Sam Dawson has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He works at a Starbucks and is obsessed with the Beatles. He has a daughter with a homeless woman; she abandons them as soon as they leave the hospital. He names his daughter Lucy Diamond (after the Beatles song), and raises her. But as she reaches age 7 herself, Sam’s limitations start to become a problem at school; she’s intentionally holding back to avoid looking smarter than him. The authorities take her away, and Sam shames high-priced lawyer Rita Harrison into taking his case pro bono. In the process, he teaches her a great deal about love, and whether it’s really all you need. —IMDb
Director/Producer/Screenwriter Jessie Nelson struck a chord in the hearts of moviegoers with her directorial debut Corrina, Corrina starring Whoopi Goldberg, Ray Liotta and Tina Majorino. She followed the film by co-writing the 1998 box office hit Stepmom starring Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon. Nelson most recently co-wrote and produced with Alan Zweibel The Story of Us, directed by Rob Reiner and starring Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Nelson began her career as an actress in New York working with the Obie Award-winning experimental theater Mabou Mines in Joseph Papp’s Public Theater. She went on to the New York Shakespeare Festival starring opposite Raul Julia in “The Tempest” in Central Park. Brought out to Los Angeles by Columbia Pictures’ talent development program, she went on to act in numerous films and series. Used to the creative collaborative of her New York theater experiences, Nelson co-wrote her first screenplay (about her experiences as a waitress) which… read more