ASC Welcomes Arlene Nelson as a New Member

The cinematographer’s work includes the feature A Mighty Wind and docuseries Secrets of Playboy and Home Sweet Home.

New ASC member Arlene Nelson has worked behind the camera on features and television series as well as award-winning documentaries and commercials. Though she is based in Los Angeles, her work has brought her to every continent, including the Antarctic Peninsula.

Arlene Nelson, ASC

Nelson’s documentary work includes the features This Is Paris; Hello, Privilege. It’s Me, Chelsea; The Big Uneasy; Valentine Road; and Sunset Strip, as well as the docuseries Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil; Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult; This Giant Beast That is the Global Economy; Ted Bundy: Falling for a Killer; and Ugly Delicious. For her camerawork on the American Masters documentary segment “Troubadours: Carole King/James Taylor & the Rise of the Singer-Songwriter,” Nelson was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming.

Her narrative feature work includes director Christopher Guest’s A Mighty Wind as well as A Sort of Homecoming and For the Love of George, both directed by Maria Burton.

Nelson’s recent work includes the A&E docuseries Secrets of Playboy and Ava DuVernay’s NBC docuseries Home Sweet Home.

In addition to her work behind the camera, Nelson has guest lectured at USC, UCLA and SFSU and serves on the International Advisory Board for Global Girl Media, a digital journalism platform dedicated to empowering young women.


Complete details on the 15 founding members of the ASC can be found here.

A complete list of all active ASC members — since 1919 — can be downloaded here.

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