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Hollywood Badger:

NICOLE ROCKLIN Even big things start small. That’s certainly been the case for Nicole Rocklin, a producer of Spotlight, the film that won Best Picture at the 88th annual Academy Awards in February.

“My college experience was one of the highlights of my life. It’s the only time in life you have that much freedom to explore so many things,” Rocklin says. “I miss it.”

Spotlight stars Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Liev Schreiber and tells the story of the Boston Globe journalists who uncovered sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. The movie received six Oscar nominations and won for Best Original Screenplay.

After graduation, Rocklin moved back to California. She knew she wanted to work in entertainment but wasn’t quite sure in what way. After working for an entertainment law firm, she took a job with Jerry Bruckheimer Films and then started her own production studio. Rocklin/Faust also produced “The Perfect Guy,” a thriller released in September.

It’s the scale of project Rocklin and her partner Blye Faust tend toward with their Los Angelesbased production company Rocklin/Faust. “We’ve been focused on smaller sorts of projects,” Rocklin says. “Some people put 20 things out there. We don’t do that. It’s not who we are. We want to tell stories about real people.” It took seven years to bring Spotlight to the screen. “It was never a question of whether we were going to tell the story,” Rocklin says. “We had to tell the story.” Rocklin grew up in California and graduated with honors from UW-Madison in 2001 after doublemajoring in History and Afro-American studies.

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The producer is part of the team behind the Oscar Award-winning Spotlight

In an era of shrinking newsrooms, Rocklin hopes that Spotlight reminds people of the importance of journalism. “If the Boston Globe didn’t have an investigation team, we might not know the story. As we all know, knowledge is power. This story spread throughout the world,” Rocklin says. “There are still so many stories to tell. If we don’t have reporters investigating, who is going to tell them?” — Story by Käri Knutson

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