Nick Pernisco was born and raised in Santa Monica, California, surrounded by the film industry. It is no wonder then that he eventually decided to major in film in college, and later obtain a masters in screenwriting before founding his own company, Carmelina Films. In the first few years out of college, Nick would go on to produce documentaries, television programs, and educational videos before retiring in 2011 due to being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and the disability that followed. In 2018 he had brain surgery, which has given him a new lease on life, so he decided to come out of retirement and focus on producing meaningful fiction films in Amsterdam, New York, and Washington State. His first film in a decade is a short entitled Love Letter, in which he briefly illustrates the battle with addiction. Nick lives in the Seattle area.