Hey, I'm James Patrick!

New York, New York

James Patrick Nelson is an award-winning actor/writer based in NYC.

 

He wrote, produced, and starred in the short film "Waking Up," which premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and screened at the OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival in Miami, the aGLIFF / Prism Film Festival in Austin, and Out On Film in Atlanta. He stars in the feature film "Love in Kilnerry," which has won dozens of awards and will soon be released theatrically across the country. He has written two award-winning feature films, and he created the short film "Without Touch," which won an Audience Favorite award on the LGBTQ+ streaming service Dekkoo.

 

He has appeared in numerous Off-Broadway productions, including The Three Sisters with Maggie Gyllenhaal, A Midsummer Night's Dream with Bebe Neuwrith, and Ivanov with Ethan Hawke. He starred in Bedlam's acclaimed production of Sense and Sensibility at the American Repertory Theater and the Folger Theatre, where he and his cast won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Ensemble. He stepped into Bedlam's Off-Broadway hit Pygmalion, and reprised his role in a sold-out run at the Central Square Theatre in Cambridge. He has worked at the Mint Theatre, Signature Center, Flea Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Olney Theatre, American Shakespeare Center, and many others. He most recently starred in the world premiere of Immortal Longings, the final play by Tony-winner Terrence McNally.

 

He is developing the limited series "For Years to Come," as well as three feature screenplays, all focused on LGBTQ+ protagonists.

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

eVil Sublet

New York City, New York Film Feature
Comedy, Horror

A couple finds their dream apartment in New York's east village (the eVil). Who cares if it’s haunted if the rent is cheap, right?

128%

This project got the green light!

The Haunting of Hype House

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Comedy, Horror

When a rowdy social media influencer is possessed by a ghost, his friends discover they might like the spirit more than they like him.

94%

This project got the green light!

Honey & Milk

Austin, Texas Film Short
Drama, LGBTQ

In their final moments as a couple, Grayson & Alice mourn the sweet grief of impermanence as they redefine ideas of gender & domesticity.

143%

This project got the green light!

Did You Know

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama

A young Syrian refugee newly resettled in NYC sets out on her first solo adventure to prove she has what it takes to make it in a new land.

132%

This project got the green light!

Lonely Country

Toronto, Canada Film Short
Drama, LGBTQ

In 1950’s rural Ontario, a closeted gay man is forced to confront his desire when he picks up a handsome, wayward hitchhiker.

148%

This project got the green light!

Hidden Canyons - Season 2

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy, LGBTQ

In this micro-series consisting of one-minute episodes, residents of a small California town navigate modern LGBTQ+ life

82%

This project got the green light!

Marque and Hector turn Trash into Treasure

New York City, New York Series
Comedy, LGBTQ

Marque (an aging gay queen) enlists the help of his dumb-as-a-rock houseboy Hector in his quest for YouTube stardom!

101%

This project got the green light!

Ezra

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, LGBTQ

Ezra, a queer dancer battling a chronic illness, goes on a hiking trip with their boyfriend and finds peace in the outdoors.

92%

This project got the green light!

For Years to Come

Los Angeles, California Series
LGBTQ, Romantic Comedy

A gay man falls in love with his dead mother's hospice nurse, and struggles to reconcile with his father...who's secretly a porn director.

87%

This project got the green light!

FACE ON

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Horror, Thriller

After she's dumped by her serial killer boyfriend, a beauty-obsessed woman goes on a blood-soaked rampage to create the perfect female face.

101%

This project got the green light!

Save The Date

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, Thriller

After a year of radio silence, Isaac is mysteriously invited to old flame Eve's remote wedding.

83%

This project got the green light!

American Morning

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama

After surviving a mass shooting at his elementary school, a teacher resorts to desperate measures to reconcile his guilt and ignite change.

113%

This project got the green light!

When Men Were Men

Dublin, Ireland Film Feature
Drama, LGBTQ

In a heavily religious Irish society, a young actor struggles with gender identity while learning he must let go of his ideas of masculinity

90%

This project got the green light!

First Date

New York City, New York Film Short
Comedy, LGBTQ

A young woman's first date goes awry when her anxiety and self doubt get the better of her.

106%

This project got the green light!

Snapdragon

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, LGBTQ

In order to get out of a psychiatric ward, a depressed teenage girl must uncover the lie her doctor claims she is telling.

80%

This project got the green light!

WAKING UP

New York City, New York Film Short
Comedy, LGBTQ

A young gay man visits his comatose uncle in the hospital, and talks about all the ups and downs of the LGBT experience.

85%

This project got the green light!

Night Waking

Washington, District of Columbia Film Short
Sci-Fi, LGBTQ

In a dark time, what does it mean to protect your children? A science fiction tale from the Rosenbaum siblings.

104%

This project got the green light!

1781 - A SHORT FILM

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, History

Two queer soldiers meet in the woods and explore their desires away from the rules of society & war.

100%

This project got the green light!

