During West Virginia's 2014 Elk River chemical spill, a first-generation college student charged with the care of her rebellious younger sister instead becomes consumed by an issue with their water supply in this ecological thriller.
In rural West Virginia, radio astronomers seek the answers to the universe's most complex question at the Green Bank Radio Observatory in the National Radio Quiet Zone. Post-doctoral candidate AURORA MCGILL, 32, is relentlessly pursuing the study of FBRs, or fast radio bursts, in the hopes of making a breakthrough discovery as to what the nature of FBRs may be -- either some galactic body like a neutron star or, nearly but not totally impossible, evidence of extraterrestrial life.
However, her research it interrupted by local survivalist LYLE BARROWS, 45, who believes that someone (or something) is violating the terms of the NRQZ and contaminating his honey bee population with electromagnetic radiation. Aurora humors Lyle out of compassion, and the two unexpectedly become close, despite their clear differences.
But, when his bees' health continues to decline, Lyle takes matters into his own hands to disastrous consequences. It's up to Aurora to mitigate the damage, but when she misses out on a major development in her research due to Lyle's antics, she must figure out a way to solve his problem in earnest or risk losing her career along with their relationship, in this science-based romantic dramedy about science versus survival, progress versus stagnation, and the unlikely companionship, respect, and love that can arise between two diametrically opposed oddballs.
2017 Humanitas Prize David and Lynn Angell Comedy Fellowship Nominee
2016 New York Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment Finance Lab Participant
2015 Scriptapalooza International Screenwriting Competition Quarterfinalist
Violence in the Blood
A feature film script by Ursula Ellis
When a young academic returns to her family home of West Virginia for her grandfather's funeral, a strange older woman tasks her with solving a cold-case murder in her own family.
But the more she digs into her family's dangerous past, the more her obsession in the present threatens to consume her in this Southern Gothic psychological thriller.
War is Kind (TV pilot)
An hour-long drama TV pilot script by Ursula Ellis
In this atmospheric and emotionally raw teen drama series set at the start of the Iraq War, an Army brat freshman must adjust to a new post, high school, and political climate after moving from the bustling East Coast to a desolate Southwestern military town, full of pawn shops, strip malls, and not much else, just as her father is deployed for the first time.
As she navigates the complicated social order of both the Army post and her high school, she begins to discover who she wants to be separate from her upbringing in this coming-of-age story about friendship, family, war, and becoming yourself in the midst of seemingly irreconcilable turmoil.