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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.
Nelson helmed a nonfiction film, "My First Time," which brought her to the attention of Chanticleer Films' Discovery Program, a non-profit organization which helped industry professionals direct short fiction films. She wrote and directed "To the Moon Alice" (1990), a fantasy-tinged drama about a homeless family that takes nightly refuge on the empty set of a TV sitcom. Broadcast on cable as a "Showtime 30-Minute Movie," this paved the way to "Corrina, Corrina."
After working on the screenplays to "Stepmom" (1998) and "The Story of Us" (1999), Nelson wrote, produced and directed "I Am Sam" (2001), a slightly treacly tale of a mentally-challenged man seeking custody of his young daughter. The film was most notable for bringing star Sean Penn his third Best Actor Oscar nomination.
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TV debut, co-wrote (with Tolkin) teleplay for "Daniel and the Towers," a PBS WonderWorks presentation
Helmed the award-winning short, "To The Moon Alice," which aired on cable as a Showtime 30-Minute Movie
Worked as 2nd unit director on the Tolkin directed "The Price of Life," part of <i>Triple Play II</i> an installment of PBS's "American Playhouse"
Feature debut as producer, screenwriter, and director, "Corrina, Corrina"
Co-wrote the Susan Sarandon and Julia Roberts drama, "Stepmom"
Co-wrote the Rob Reiner directed, "The Story of Us"
Co-wrote and directed "Sam I Am" starring Sean Penn as a mentally retarded fighting for custody of his 7-year-old daughter
Co-wrote the comedy "Because I Said So" starring Diane Keaton