Jessie Nelson

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
New York theater performer made her Hollywood feature debut as the producer, writer, and director of "Corrina, Corrina" (1994), a warm family comedy-drama set in the American South in the late 1950s. Nelson began as an ... Read more »

Filmography

Writer (10)

We Are Family 2010 (Movie)

(from original screenplay: "Stepmom") (Source Material)

Because I Said So 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fred Claus 2007 (Movie)

(Story By)

Earth to America! 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Writer

I Am Sam 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Story of Us 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Stepmom 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Chicago Hope 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

From Story

Corrina, Corrina 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Daniel and the Towers (TV Show)

Writer
Producer (8)

Danny Collins 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Love the Coopers 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hope Springs 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Because I Said So 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fred Claus 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

I Am Sam 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Story of Us 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Corrina, Corrina 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (6)

The Story of Us 1999 (Movie)

Realtor (Actor)

Hogg's Heaven 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

So I Married An Axe Murderer 1993 (Movie)

Ralph (Actor)

The Switch 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Tucker: the Man and His Dream 1988 (Movie)

Woman on Steps (Actor)
Director (5)

Love the Coopers 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

I Am Sam 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Corrina, Corrina 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

The Price of Life 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Director

To the Moon, Alice (TV Show)

Director

Biography

New York theater performer made her Hollywood feature debut as the producer, writer, and director of "Corrina, Corrina" (1994), a warm family comedy-drama set in the American South in the late 1950s. Nelson began as an actress performing with the acclaimed experimental theater group Mabou Mines. She went on to work with Raul Julia in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of "The Tempest" in Central Park as well as appearing in various NY productions before moving to L.A. Eventually growing frustrated with the paucity of worthwhile female roles, Nelson turned to screenwriting with her partner Stephen Tolkin. Finding that her control over her work was still limited, she decided to become a director.

Relationships

Bryan Gordon

Husband

Molly Gordon

Daughter
born c. 1996

EDUCATION

University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz , California
dropped out after about six months

Milestones

2007

Co-wrote the comedy "Because I Said So" starring Diane Keaton

2001

Co-wrote and directed "Sam I Am" starring Sean Penn as a mentally retarded fighting for custody of his 7-year-old daughter

1999

Co-wrote the Rob Reiner directed, "The Story of Us"

1998

Co-wrote the Susan Sarandon and Julia Roberts drama, "Stepmom"

1994

Feature debut as producer, screenwriter, and director, "Corrina, Corrina"

1991

Worked as 2nd unit director on the Tolkin directed "The Price of Life," part of Triple Play II an installment of PBS's "American Playhouse"

1990

Helmed the award-winning short, "To The Moon Alice," which aired on cable as a Showtime 30-Minute Movie

1987

TV debut, co-wrote (with Tolkin) teleplay for "Daniel and the Towers," a PBS WonderWorks presentation

Began writing screenplays with Stephen Tolkin

Directed a documentary entitled "My First Time"

Accepted into the prestigious AFI Chanticleer program

Worked nine years as a waitress in NYC

Acted with the experimental theater company Mabou Mines

Moved to L.A.

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