Jane Kaczmarek, C. Thomas Howell, James Lafferty, Aaron Hill, Dale Dickey, Michelle Lang, Jeremy Ratchford, Michael Lawson, Tom Fugedi, Peter Donovan, Michael Patrick McGill and Octavia Spencer
* Best Directors | FirstGlance Film Fest * Best Film | Beverly Hills Film Fest * Best Film | Reelheart Film Fest * Best Film | TrindieFest Film Fest * Best Actress, J. Kaczmarek | H'wood Reel Independent Film Fest
To purchase the film and/or LOP merchandise, visit the film's website. You can also rent the film on Amazon Video (rated 4.7 out of 5 stars).
LOST ON PURPOSE Official Trailer (click image to play)
Fueled by gin and sheer determination, Ms. Liz operates her third generation dairy farm outside the region's domineering co-ops. To help keep the place afloat, she's employed five renegade ranch hands. These boys have put a pin in responsibility and opted to stretch out the party as long as possible. Unfortunately, women, booze, and fisticuffs can only lead to one outcome: trouble. When the dust settles, we realize it's not simply a story about winners and losers or finding your way. It's about purpose: to find what you believe in, through change, through loss, even if it's the small things. Then hold on to it and fight for it, because in the end that's all you have.
"This movie is a true depiction of small town life and small business trials. I thought it was really magical the way it was so real and raw." (Amazon Video; 4.7 out of 5 stars)
“Lost on Purpose combines a brilliant cast, outstanding performances and a beautifully crafted story.” (The Arts Scene)
“…breathtaking views of what small town America is really like." (WorkingAuthor.com)
Waffle Street (2015) - Film Page
Directors: The Nelms Bros. Writers: Eshom Nelms, Ian Nelms, Autumn McAlpin
James Lafferty, Danny Glover, Julie Gonzalo, Dale Dickey, Melanie Stone, Marshall Bell, Michael Flynn, Ernie Lively, Michelle Lang, Katie Crockell, Mason D. Davis
* Best Narr. Feature | H'wood Film Fest * Best Feature, Audience Award | Red Rock Film Fest * Screenwriter Award | Coronado Island Film Fest * Inaugural Andretta Carpe Diem Award | Woodstock Film Fest
WAFFLE STREET Official Trailer (click image to play)
Success isn’t all it’s stacked up to be. Based on a true story. WAFFLE STREET is the true story of Jimmy Adams, a V.P. of a $30 billion hedge fund, who loses his job and winds up working as a waiter at a waffle shop. Amidst the greasy madness of the 24-hour diner, Jimmy befriends Edward, an ex-con grill master who serves up hard lessons about life, finance, and grits.
NETFLIX Reviews “Great true story movie. The business version of ‘Rudy’.”
"THIS MOVIE WAS AMAZING. So much heart. This was the dream. To go through hell but in the end have a wonderful life.”
“For those who have sweated blood and tears to create a successful business, watch this.”'
“An unexpectedly wonderful film that I needed at this moment in my life. Six stars if I could!”
“I loved this movie. It was a treat to see a movie representative of some of the good people in this world.”
“The near five star review piqued my interest…light hearted, funny, and provokes a sense of humanity even in the midst of an existential crisis. A good movie to watch with family and friends."
Small Town Crime (2017)
Writers/Directors: The Nelms Bros.
In 2017, SMALL TOWN CRIME, played at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival and BFI London Film Festival before it was released in theaters across the U.S. on January 19, 2018. The film, which received positive reviews from top critics at the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, and Fandango among others, can now be seen on VOD (DirectTV, iTunes, Amazon Video, and Netflix International Territories). SMALL TOWN CRIME will be released on DVD & Blu-Ray on March 20, 2018 and on Netflix in the U.S. on May 19, 2018.
SMALL TOWN CRIME stars Academy Award® Nominee John Hawkes, Academy Award® Winner Octavia Spencer, Academy Award® Nominee Robert Forster, Emmy Award® Nominee Anthony Anderson, Emmy Award® Nominee Clifton Collins, Jr., Michael Vartan, Don Harvey, Daniel Sunjata, James Lafferty, Jeremy Ratchford, Caity Lotz, Dale Dickey
NEW YORK TIMES — Top “5 Titles to Watch For” (Mekado Murphy), "Mr. Hawkes keeps you tethered, whether he’s navigating the movie’s uneven tones or peeling down one of cinema’s lonely highways in a muscle car so lovingly shot it deserves a co-star credit." (Manohla Dargis)
LOS ANGELES TIMES— "Sharing directing and screenplay chores, brothers Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms have a good ear for the playful neo-noir tone and an equally strong eye for casting..."
