BETH NELSEN IS A DOCUMENTARY STORYTELLER AND FREELANCE VIDEO MAKER.
On a personal note, Beth Nelsen has known for a very long time that she was not like the other girls. Born to a young teen who could not keep her, Beth was adopted by a couple of stellar white people who longed for a baby to call their own. A quiet and shy child who often had her differences pointed out by her classmates, Beth survived her childhood, blossoming into the tangible proof that you never know where life will take you!
After flying out of the closet, Beth became an undergraduate at UCLA, where she landed a position writing script coverage at Atlas Entertainment on Sunset Boulevard under the late Dawn Steel, the first woman to ever head a major motion picture company (Columbia Entertainment). Yearning to see beyond California, Beth later discovered her love of documentary while undertaking an internship with Oscar winner Lee Grant at her company Feury Grant Entertainment in New York City in 2001, where she was quickly promoted to Production Associate. Eager to see even more of the world, Beth left the US in 2004 to travel Thailand, India, and eventually landed in Melbourne, Australia, where she earned her Master of Arts in Film & Television, focusing on Directing Documentary, from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) at the University of Melbourne. Upon graduation in 2007, Beth earned Most Promising Director for her thesis project, LOVE REFUGEES.
Beth's hit feature, which she co-directed with Ana Grillo, CAMP BEAVERTON: MEET THE BEAVERS toured the world and is now available on Amazon. The film has had over one millon online views. (Have to brag a little!) Most recently she has been brought on board to edit AT YOUR CERVIX, a documentary by Sexual Empowerment Coach Amy Jo Goddard, to uncover the unethical ways in which medical students learn gynecology & promote women's health. In true multi-tasking form, she is also developing “Pancha’s,” a documentary which chronicles the only dive bar in America’s otherwise prestigious Wine Country.
Beth’s mom would tell you she fights for the underdog. Ultimately, Beth is a filmmaker whose passions include the wide umbrella of social impact, Indigenous history, trauma theory, and anything personal, all captured and expressed through multi-layered storytelling.