Tristen Bakker is a documentarian, editor and musician based in Berlin, Germany. Currently she is focusing on written-word editing, working as a copy-editor and proofreader for the international documentary magazine Modern Times Review, Norway’s NY TID and various NGO’s in Berlin.
Tristen creates documentary and music based films and is doing reviews, interviews, photos and video documentation of musicians, music events, documentary films and anything else that strikes a chord. She has completed a few experimental documentaries including Tempelhof, They Want Your Heart and Vexations, and a portrait documentary Adrian.
Musically, Tristen is a founding member of the noise/sound collective Otolitos, which has several releases and tours in Europe regularly. She has a solo project Cousin Jane in which she writes and performs. She was also bass player and vocalist in the now defunct noise/prog band PARO.
Having a long career in picture editing, Tristen is a graduate of the York University Film and Video Program and the film residency Editor’s Lab at the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto, Canada. After arriving in Berlin in 2010, she was invited to participate in the Berlinale Talent Campus.
Tristen specialises in story crafting, portrait and music related work. She edited the feature fiction film At Home, By Myself, With You which garnered many positive critical reviews. Her second feature was the documentary on b-boying All Out War, which was selected to premiere at NXNE and was broadcast on CBC Television.
Over the last 20 years Tristen has edited many short fiction and documentary shorts including The Hunt, A Small Thing, Shaolin Sisters and Crad Kilodney.
For television and web Tristen has edited the series Sex + Religion broadcast on Vision TV, the web-TV documentary series City Sonic and ArtStars*, the Rawside of… Gracer on the Independent Film Channel, the TSN TV show Motoring, She’s So Funny for WTN, and dozens of others.