VARIETY — "A seriously down-and-dirty crime story with a savage sense of humor.”
ESQUIRE— "Here are the Must Stream Movies January 2018"
ACCESS HOLLYWOOD — "Superb performances! John Hawkes is terrific! Best of the Fest!"
AIN'T IT COOL NEWS — “HOLY SHIT... sometimes... like with SMALL TOWN CRIME you get home runs.”
FILM INQUIRY -- "Audiences are in for a treat with an explosive, shocking, and exhilarating ending to this grindhouse-infused crime yarn dramedy. Small Town Crime delivers the goods with a layered story, enthralling mystery, classic and evocative but innovative action, and a cast and crew devoted to a singular artistic vision, marking the rise of the Nelms Brothers to the big leagues."
BOOM HOWDY — "Shane Black walked into a movie, nodded to the Coen Brothers who were busy wrestling with Quentin Tarantino. This is what Small Town Crime feels like.”
BLACK GIRL NERDS— ""The movie runs at a pace that keeps you engaged from scene-to-scene.”
SILVER SCREEN RIOT— "The Nelms’ script grandstands, summoning soliloquies reminiscent of Pulp Fiction and No Country for Old Men with just as much grit caught between the teeth."
Small Town Crime Official Trailer (2017)
SMALL TOWN CRIME: Exclusive Clip -- "The killer is on the phone." (click image to play)
John Hawkes, Anthony Anderson, Octavia Spencer and Robert Forster lead the cast of SMALL TOWN CRIME, a gritty thriller written and directed by brothers Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms. The pic centers around “Mike Kendall” (Hawkes), an alcoholic ex-cop who finds the body of a young woman and, through an act of self-redemption, becomes hellbent on finding the killer but unwittingly puts his family in danger and gets caught up with several dark characters along the way. The film showcases a deep bench of talented cast members including Clifton Collins Jr, Michael Vartan, Daniel Sunjata, Don Harvey, James Lafferty, Jeremy Ratchford, Caity Lotz and Dale Dickey. Spencer also serves as an executive producer on SMALL TOWN CRIME, which marks the third time she has worked with the Nelms Bros. The film will be distributed by Saban Films in late 2017.
Everyone is Doing Great (2018)
Executive Producers: The Nelms Bros.
"Everyone is Doing Great" is an independent television pilot created, written and directed by James Lafferty, a longtime collaborator of the Nelms Bros. who serve as Executive Producers on this project. "Everyone is Doing Great" will premiere at the 2018 ATX TV Festival in Austin, Texas. The festival runs June 7-10, 2018.
"Everyone is Doing Great"
“Everyone is Doing Great” ("EDG") is an independent television pilot writer/director/actor James Lafferty and writer/actor Stephen Colletti. The half-hour comedy, from executive producers Ian & Eshom Nelms, Michelle Lang and Johnny Derango, follows struggling actors Seth (Colletti) and Jeremy (Lafferty), who enjoyed relative success from “Eternal,” a fictional hit television vampire drama but, five years later, are trying to reclaim their previous level of success and relevance, while awkwardly navigating the perils of life and love amidst a humorously painful coming of age.
Directors: The Nelms Bros.
**Announcement** (February 13, 2018)
Brothers Ian and Eshom Nelms have been tapped to direct the thriller Capture for John Wick production company Thunder Road.
The story centers on a former SFPD officer who is wrongfully accused of being the culprit of a devastating terrorist attack and must race against time to prove his innocence and stop the next bombing. Albert Torres wrote the screenplay, which was developed with Fermion Films.
Along with Thunder Road, Capture will be produced by 3 Arts Entertainment. Basil Iwanyk, Tom Lassally and Erwin Stoff will produce, with Nik Bower and Deepak Nayar’s Riverstone Pictures set to finance. Esther Hornstein will oversee the project for Thunder Road.
For the full announcement by The Hollywood Reporter, click here.