The NELMS Brothers


Eshom Nelms (L) and Ian Nelms (R) -- Photo: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images


THE NELMS BROTHERS (, filmmakers Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms, grew up in central California waging two hundred man G.I. Joe wars and dreaming in John Ford landscapes. Though their evolving passions temporarily took them in different directions - Ian first went to college on a wrestling scholarship, along the way discovering an interest for English Literature, and Eshom pursued an education in fine art, but then found the illustration of comic books betters suited to his tastes - the two would always find themselves returning to their love of film. While Ian has produced various projects independently and Eshom has worked as a professional storyboard artist for over a decade, the two always write and direct as a duo. Together, they have written and directed numerous award-winning and critically-acclaimed feature films. With each of their endeavors completely different from the last, the Nelms Brothers are known for their unique ability to traverse from one genre to another, seamlessly and successfully, from drama to comedy to thrillers.

Their 2013 film, LOST ON PURPOSE, was a heartfelt coming-of-age drama that received numerous festival awards including An Award for Best Directors and 3 Awards for Best Film. Their 2015 feature, WAFFLE STREET, was a comedic turn based on an autobiographical memoir, which went on to win Best Narrative Feature and Screenwriter Awards across the U.S. Their most recent film, 2017’s SMALL TOWN CRIME, a crime thriller, was showcased at SXSW and BFI London Film Festival before its January 2018 theatrical release, upon which it received positive reviews from the New York Times, Los Angeles Times Variety, Newsweek, The Hollywood Reporter and Rolling Stone among others. Now the film can be seen on DVD, blu-ray, DirectTViTunesAmazon, and Netflix worldwide.

In 2018, the Nelms Brothers executive produced their first television series, “Everyone is Doing Great,” which was created by their longtime collaborator, James Lafferty, as well as actor Stephen Colletti. In Summer 2018, the pilot screened at renowned festivals around the world including ATX (Austin) TV Festival, New York TV Festival, Kansas City Film Festival, Monte Carlo TV Festival, SeriesFest in Denver where James and Stephen took home the Best Comedy Writers Award and Mammoth Film Festival where the show won the Best TV Episodic Award. After a successful crowdfunding campaign, the team was able to independently finance a full season - a total of 8 episodes for a complete Season 1, which was shot in Fall/Winter 2018. The series is currently in post-production. Eshom and Ian are also developing a thriller/sci-fi TV series with another longtime collaborator, Academy Award® Winner Octavia Spencer.

In addition to their new TV ventures, the Nelms Brothers have three feature films in development. The are attached to direct the thriller CAPTURE for Thunder Road, the production company behind the successful JOHN WICK franchise, which has garnered over $260 Million worldwide; they are writing CARRIE AND ME, a film based on the life of Carol Burnett for Focus Features, which will be produced by Carol Burnett, Tina Fey and Steven Rogers, and they will soon direct FATMAN, starring Mel Gibson, based on their original script.


Talent Agency: ICM Partners | Spencer Baumgarten, Daniel Cohan - (310) 554-4000
Management Firm: IF Artists Management | Ilene Feldman - (424) 384-7444
Management Firm: LBI Entertainment | Sam Warren - (310) 775-8624
Attorney: Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner & Gellman | Todd Rubenstein - (310) 319-3900
Publicist: Ngoc Nguyen PR | Ngoc Nguyen - (323) 207-5373 (LA) / (917) 740-0707 (NY)

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