Still from Some Beasts, directed by Cameron Bruce Nelson

Current Student Cameron Bruce Nelson's Film Out on DVD

February 8, 2019

Headshot of Cameron Bruce NelsonCurrent student Cameron Bruce Nelson’s first feature, Some Beasts, is available for purchase on DVD.  


Some Beasts follows Sal Damon, a modern-day Thoreau, as he works in an insular farming community in Appalachia, seeking solace from a past relationship. After a sudden death in the community and the discovery of a feral child living on the lam, Sal must reconcile his place in a world that lives outside of the law.


The Dallas Observer called the film, “A must see… Some Beasts reminds me of early David Gordon Green films… lost and deeply flawed characters living in a hole-in-the-wall location most of the world has forgotten about.” While Hammer to Nail said, “... Regional films with this sort of depth and artistry are a welcome addition to the canon of American independent cinema, and in a culture where everything is in danger of being co-opted, sorely needed.” Dallas CultureMap said the film is, “A realistic look at the life of a modern-day organic farmer including all its beauty as well as its many tribulations… Some Beasts cinematically showcases the breathtaking landscape of rural America... the land itself becomes as much a character as the people who inhabit it.”


Some Beasts was chosen to participate at the IFP Narrative Labs, the U.S. in Progress-Wroclaw, and received an Austin Film Society post-production grant. It went on to win the Special Jury Award for Cinematography at the Dallas International Film Festival, Programmer's Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Virginia Film Festival, Jury Award for Narrative Feature at Knoxville Film Festival, the Ron Tibbett Excellence in Filmmaking Award & Best Poster Design at IndieMemphis, and Independent Visions Award - Outstanding Performance for Frank Mosley at the Sarasota Film Festival.


Cameron Bruce Nelson is a writer and director living in New York City. He is a graduate of Black Factory Cinema's workshop with Abbas Kiarostami and is currently pursuing an MFA in Screenwriting/Directing at Columbia University's School of the Arts, where he was awarded a Janowsky Screenwriting Fellowship. His producing credits include Frank Mosley's Her Wilderness and Daniel Laabs' Jules of Light and Dark, which was the recipient of the SFFILM/Kenneth Rainin Filmmaking Grant in 2017. Nelson is currently working on four short films as the writer, director and editor, The Center of the World, The Ostrich, Denmother (Co-written with Waleed Alqahtani), and Pretender, and is serving as Creative Producer on Frank Mosley's '67 Thunderbird.