Nels Bangerter is an award-winning and Emmy-nominated documentary film editor with over a decade of feature-length experience. His work includes LET THE FIRE BURN, winner of Best Editing awards from the International Documentary Association, Cinema Eye Honors, and Tribeca Film Festival; CAMERAPERSON, which premiered at Sundance and won grand jury awards for Best Documentary at San Francisco International Film Festival, Sheffield, DOXA, and Montclair; HBO’s VERY SEMI-SERIOUS, which was nominated for two Emmys including Outstanding Documentary Editing; KUMU HINA, the ITVS-sponsored 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.
Nels has been an advisor at the Sundance Edit Lab 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. and Docs In Progress. Nels was also the editor of BUZKASHI BOYS, an Oscar-nominated fiction short produced and edited in Kabul, Afghanistan and was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Editing at DAN RATHER REPORTS. He has advised numerous projects as an editorial consultant.
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.