Sundance Babes: Women Directors–Cox, Nell

Director Nell Cox is known for her award winning PBS dramas, including “Ghostwriter” (pilot for Children’s Television Workshop series),“The Roommate,” “Konrad,” and a women’s western, “Liza’s Pioneer Diary,” which she also produced and wrote.

She lived in Los Angeles for several years where she directed some prime time dramas including “M*A*S*H,” “Lou Grant,” “The Waltons” and “L.A. Law.” .

Nell Cox started her career in films in New York as a documentary film editor for Time-Life Broadcast which aired their docus on ABC TV in prime time. She worked with the documentary filmmakers Bob Drew, Richard Leacock, Al and David Maysles, Don Pennebaker.

Subsequently she produced and directed some documentaries for her own company, Nell Cox Films, Inc.

In the 1990s she returned from Los Angeles to New York to direct a feature. “Hudson River Blues,” a romantic comedy set in New York.

Living in Kentucky and New York, she has returned to her non-fiction roots. She directed a “Great Performances” (PBS) about the Broadway musical “Jelly’s Last Jam,” a portrait of the jazz great Jelly Roll Morton, and a PBS biography of Pulitzer prizewinning Kentucky playwright Marsha Norman.

She completed two docus in Kentucky, an historical one about one of Kentucky’s founding fathers, John Brown, and a docu about the Kentucky Legislature.