After graduating from Brown University with a joint degree in Urban Studies and Architecture, Nelson began his career in filmmaking working on documentaries for Discovery Channel, History Channel and PBS’s NOVA. His first film, iThemba|Hope, aired on Sundance Channel in 2005. Nelson has worked as visiting instructor of filmmaking at Tibet University in Lhasa and is a contributor to the Tibetan & Himalayan Library. His most recent film, Lumo, made its television debut as part of the P.O.V. series on PBS. Nelson holds an MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University School of the Arts and is a Project Director at the Maysles Institute.