TIM BLAKE NELSON (Samuel Sterns) has appeared in over 30 films including Warm Springs, Meet the Fockers, Holes, The Good Girl, Wonderland, Minority Report and O Brother, Where Art Thou? Nelson was recently seen in the films Syriana, The Amateurs, The Big White, Come Early Morning and Fido.
Nelson’s The Grey Zone, which he wrote and directed, starred Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, Mira Sorvino, David Arquette, Allan Corduner and Natasha Lyonne. The film premiered at the 2001 Toronto International Film Festival and opened in October 2002. The Grey Zone is a dramatic story of the Sonderkommandos, a special squad of Jews who processed corpses in the crematoria at Birkenau. Shot in Bulgaria, The Grey Zone is based on his award-winning play. The National Board of Review (2002) honored The Grey Zone with a “Special Recognition of Films that Reflect the Freedom of Expression.”
Nelson also directed O, a contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello, starring Martin Sheen, Julia Stiles, Josh Hartnett and Mekhi Phifer. O premiered at the 2001 Seattle International Film Festival, where Nelson was awarded Best Director. Nelson wrote and directed the film Eye of God, starring Martha Plimpton, Hal Holbrook and Kevin Anderson, which appeared at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, and was released theatrically in the United States later that year. The film received the top award at the 1997 Seattle International Film Festival, as well as the Tokyo Bronze Prize at the Tokyo Film Festival.