Nels has shared his experience on festival panels at Tribeca, Sundance, Full Frame, and True/False; and has given presentations for the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship/Sundance D.F.P. and Docs In Progress. He was also editor of BUZKASHI BOYS, an Oscar-nominated fiction short produced and edited in Kabul, Afghanistan. Nels was nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy for his work at DAN RATHER REPORTS, and 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.