Sara is an Oscar & EMMY Nominated, & International Documentary Association (IDA) Winning documentary filmmaker, and short form docu-editorial storyteller in the tech, finance, beauty, and industrial space. Sara brings her cinematic grit, collaborative spirit, and unique perspectives into her work in ways that elevate a brand’s value and makes a difference in people’s lives.

She is best known for her documentary "Poster Girl,” about the first female gunner in the Iraq War who returns home to battle her demons and the dysfunctional VA system. Her recent film "Women Who Score," celebrates 20 award winning women composers - including Diane Warren, Laura Karpman, and Miriam Cutler - vying to get past the Hollywood gatekeepers.  It was nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award (HMMA) for Best Music Documentary.

Sara digs deep to find beauty through darkness, telling relatable, visceral stories that allow us to walk in someone else’s shoes and transform the human experience. Working with everyday people, Sara is a natural at putting them at ease to share their most intimate selves. Her roots in veritè style filmmaking combined with dynamic imagery have led to her authentic cinematic vision.

Early in her career, Sara received mentorship from her father as a run-n-gun director/DP. Together, they made socio-environmental films while spanning the globe, including a remote peninsula off the coast of Siberia, where a boating accident left them considering a dull life selling insurance. Other adventures include living in a tent for a summer in Alaska where she worked as a sea kayak guide, and she once had to be put in an oxygen tank at 16,000 feet in Tibet.

Living in LA, Sara spends most of her time at sea level with both feet on the ground, unless she’s attempting handstands in yoga. She serves on the board of Warrior Writers.



Sara Nesson snesson@mac.com


Claire Best claire@clairebest.net