Nemo Allen is an award-winning Colombian American filmmaker from New York City. Drawn to stories featuring marginalized peoples and obscure subjects, Allen’s work has taken him to eleven countries over five continents.
His most recent project, El Bastón (2022), is a documentary short where Nemo traces his late mother’s footsteps to Cauca, Colombia, to complete her unfinished documentary on Indigenous resistance. El Bastón screened at SXSW, DOC NYC, and SIFF, won a Student Award from the National Board of Review, and was shortlisted for a Student BAFTA. Nemo directed, produced, shot, and edited the film.
As a DoP, Allen shoots a variety of documentary, fiction, and commercial projects. His cinematography work on fiction shorts has garnered two additional Student NBR Awards, and has shown at the Morelia International Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, and Melbourne Human Rights Film Festival, among others.
Nemo previously reported on UN Climate Change Negotiations around the world, and worked at Democracy Now!, the daily global news hour with Amy Goodman. He has also taught editing at Hofstra University.
Nemo holds an MFA in Film from The City College of New York, where he worked closely with Alan Berliner, and a BA from Wesleyan University, where he studied literature and dance.