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Sight, Sound & Story's 2021 event series format is now online.  Sight, Sound & Story has delayed its live in-person events (June's Post Summit & November's The Art of Cinematography) until 2022.  Until that time the event series is launching a live online monthly event series.  This series will feature unique guests and subjects that will vary between editing, cinematography, and all aspects of filmmaking. These live events will give attendees a chance to ask questions and even win raffle prizes from our sponsors.  Most importantly, these events will be live and free to the public.

Sight, Sound & Story: Live - Making it Work: From Editor to Director

Moderator: Jeremy Workman (Magical Universe, The World Before Your Feet)

Panelists: Kirsten Johnson, ASC (Dick Johnson is Dead, Cameraperson, CitizenFour) & Nels Bangerter (Dick Johnson is Dead, Cameraperson)

Inside Episode VII:  There can be no more collaborative and intertwined relationship in filmmaking than that between Director and Editor.  In documentary filmmaking this is especially so. Join us for a special conversion with Director Kirsten Johnson and Editor Nels Bangerter as they discuss the creative process of documentary filmmaking within the acclaimed films Dick Johnson Is Dead and Cameraperson; as well as other films.  Creative Director of Wheelhouse Creative and documentary filmmaker Jeremy Workman will help guide the conversation; as well as show examples of Kirsten and Nels work. Jeremy was also an editing collaborator for the dance sequence in Dick Johnson is Dead and edited the trailer for Cameraperson. This is a free online event where attendees will be able to ask questions live!

When: February 25, 2021

Time: 5PM EST / 2PM PST




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Nels Bangerter is an award-winning documentary film editor who previously worked with Kirsten Johnson on Cameraperson, for which he won Best Editing awards from Cinema Eye Honors and the International Documentary Association.  Nels's work also includes Let the Fire Burn, Independent Spirit Awards' Truer Than Fiction Award winner, and winner of Best Editing awards from the IDA, Cinema Eye, and Tribeca Film Festival; the New York Times Critic's Pick The Hottest August; the Emmy-winning Very Semi-Serious; Kumu Hina, winner of PBS’s Independent Lens Audience Award; and War Child, which premiered at the Berlinale and won Tribeca’s Audience Award.  Nels edited the Sundance short documentary Project X, directed by Laura Poitras and Henrik Moltke and starring Michelle Williams and Rami Malek. He has been nominated twice for News and Documentary editing Emmys.

Nels has been an advisor at the Sundance Labs and has shared his experience on panels at Tribeca, Sundance, IDFA, Full Frame, Camden, and True/False Film Festivals.  He has mentored projects for SFFILM, Firelight, True/False/Catapult Film Fund, ESPN/Tribeca Film Institute, BAVC, and Film Independent, and has given presentations for the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship/Sundance D.F.P., IDA's Getting Real Conference, and True/False's Based On a True Story.  Nels was also the editor of the fictional short film Buzkashi Boys, which was produced and edited in Kabul, Afghanistan and nominated for an Academy Award.


Based in Oakland, California, Nels holds an MFA in film production from USC.  Before becoming an editor, he worked at a gold mine, lived in a redwood tree, and earned degrees in English and electrical engineering from Rice University.  He has two terrific kids, ages four and seven.


Kirsten Johnson’s Dick Johnson is Dead premiered at this year’s 2020 Sundance and won the Jury Prize for Innovation in Nonfiction Storytelling.  Since then, it has also won Best Documentary and Best Director for the Critic’s Choice Award and Best Editing and Best Writing from the IDA, as well as being included on dozens of top films of 2020 lists.  Her previous film, Cameraperson, named New York Times ‘Top Ten Films of 2016’ was shortlisted for the Academy Award.  Her short, The Above was nominated for the IDA’s ‘Best Short Award’ for 2016.  Her camerawork appears in Academy Award winner Citizen Four, Academy nominated The Invisible War, and Cannes Winner Fahrenheit 9/11.  She is one of the only 4% of women members of American Society of Cinematographers.


Jeremy  Workman is a documentary filmmaker and award-winning editor. His newest documentary Lily Topples The World - about domino toppling sensation Lily Hevesh - will be premiering at SXSW this March.  In 2018, he made the acclaimed documentary  The World Before Your Feet  (Greenwich Entertainment), which played in theaters in the US and Canada for over 5 months and currently sits at 100% on RottenTomatoes.  His documentary  Magical Universe  (IFC Films) was an  LA Times  and  Village Voice  Critic's Pick when it was released in 2014.  Jeremy is widely-known in the industry as the Creative Director of Wheelhouse Creative, a boutique movie marketing and trailer company that caters to indies and documentaries.   In this capacity, he has edited nearly 200 movie trailers and been twice-nominated for an Emmy.

*All speakers are schedule permitting.


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