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Dylan Nelson

Assistant Professor

Dylan Nelson is co-director and producer of the forthcoming documentary feature Mississippi Messiah. She directed and produced the documentary feature The Hollywood Complex, about aspiring child actors in Los Angeles, which debuted as a Special Presentation at Hot Docs in May 2011, aired on Showtime, and was selected as an iTunes "Movie of the Week." She produced the theatrical documentary Soundtrack for a Revolution, about the music of the civil rights movement, which premiered at the 2009 Tribeca and Cannes Film Festivals, was released theatrically, and aired on PBS’s American Experience. In addition to numerous festival honors, the film was nominated for a Writers Guild Award, a Producers Guild Award, a Grierson Prize, a Humanitas Prize, and three International Documentary Association Awards and was short-listed for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Nelson line- and associate-produced the acclaimed feature documentary Nanking, which won Peabody and Emmy Awards and was also short-listed for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Nanking premiered in competition at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically by ThinkFilm. Nelson's honors include an Emmy nomination and a Producers Guild of America nomination for Producer of the Year in Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures. She is currently working on a documentary feature about doubt, product defense, and climate change for director Robert Kenner (Food, Inc.) and Participant Media.

Regular Classes

Basic Filmmaking
Documentary Form & Filmmaking
Directing the Fiction Film 


  • FM205 – Colorado College Documentary Film Institute: The Colorado Documentary Project

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