“Nicole” is a metaphor for the highly publicized domestic violence story of Nicole Brown Simpson.

Award Winning/Call to Action/Music Video  
Filmmakers: Two-Time Emmy Winner Renee Sotile & Mary jo Godges

Sotile and Godges say their goal behind “I Remember Nicole” is to empower victims and survivors and start conversations, and for the world to remember Nicole and all those who suffered and continue to suffer from abuse.

I Will Free Myself, Believe In Myself
I Will Keep Myself Safe And Whole
I Will Love Myself, Reach Out For Help
This Is What I Know, I Remember Nicole

Robert Shapiro / Renee Sotile with Camera

Behind the story

Working as a video-journalist, Renee covered the “Trial of the Century” for over 100 days and never forgot the impact Nicole’s death made on her, and how the domestic violence Nicole endured was all but lost in the circus of the case.

Imprinted in Renee’s mind are the shocked and heartbreaking expressions on the faces of family members she witnessed firsthand.

On October 3, 1995, O.J. Simpson was acquitted of murder charges for the deaths of his ex-wife Nicole, and her friend, Ron Goldman.

“I Remember Nicole is absolutely beautiful and breathtaking! It brought tears to my eyes, my sister Denise, our Mother, and I know to Nicole in Heaven.”  
– Huge Hugs, Tanya Brown, Nicole’s Sister

Message to Educators

Nicole Brown Simpson’s murder put domestic violence in the national spotlight. By saying her name, hearing her name, people recall the impact her death had on them and our nation. A collective memory of  “where we were” when first hearing O.J. Simpson’s wife was murdered in 1994. We recall the scenes of the infamous bronco chase, his arrest, the “Trial of the Century,” and acquittal.
For the generations following Nicole Brown Simpson, her children’s generation and those after, we say her name “Nicole” as a metaphor for domestic violence. “Nicole” is them or someone they know.
They will ensure that there are #NoMoreNicoles in calls to action through this galvanizing song. One of the most effective communication tools to create awareness, spread knowledge and empower.
Their strength at spreading positive messages is like no other. They are the generation that raises awareness across borders. They are the generation that challenges and knocks down boundaries. Together we change laws and minds. #IRememberNicole



Special Thanks: Tanya & Denise Brown
Music Video Funded in part by a grant from: The City of West Hollywood

Community Grant: LA Pride
Fiscal Sponsor: From the Heart Productions
Community Partner: California Families in Focus

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Hollywood Chapter of the National Organization for Women
Women Occupy Hollywood
West Hollywood Women’s Advisory Board

Performers: Hollie Cavanagh and Melodye Perry
Songwriters: Renee Sotile & Mary jo Godges & Pat & Pete Luboff
Song Producer: 6-Time Emmy Winner Peter Fish

Music Video:
Directors: Renee Sotile & Mary jo Godges
Producer: Margarita Sweet
Sign Language Performer: Jody Stevenson
Lyric Signs: The Port of Los Angeles Boys and Girls Club Art Students/Teacher: Beth Elliott
Camera: Sheila Higgins, Mary jo Godges, Renee Sotile
Editor: Renee Sotile
Colorist: Sam Dlugach
Title: Alvin Bowens
Technical Manager & Logo Design: Danielle Elliott