Amanda Cole’s roots are in photography, film, and music. Cole, a resident of the Hudson Valley, NY, worked in independent cinema in the 90's as a camera assistant, wardrobe and art department. Cole was shortlisted for the Sundance Writer's Lab for screenplay, "Baby Jim," a quarterfinalist for The Academy Nicholl Fellowship with screenplay, "The Primality of One," co-writer of horror feature, "Holocaust, Holocaust," with director, Sofian Khan (in which she also starred), and wrote, directed, and produced three web-series pilots, "Peripheral City" (2009), "Strand" (2011), and "High Falls" (2014/LA Film Fest Best Web Series Nomination) for the web. Cole was invited into the Writers Guild of America East's Digital Caucus for original web content (2010), and is a juror for WGA Awards, on the WGAE Activities Committee, and directed one of two SAG/WGAE Bi-Annual Table Reads at Lincoln Center starring Taye Diggs, Steve Schirripa, Rachel Dratch, Scott Adsit (2014). Cole is a film/photo teacher at Lesley University 2020-22.
Cole is an MFA Cohort at Lesley University, in the Photography and Integrated Media Program, Class of 2021, Writer, Filmmaker, Photographer. The recipient of the Photographic Resource Center Graduate Student Award, 2020
Cole graduated with a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art film dept, with Academic Distinction, 2008, the recipient of the Lila Chapin Creative Writing Award, and the Dondis Travel Grant.
Cole studied alternative processes photography at Harvard with Lesley's own Grad Photo Chair, Christopher James, 1988-90.