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Praise for Nicole Opper's OFF AND RUNNING

{Winner – WGA Screenplay Award – Silverdocs}
{Winner – Jury Prize, Outstanding Documentary – Outfest}
{Winner – Jury Prize, Best Documentary – Philadelphia Q Fest}
{Tribeca Film Festival – Top 10 Audience Favorite}

"An amazing story about adoption, families, love, perseverance...a beautiful, honest, raw, and inspiring documentary and I recommend that everybody sees it, if they can."
- Rosie O'Donnell

"CRITICS' PICK! Fascinating and intimate." - New York Magazine

"Richly satisfying. Like the best documentarians, Opper knows how to listen, watch, wait, and build a picture as close to her subjects' points of view as can ever be achieved by an outsider." - Ella Taylor, Village Voice

"Fascinating. Opper allows Avery's story to unfold with the sort of naturalistic drama usually associated with scripted features.a startlingly sharp portrait." - Eric Kohn, indieWIRE

"A warm and tender documentary." - V.A. Musetto, The New York Post

"Remarkably intimate, exceptional story." - Kevin B. Lee, Time Out New York

"Lyrically made, Nicole Opper’s film addresses universal questions - "Who am I?" and "Where do I come from?" - with remarkable intelligence, sensitivity, and grace… It is an inspiring, and deeply moving portrait." - Gary M. Kramer, Gay City News

"Fascinating, inspiring." - Jennifer Merin,

"One of the most poignant films in this year’s festival... a unique and very American coming-of-age story that delves into the psyche of race through a fresh and careful dissection of a family's struggle." - Joel Hoglund, Tribeca Film Festival

"What at first looks like a heartwarming portrait of a highly blended modern family turns into a no less engrossing illustration of that situation's possible pitfalls … Stirring and accomplished." - Dennis Harvey, Variety

"Director Nicole Opper uses her all-access pass inside this most diverse of families to explore just how important it is to know who you are before you can decide where your life is headed." - David Lamble, Bay Area Reporter

"Probing deep into the nature of constructed identity. this film is an alternately wistful, touching and challenging portrait of [Avery's] rocky coming-of-age." -Filmmaker Magazine

"What begins as a hopeful voyage of self-discovery turns into something more fraught.
The documentary itself is transformed as it follows Avery on her journey, growing ever more suspenseful and emotionally resonant."
- Pam Grady, Frameline

"Off and Running" inspires … suspenseful and deeply felt."
- Richard Propes, The Independent Critic