.
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 work with them to administer it. Though it has evolved over the years, the slide deck below shows the original version and the video above it 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. Here is an article from The Vermont Quarterly which describes the project more.
The shirts on this page were conceptualized and sometimes 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 loves to find the humor in everyday frustrations and oft-overlooked societal hypocrisies, weaving light-hearted observations with social commentary.
I currently teach at the University of Vermont and will be teaching a camp at Davis Studio in the summer. I've taught documentary courses at Community College of VT, to kids at Sustainability Academy, and for The Tent Village in India, as well as at other programs for children and teens.
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.