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.