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.
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 Humanitas Prize David and Lynn Angell Comedy Fellowship Nominee
2016 New York Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment Finance Lab 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.
War is Kind (TV pilot)
An hour-long drama TV pilot script by Ursula Ellis
In this atmospheric and emotionally raw teen drama series set at the start of the Iraq War, an Army brat freshman must adjust to a new post, high school, and political climate after moving from the bustling East Coast to a desolate Southwestern military town, full of pawn shops, strip malls, and not much else, just as her father is deployed for the first time.
As she navigates the complicated social order of both the Army post and her high school, she begins to discover who she wants to be separate from her upbringing in this coming-of-age story about friendship, family, war, and becoming yourself in the midst of seemingly irreconcilable turmoil.