New York Filmmaker Nick Louvel Dies at 34

Nick Louvel

The director, who helmed 2005's 'Domino One' with Natalie Portman, died in a car accident Thursday.

New York filmmaker Nick Louvel, who directed, wrote and starred in the 2005 mystery Domino One with Natalie Portman, has died. He was 34.

Louvel, who was to premiere his documentary The Uncondemned at the Hamptons Film Festival, died Thursday. According to the East Hampton Star, Louvel was traveling north on Route 114 when his car crossed over to the southbound lane, left the road and struck several trees. He was pronounced dead at Stony Brook University Hospital.

Louvel's documentary The Uncondemned, which he co-directed with Michele Mitchell, focused on the first trial to prosecute rape as a war crime. The winner of the 2015 Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of Conflict and Resolution, The Uncondemned is scheduled to premiere at the Hamptons Film Festival on Oct. 9.

Born in Santa Monica on Jan. 15, 1981, Louvel studied English at Harvard and completed the Sight and Sound summer program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He was a producer on several video shorts, an editor for such projects as the TV documentary Haiti: Where Did the Money Go (2012) and a production assistant on The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) and TV series Black Scorpion. He also was the director of photography for the short Bridge (2009), which won the Audience Award at New York's Blackout Film Festival.

In a statement, the festival said, "The family at the Hamptons International Film Festival is deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague Nick Louvel. His passion and filmmaking will be truly missed and our thoughts are with his family and friends during this tragic time."

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