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Nellie Bellflower founded the NYC-based independent film production company Keylight Entertainment in 2001. Keylight continues to develop feature projects.
Three years prior to forming Keylight, she had optioned the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan, by Allan Knee; she subsequently commissioned David Magee to script the screen adaptation. As producer of the retitled Finding Neverland (with Richard Gladstein), Ms. Bellflower was nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, and the Producers Guild of America Award. The film, directed by Marc Forster, received many other honors and accolades around the world.
Ms. Bellflower began her industry career as an actress in film and television. In the early 1990s, she began directing plays in Los Angeles and then New York. Her first NYC show was Women in Heat, which she staged at the West Bank Café's Downstairs Theater. This was followed by her staging of Doris Davis' Summer Share, at Theater Row.
She produced and directed a series of stagings of new works, under the umbrella title "Champagne & Sunset," at the John Drew Theater in East Hampton, NY's Guild Hall. Spotlighting both new and established playwrights, the series was a premiere showcase for works by Christopher Durang, Tom Dulack, Murray Schisgal, Ron McLarty, and the aforementioned Allan Knee and David Magee.