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 the suburban South of the not-so-distant past, a former MySpace famous musician turned disgruntled pizza place employee, George, spends a strange night with Deena, a sort-of ex-girlfriend and used-to-be fan.
At the Greenbank Radio Observatory in rural West Virginia, a young radio astronomer listens to the faintest whispers of the universe, in hopes of making the scientific find of the century. But when she becomes involved with a paranoid yet strangely endearing local, she comes to realize there’s more to life than what lies beyond the Milky Way in this romantic comedy/drama.
2018 Tribeca Film Institute Sloan Filmmaker Fund Finalist
2018 Humanitas Prize David and Lynn Angell Comedy Fellowship Nominee
2016 New York Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment Finance Lab Participant
2016 Maine Media Workshop Writing Retreat 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.
2018 Catwalk Artist Residency Recipient
2018 Sundance January Screenwriters Finalist
War is Kind (TV pilot)
An hour-long drama TV pilot script by Ursula Ellis
Set in a large Army community at the start of the Iraq War, WAR IS KIND centers around a high school freshman who must deal with the extreme stress of her father's deployment while coming-of-age on her own terms, discovering punk rock culture as a means of expressing her identity and coping with trauma in this raw, atmospheric teen/family drama.