b. 1990, Nuremberg, GE
Ursula Ellis is an LA-based writer/director and recent Columbia University MFA film grad. An Army brat with Appalachian roots, she was born in Germany & raised all over the US, before living in Chicago & New York. She is drawn to character-driven stories that explore gender, class, and agency, set in specific milieus & often with a heightened tone or genre elements.
She has written, directed, and produced many short films, screening at festivals like Fantasia, Denver, Woodstock, Indie Memphis, Cucalorus, and Clermont-Ferrand, and premiering online via Seed&Spark and NoBudge. Her award-winning MFA thesis, CRICK IN THE HOLLER, received an Alfred P. Sloan Production Grant.
Her feature and episodic scripts have been recognized by institutions including the Academy Nicholls Fellowship, Sundance Institute, and Tribeca Film Institute, and her one-hour pilot script, WAR IS KIND, was awarded the Lisa Rubin Award for Best Drama Teleplay and Faculty Selects at the 2019 Columbia University Film Festival.
She also frequently collaborates with other filmmakers & artists on projects, like directing sci-fi short AVA IN THE END, (written/EP'd by Addison Heimann of KAPPA FORCE) and c0-writing a feature script based on the coming-of-age story of genre-defying musician Martha Redbone and produced by Emily McEvoy (RADIUM GIRLS).