VISALIA – Hollywood director chairs are filled with famed siblings, including the Wachowski brothers (or sisters?) of Matrix fame, and the Cohen brothers, nominated for 13 Academy Awards. And two brothers from Woodlake may be the next siblings to make the short list of sibling director duos.
Woodlake natives Eshom and Ian Nelms released their fifth film, “Small Town Crime,” in January to rave reviews from top critics at the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and The Hollywood Reporter. The film stars an award-winning cast including Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer, Oscar nominees Robert Forster and John Hawkes, and “Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson. Spencer, a longtime friend and champion of the Nelms Brothers, also served as an Executive Producer on the film. The film will make its hometown debut at 6 p.m. on April 19 at the Visalia Fox Theatre.
“We have so many great memories of not only growing up in Tulare County, but returning home to film some of our movies there. It’s an honor to show Lost on Purpose and Small Town Crime at the beautiful Visalia Fox Theatre and we hope that this is only the beginning to even more productions being filmed in Tulare,” said Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms.
In their latest film, Hawkes portrays ex-cop Mike Kendall who discovers the body of a young woman and, in an act of self- redemption, becomes hell bent on finding the killer. While his uncouth and quirky detective style helps break open the case, his dogged determination unwittingly puts his sister (Octavia Spencer) and best friend (Anthony Anderson) in danger. Additional cast members include Robert Forster, Clifton Collins, Jr., Michael Vartan, James Lafferty, Daniel Sunjata, Caity Lotz, Jeremy Ratchford, Don Harvey, Stefanie Scott, Dale Dickey, and Clifton Collins, Jr. For a sneak peak at the film, the trailer can be viewed at: www.nelmsbros.com/smalltowncrime.
“Small Town Crime” will be part of a special double feature on April 19 that will also showcase the Nelms brothers’ award-winning film “Lost On Purpose” (2013), which was filmed in Tulare County in 2011. The evening will also include a Q&A with Eshom and Ian.
“Lost On Purpose” stars Jane Kaczmarek, C. Thomas Howell, James Lafferty, Aaron Hill, Dale Dickey and Octavia Spencer before she went on to win her Academy Award for “The Help.” Upon its release in 2013, the film won several U.S. film festival awards including Best Film, Best Directors, and Best Actress. The Nelms Brothers made “Lost On Purpose” as a love letter to their hometown featuring locales familiar to locals but seen on the big screen for the first time.
Synopsis: Fueled by gin and sheer determination, Ms. Liz (Kaczmarek) 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, you 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. For a sneak peak at the film, the trailer can be viewed at: www.nelmsbros.com/lostonpurpose.
Tickets for the double feature are $5 and can be purchased at foxvisalia.org, by phone 559-625-1369 or at the Visalia Fox Theatre box office at 308 W. Main St. in downtown Visalia.