Hotline: Digital Series

New York City, New York Series
Drama, LGBTQ

Attorney Hazel Clarke becomes involved at a suicide hotline and begins to look like a murderer after the suspicious death of her sister.

105%

This project got the green light!

Rosalie

New York City, New York Series
Comedy, LGBTQ

After denying herself romance her entire adult life, Rosalie finally admits her truth: she's a lesbian who's never even so much as held hand

90%

This project got the green light!

Kissing Gaia

Quito, Ecuador Film Short
Experimental

Short film about the wild harvest and ecstatic consumption of a sacred psychedelic cactus. Shot in Ecuador under the influence of San Pedro.

103%

This project got the green light!

JEW(ish)

New York City, New York Film Short
Comedy, Family

A dark comedy about a brother and sister who search for the afikomen during their family Passover Seder, but find instead a sinister secret.

95%

This project got the green light!

Chronicles of a BLEEP Year Old Woman

New York City, New York Series
Comedy

She looked delusion in the face and thought, "Yeah, we're gonna get along just fine!"

105%

This project got the green light!

The Duchess of Grant Park

Atlanta, Georgia Film Short
Comedy, LGBTQ

A woman dons a crown and claims Grant Park as her duchy, while a reporter searches to uncover who is the Duchess.

80%

This project got the green light!

When Women Rule The World: GEN XX

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Sci-Fi

In 2070, a politician learns she’d poll better with a family and begrudgingly visits a Grooming School for Husbands for a quick fix.

100%

This project got the green light!

Kansas, 1989

Kansas City, Missouri Film Short
Drama, LGBTQ

The story of a Midwestern teenager on the verge of coming out, and the night of danger that changes the course of his life.

113%

This project got the green light!

Jus Soli

Oakland, California Film Short
Sci-Fi, Thriller

Lisa is called into a seemingly routine government interview but things spiral out of control when an old family secret comes to light.

101%

This project got the green light!

The Blue Fernanda

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Drama

A family of immigrants hiding in a truck at the US border are forced to decide if they can trust an unlikely ally or fend for themselves.

80%

This project got the green light!

You Promise?

Malmö, Sweden Film Short
Drama, Family

A short film about family love, divorce, and fear of change - from a five-year-old's perspective.

138%

This project got the green light!

Birds Fly Home

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Family

When Arab American, Leila, travels from Jordan to Los Angeles to visit her American mother, she is sporting a new accessory: a hijab.

103%

This project got the green light!

Let Me Do Right By You

Austin, Texas Film Short
Drama

A single mother raising her child by herself, must choose to accept help before she loses her mind.

111%

This project got the green light!

Cafard

Toronto, Canada Film Short
Drama, Horror

A man who is unfaithful to his relationship gets the shock of his life when his lies are manifested in a horrible way.

105%

This project got the green light!

Truth, Incorporated

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, Thriller

In a post-totalitarian takeover, a group of rebels must report the news truthfully, while confronting dark secrets of their own.

100%

This project got the green light!

DEATHLY SILENT

Washington, District of Columbia Film Short
Documentary

In an attempt to tell the story of women’s familial struggle in one of the most culturally conservative countries in the world, Misk shares

104%

This project got the green light!

PLEASE HOLD

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Sci-Fi

In the near future, a young Latino man is thrust into a fully automated and privatized jail after he is arrested by mistake.

102%

This project got the green light!

Entitled

New York City, New York Series
Comedy, Drama

Three unhinged children are left an inheritance far beyond their expectations, only to uncover their late father's most scandalous secrets.

116%

This project got the green light!

META

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Horror, LGBTQ

A transboy who unexpectedly gets his period on prom night, and the violent transformation that transpires after.

113%

This project got the green light!

Flock

Bar Harbor, Maine Film Short
Thriller, LGBTQ

Flock is a trans-created dramatic thriller about a man traveling to Maine to rescue his lover from a lethal cult.

93%

This project got the green light!

A Call Above the Clouds

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama

Having received tragic news about her husband’s failed expedition on Mount Everest, Sally(35) tries to go there and save him herself, but i

112%

This project got the green light!

The Whistle - 70s & 80s lesbian youth in Albuquerque, New Mexico

San Francisco, California Film Feature
Documentary, History

We didn't all know each other, but we knew how to find each other.

102%

This project got the green light!

The Letter

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, Comedy

The president of an elite collegiate social club is expelled for its antics. At their Christmas party, she spirals into a mental breakdown.

91%

This project got the green light!

The Last Stop

New York City, New York Series
Drama, Comedy

What happens to those weird and wonderful New York City subway characters after they leave the train?

102%

This project got the green light!

Bite Me

New York City, New York Film Feature
Comedy, Romance

A subversive romantic comedy about a real-life vampire and the IRS agent who audits her

101%

This project got the green light!

The Hunt

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Comedy

In this odd couple, road movie, Darcy and Jack discover that you can lose and find yourself, all without leaving the valley.

84%

This project got the green light!

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