Daniel A. Nelson | Columbia Journalism School

Daniel A. Nelson

Documentary Fellow


Daniel A. Nelson received his Master's from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in documentary filmmaking in 2016. He recently finished work as a cinematographer and researcher on Oscar-nominated director David France's feature-length documentary THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON. The film explores the suspicious death of Marsha P. Johnson, a woman who put the "T" in LGBT, that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2017. Now he's directing a film about a domestic violence survivor who spent 17 years in prison for shooting and killing her then-boyfriend in self-defense called AND SO I STAYED. His thesis at Columbia was a short documentary called POSTURE about the controversial world of competitive yoga.