Bruce Nelson

Actor/Filmmaker who creates documentaries and feature films for a multi-generational culturally diverse population which, are historical; they touch your heart and challenge your moral compass.


Past Projects:

Raglin Tales Short Film


Melva, Preston, and Sista take a shortcut through the park where neighborhood locals confront them; the kids defend their family name. Then head off the granny raglin’s house for cinnamon rolls but instead discover the secret about the “Hangin’ Man.

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North Town Documentary


North Town explores the once segregated black community in Mesa, Arizona from in the early 1900’s to the 1980’s. North Town has become known as Washington–Escobedo Park Neighborhood. Mesa, Arizona is the home of the Mesa Mormon Temple, Chicago Cubs Spring Training Camp, thriving Citrus Groves, and at one time Mesa was part Cotton capital of Arizona and World Wide, which, was celebrated each year with the King of Kotton Karnival Parade. During this documentary we will examine this small community and visit with some of the residents past and present to discover their experiences and connection to the national Civil Rights Movement, professional sports, politics, churches, and racism in Mesa, Arizona and America.
Running Time: 65 minutes.

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Porch Stories Book

Top Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars Great stories about growing up poor but rich in family and character n Phoenix.

By Maxine on May 24, 2016

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Bruce’s childhood stories weave a blanket of interesting characters that comfort one as well as stir one’s desire to meet them and ask them for more. My parents are both from farm families of 15 kids each. Dad from a tobacco farm. I have known a little of this life my early years, before my dad started building houses. so these stories hit home in some ways. Especially the tales my father and mother tell. I liked especially the story about the old Indian man and the kids’ obvious love of Granny Raglin.

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Gospel Radio Man Documentary


Ninety-two year old Larkins is the oldest living active African American DJ announcer in the USA, and still going strong. For forty-five years Bro Fred Larkins Slow Train Radio Gospel Musical Review has made an indelible impact on the Black community in the Greater Phoenix Area, Los Angeles, and in the state of Arizona. His radio gospel music review show has provided inspiration during difficult times; as well as a format for African American business owners to advertise, network and inform the community about current political and social events.

Nile Theater Documentary

The Nile Theater opened in 1924, as a “For Whites Only” theater it was owned by Menhennet, Nace, and Rickards as the prim-ere movie and live venue in Arizona. It hosted talkie films, silent short films, minstrel shows, vaudeville companies, and local community performances. The Nile was segregated around the early to mid-1930’s. Now under the management of the Mantooth Group, the new Nile Theater is shamelessly taking the Arizona music scene by storm. Historically known for its voracious appetite for memorable hardcore, punk, metal, and rock shows, the “World Famous” Nile Theater is streaming precious life-blood into the desert one incredibly kick-ass show at a time. Your music. Your venue. Our community. Own it

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