b. 1990, Nuremberg, GE
Ursula Ellis is an LA-based director & writer and recent Columbia University MFA film grad. An Army brat with Appalachian roots, she was born in Germany, raised all over the US, and educated in Chicago and New York. While her work traverses genre and tone, she is drawn to specific worlds and character-driven stories.
She has written, directed, and produced many short films, screening at festivals like Woodstock, Indie Memphis, Cucalorus, Citizen Jane, Los Angeles, and Clermont-Ferrand. Her MFA thesis, CRICK IN THE HOLLER, received an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Production Grant, as well as the IFP Audience Choice Award and Faculty Jury Honors at the 2017 Columbia University Film Festival. Her feature and episodic scripts have been recognized by institutions including the Academy Nicholls Fellowship, Humanitas Prize, Sundance Institute, and Tribeca Film Institute.
Most recently, Ursula completed proof-of-concept short, FOR GEORGE ON HIS 30TH BIRTHDAY, starring Michael Esper and Allie Gallerani, which played at the 2018 Denver Film Festival. She also directed sci-fi short AVA IN THE END, written/EP'd by Addison Heimann (KAPPA FORCE), and is developing various long-form projects, including a feature based on the coming-of-age story of genre-defying musician Martha Redbone and produced by Emily McEvoy (RADIUM GIRLS).