Nels Bangerter is an award-winning documentary film editor. His work includes CAMERAPERSON, which premiered at Sundance and won grand jury awards for Best Documentary at San Francisco International Film Festival, Sheffield, Camden, and Montclair; LET THE FIRE BURN, winner of Best Editing awards from the International Documentary Association, Cinema Eye Honors, and Tribeca Film Festival; HBO’s Emmy-winning VERY SEMI-SERIOUS; KUMU HINA, winner of the GLAAD Media Award for Best Documentary and PBS’s Independent Lens Audience Award; and WAR CHILD, which premiered at Berlin and won Tribeca’s Audience Award. He has been nominated twice for News and Documentary editing Emmys.
Nels has been an advisor at the Sundance Labs and has shared his experience on panels at Tribeca, Sundance, Full Frame, and True/False Film Festivals. He has mentored projects for True/False/Catapult Film Fund and S.F. Rough Cuts, and has given presentations for the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship/Sundance D.F.P., IDA's Getting Real Conference, and D.C.'s Docs In Progress. Nels was also the editor of the fictional short film BUZKASHI BOYS, which was produced and edited in Kabul, Afghanistan and nominated for an Academy Award.
Based in Oakland, California, Nels holds an MFA in film production from USC. Before becoming an editor, he worked in a gold mine, lived in a redwood tree, and earned degrees in English and electrical engineering from Rice University. He has two terrific kids, ages zero and three.