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Dylan Nelson

Assistant Professor

Dylan Nelson is co-director and producer of the forthcoming documentary feature Mississippi Messiah. She co-produced the documentary feature Merchants of Doubt, about the links between Big Tobacco and climate denial, which premiered at the 2014 Telluride Film Festival and is slated for a theatrical release by Sony Pictures Classics in 2014-15.  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 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. 

Regular Classes

Basic Filmmaking

Documentary Form and Filmmaking

The Colorado Documentary Project 

On Location: Hollywood


Directing the Fiction Film

Independent Film, Filmmaking, and the Sundance Film Festival


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