Born in Bologna, Italy to American parents, Nelson grew up in Port Washington, New York. After attending Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, Nelson opted for a legal career, graduating from American University Law School in Washington, DC in 1986. Returning to New York, Nelson went on to practice law for many years, receiving particular notoriety for a landmark civil rights case he won in 1991.
Nelson at a shoot for Kulturzeit/ 3sat in Oklahoma City in 2012 and right, at the CINDERELLA MAN scene shoot in NYC in 2009.But Nelson’s interests and passions were evolving. For years, he had been a film junkie, regularly attending New York’s famed art houses, such as Film Forum, the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Anthology Film Archives. In a demonstration that a life can have multiple acts, Nelson opted to make film his new career. He started writing screenplays and attending numerous filmmaking courses at The New School and School of Visual Arts, both based in Manhattan. Nelson’s 2008 narrative short film `Final Position,’ shot on 16 mm, was solicited by the on-line `Culture Unplugged’ festival. In 2010, together with Christine, Nelson participated in the prestigious Documentary Campus Masterschool, attending sessions in Berlin, Graz, Krakow, Munich and Leipzig.
In late 2009 he and Christine met, resulting in a burst of creative energy that has led to their collaboration on numerous television and film projects, and shared life and career in New York and Berlin.
Nelson’s on-line CV is available at IMDB
Nelson takes flight. Production still from `Foam’ 2012-2013