Don Bernier | About
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Don Bernier

Don Bernier is an Emmy-nominated documentary film editor. Currently, he is working on the ITVS-funded Always in Season, a cross-generational look at lynching in America. Most recently, Bernier cut Charm City for Big Mouth Productions in NYC, which premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. In 2016, Bernier edited Participant Media’s An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (Paramount Pictures), which opened the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and was one of fifteen feature documentaries short-listed for a 2018 Academy Award. Bernier’s editing credits also include Audrie & Daisy (Netflix), which had its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival; The Genius of Marian (POV/PBS), which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival; the Peabody Award-winning bio, Eames: The Architect and the Painter (American Masters/PBS); and The Botany of Desire (PBS), based on author Michael Pollan’s best-selling book. Additionally, he has been a contributing editor on numerous award-winning documentaries, including The Overnighters, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. He began his editing career at David Grubin Productions in New York, cutting several episodes of the Emmy-award winning PBS series, The Mysterious Human Heart and The Jewish Americans. During the last decade, Bernier’s work has screened internationally on the National Geographic Channel, Netflix, Showtime, HBO, PBS and numerous other venues. Bernier also works regularly as an editorial consultant, and is a Sundance Institute Documentary Edit and Story Lab Fellow. In 2017, Don was invited to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Documentary Branch.


When he’s not editing other people’s films, Bernier is sometimes at work on his own. His directorial work has screened at Slamdance, Los Angeles Film Festival, Independent Film Festival of Boston, and San Francisco International Film Festival, among others. His 2005 documentary feature, In a Nutshell: A Portrait of Elizabeth Tashjian, was nominated for an IFP Gotham Award and won a Crystal Heart Award at the Heartland Film Festival.


Bernier received a BFA at Kansas City Art Institute before going on to earn a graduate degree in media study at SUNY-Buffalo. He lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, artist Tina Erickson… and world’s best cat, Arbus.