On the set of CRICK IN THE HOLLER with 1st AC Brett Checkelsky and DP Nick Perron-Siegel, December 2016. Photo credit: Mark Romano

Ursula Ellis

b. 1990, Nuremberg, GE

Ursula Ellis is a writer/director and recent MFA graduate in screenwriting from Columbia University. A former Army brat with roots in Appalachia, she is committed to telling stories that explore underrepresented aspects of the American experience.

Her MFA thesis short, CRICK IN THE HOLLER, shot on location in her family home of West Virginia, received an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Production Grant, as well as an IFP Audience Choice Award and Faculty Jury Honors at the 2017 Columbia University Film Festival. The film had its world festival premiere this October at the 2017 Woodstock Film Festival, where it was nominated for best student short. 

Her first feature film script, ANOMALIES, also set in West Virginia, placed in the 2015 Academy Nicholls Fellowship and is currently a nominee for the Humanitas Prize's 2017 David and Lynn Angell College Comedy Fellowship.

Presently Ursula is in post-production on her proof-of-concept short film, FOR GEORGE ON HIS 30TH BIRTHDAY, starring esteemed stage and screen actors Michael Esper and Allie Gallerani, as well as working on various feature and TV pilot scripts.

In addition to her own projects, Ursula worked for two years as the development consultant at CINE MOSAIC, a production company helmed by acclaimed producer Lydia Dean Pilcher, and has taught story structure to 1st years in Columbia's MFA program under the guidance of screenwriter Andy Bienen.