Broadway Restaurant, UWS, Manhattan, 2015. Photo by Emerson Nosek.

Broadway Restaurant, UWS, Manhattan, 2015. Photo by Emerson Nosek.

Ursula Ellis

b. 1990, Nuremberg, GE

Ursula Ellis is a writer/director, recent LA transplant, and Columbia MFA film grad. A recovering Army brat born in Germany, raised throughout the South, Midwest, and East Coast, educated in Chicago and New York, and with roots in Appalachia, she is committed to telling stories that explore underrepresented aspects of the American experience.

She has written, directed, and produced numerous 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 script, ANOMALIES, placed in several screenwriting competitions, including the Academy Nicholls Fellowship, was nominated for the Humanitas Prize's David and Lynn Angell College Comedy Fellowship, and was most recently a 2018 Tribeca Film Institute Sloan Filmmaker Fund finalist. 

Currently, Ursula is in post-production on her proof-of-concept short film, FOR GEORGE ON HIS 30TH BIRTHDAY, starring stage & screen actors Michael Esper (FX's TRUST, A BEAUTIFUL MIND, FRANCES HA) and Allie Gallerani (THE INSTITUTE, AN IRRATIONAL MAN, PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN), directing projects for hire (including the sci-fi short AVA IN THE END, written and executive produced by Addison Heimann of KAPPA FORCE, currently in post-production,), and developing various feature and TV pilot scripts.