Jessie Nelson biography
Starting her career in theatre as an actress, Nelson took part in
experimental theatre at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre.
performances in The Tempest, Green Card and Another Part in
the Forest in the New York Shakespeare Festival, Nelson was invited to Los
Angeles by Columbia Pictures and she started to work in television and film.
Finding few roles that interested her, Nelson started to write scripts.
began with the documentary, My First Time, and the door to the AFI
Chanticleer program (a non-profit organization which helped industry
professionals direct short fiction films) was opened to her.
advantage of the program, she went on to write and direct To the Moon,
Alice for television.
In 1994, Nelson wrote and directed her first full-length feature, Corrina,
Corrina starring Whoopi Goldberg and Ray Liotta. Despite a generally
pleased critic population, the film failed to garner much interest in the
Nelson marched on, writing two more features, Stepmom
(1998) and The Story Of Us (1999) before the end of the 20th century.
She returned to directing again with her screenplay I Am Sam in 2001.
Married to filmmaker Brian Gordon, Nelson lives in Los Angeles with their
daughter, Molly June Gordon.
Jessie Nelson Filmography
Corrina, Corrina (1994)