Jessie Nelson (filmmaker)

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Jessie Nelson is an American film producer, director, and screenwriter. She is best known for directing and producing I Am Sam, for which she won the Stanley Kramer Award and the Naguib Mahfouz Award for the Best First or Second Work at the Cairo International Film Festival.

Nelson studied for a time at University of California, Santa Cruz, but left to work with Mabou Mines.[1] She starred in the Shakespeare in the Park production of The Tempest with Raul Julia.[2]

Nelson co-authored the 2011 children's book Labracadabra (ISBN 0670012513) with Karen Leigh Hopkins.

She is married to director Bryan Gordon.


Year Title Notes
1991 To the Moon, Alice Short, writer and director
1994 Corrina, Corrina writer, director, and producer
1998 Stepmom writer
1999 The Story of Us writer and producer
2001 I Am Sam writer, director, and producer
2007 Because I Said So writer and producer
Fred Claus story and producer
2012 Hope Springs producer
2014 Danny Collins producer
2015 Love the Coopers Director, writer
TBA The Most Wonderful Time writer, director, and producer[3]


  1. ^ Hill, Logan. "Hollywood in New York". New York. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Rich, Frank. "Theater: Raul Julia in Park 'Tempest'". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  3. ^ [1]

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