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 the jury awards for Best Documentary at San Francisco International, Sheffield, DOXA, and Montclair film festivals; HBO’s VERY SEMI-SERIOUS, which premiered at Tribeca and won Best Bay Area Documentary at SFIFF; 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 is a 2016 Sundance Institute Lab Creative Advisor, and has shared his experience on festival panels at Tribeca, Sundance, Full Frame, and True/False; has mentored projects for the Fine Cuts program, 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. He has two terrific kids, ages zero and three.