Don Bernier is an Emmy-nominated documentary film editor. Currently, he is editing a feature-length doc about polar explorer Will Steger and his lifelong quest to raise awareness about Antarctica’s vital role in climate change. Most recently, Bernier edited Athlete A (Netflix) for Actual Films, which had its world premiere at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival. In 2018, he cut Always in Season, which won a Special Jury Award at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Bernier’s editing credits also include Charm City (Independent Lens/PBS), which premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and was shortlisted for a 2019 Academy Award; the Oscar shortlisted An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (Paramount Pictures), which opened the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and premiered internationally at the Cannes Film Festival; 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; and the Peabody Award-winning bio, Eames: The Architect and the Painter (American Masters/PBS). Additionally, he has been a contributing editor on numerous award-winning documentaries, including The Overnighters, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Bernier also works regularly as an editorial consultant, is a Sundance Institute Documentary Edit and Story Lab Fellow, is currently a BAVC MediaMaker Mentor and serves on the SFFILM Makers Mentor Advisory Board. 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.