Directing a new project in LA, Nov '17!

Ursula is delighted to be directing a new short film project in Los Angeles next month entitled AVA IN THE END, written and produced by Addison Heimann, and with cinematography by Travis Labella, both fellow Northwestern undergrad alums!

Ava in the End is a dark comedy short that tells the story of a Chicago actress in her late-twenties who wakes up in a computer after having died in an extremely dumb way. She's now somewhere in the Cloud, stuck with a particularly annoying computer as she waits for her mind to be downloaded into a new animatronic body.

But unbeknownst to her, there is no world anymore. Nuclear apocalypse is upon us and with the cloud destroyed, she is trapped inside the hard drive of a computer that is now minutes away from running out of battery.

Ursula is thrilled to be a part of such a fun, funny, and existential, Millenial angst wrought project! Look forward to more updates as we head into production next month!

 

Crick in the Holler Festival Premiere & Updates!

We're thrilled to announce that Crick in the Holler will have it's world festival premiere at the Woodstock Film Festival in Woodstock, NY on October 14th & 15th! To buy tickets to either the 10 pm Saturday or 3:45 pm Sunday screening, click here. 

Ursula, producers Ben Gojer and Emerson Nosek, actor Chloe Roe, editor Russell Yaffe, and several other members of the cast and crew will be in attendance, so join us if you can! It's sure to be an incredible experience.

We have more festival screenings to announce shortly and can't wait to share Crick in the Holler with new audiences around the US and abroad! Stay tuned for more updates soon, we're excited to see where this film will travel and honored by all of the interest we've received thus far!

Ursula and producer Emerson Nosek were happy to attend the Woodstock Launch Party at Libations in NYC with fellow Columbia grad filmmakers Eric Schuman, Willy Berliner, and Iesh Thapar! Photo credit: John Mazlish (www.johnmazlishfineart.com)

Ursula and producer Emerson Nosek were happy to attend the Woodstock Launch Party at Libations in NYC with fellow Columbia grad filmmakers Eric Schuman, Willy Berliner, and Iesh Thapar! Photo credit: John Mazlish (www.johnmazlishfineart.com)

Anomalies Nominated for a David and Lynn Angell Comedy Fellowship!

We are delighted and honored to announce that Ursula's feature script ANOMALIES has been chosen as one of Columbia University's nominees for the Humanitas Prize's 2017 David and Lynn Angell Comedy Fellowship! 

We'll find out more towards the end of the year, but, in the meantime, check out more information about the fellowship here!

Crick in the Holler NYC Premiere at Lincoln Center!

CRICK IN THE HOLLER, Ursula's Columbia MFA thesis & Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Production Grant film, premiered on May 11th at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center in NYC, as a part of the 2017 Columbia University Film Festival! Many thanks to the cast, crew, family, and friends who were able to attend the event.

We were lucky to be awarded both an IFP Audience Choice Award and Faculty Jury Honors! A well-earned congratulations to the incredibly talented cast and crew -- we can't wait to begin the festival process with this timely and relevant film and see where it can go!

Also -- check out our CUFF filmmaker page and interview here!

(Ursula and the other IFP Audience Choice Award winners accepting their awards from IFP Program Manager & Producer, Zach Mandinach, at the 2017 Columbia University Film Festival.)

(Ursula and the other IFP Audience Choice Award winners accepting their awards from IFP Program Manager & Producer, Zach Mandinach, at the 2017 Columbia University Film Festival.)

Crick in the Holler Open Casting Call in WV!

Ursula and some of her producers will be in WV Friday, October 21st and Saturday, October 22nd to hold open casting calls for supporting and background roles for her Columbia MFA thesis/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Production Grant winning short, Crick in the Holler.

We are looking for men and women of all ages for scenes taking place at an industrial workplace, a grocery store, and a bonfire/party.

Our casting call on the 21st is at the Summersville Public Library in Summersville, WV, from 4 pm to 7 pm.

The casting call on the 22nd is at the Lewis Theatre in Lewisburg, WV from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

Shooting will take place December 17th and 18th in the Summersville/Mt. Nebo areas.

For more information or to submit to the casting call, please email crickintheholler@gmail.com (if you message Ursula through this site, she may not receive it in time)!

We really look forward to shooting in WV and meeting everyone at the casting call. 

 

Nannies Web Series Principal Photography Completed!

Ursula had the pleasure of working with UCB actors/producers Anna Marr, Laura Winters, and Matt Abedi this past weekend as the director for their upcoming web series Nannies

Nannies is a web series in the Broad City vein that explores the world of 20-something part-time nannies in NYC and the sometimes bizarre scenarios they encounter with parents, kids' snacks, and lice. 

It was a blast to help facilitate the actors' improvs and up the comedic stakes in the visual department -- coming soon to a YouTube near you! 

ridge&clark exhibition release!

An experimental centifilm (one minute film) collective called ridge&clark, organized by a slew of incredibly talented filmmakers/friends, kindly asked Ursula to contribute a piece to their latest online exhibition. Released at the end of last month, the exhibit features a centerpiece video by Soda_Jerk, an NYC-based experimental duo whose work was just showcased in a dedicated program at the Anthology Film Archives -- all of the pieces relate in some way to their tremendously powerful video!

Ursula was thrilled to create a piece unlike her typical work and greatly enjoyed the process of working with ridge&clark. Her piece is entitled Deluge: Maine Melting in January. View the entire exhibit here for free!

Crick in the Holler Wins Sloan Short Film Production Grant!

More exciting updates on the horizon! Ursula's short Columbia MFA thesis film, entitled Crick in the Holler, has just been awarded a generous grant from the Alfred P. Sloan foundation in the amount of $20,000. This grant will make it possible for Ursula, her cast, and her crew to shoot on location in West Virginia, where the film is set and Ursula's family home resides.

Set in Southern West Virginia at the beginning of the Elk River chemical spill of 2014, Crick in the Holler tells the story of a first-generation college student charged with the care of her rebellious younger sister who instead becomes consumed with investigating an issue with their water supply. When tragedy strikes due to her negligence at home, she learns a difficult lesson about the nature of crisis in this dark family drama.

More updates will follow shortly as we continue development and begin pre-production! The film is slated to shoot in early December.

End of 2015 Recap/Beginning of 2016 Updates!

Lots of exciting things are in the works for Ursula and all of her many projects in 2016!

The fall semester was busy, busy in terms of projects and jobs -- Ursula was a teaching assistant for the 1st year Columbia MFA course, Elements of Dramatic Narrative, taught by Andy Bienen (Boys Don't Cry), and very much enjoyed helping her eleven students develop feature film treatments over the course of the semester to take into their first feature screenwriting classes this spring. She also began working at Cine Mosaic in October, Academy award nominated and Emmy winning producer Lydia Dean Pilcher's company, assisting with development on a number of projects.

This is Not a Love Song is nearing picture lock this month, then will go on to color correction at Company 3 in Chicago with friend and previous collaborator Tyler Roth, as well as sound design with on-set sound recordist Bill Pierce of Metedeconk Films. Then onto festival submissions!

For George on his 30th Birthday is also in the midst of editing, then onto finishing and festival submissions as well!

She has also begun development on her first feature film project, Anomalies, and exciting updates on that endeavor will follow soon, in addition to updates regarding a brand new short film project, entitled Crick in the Holler, Ursula's MFA thesis short, currently slated to be shot December 2016 at her family home in West Virginia. 

Stay tuned for more updates -- 2016 is off to a bright start with much more to come! 

For George Principal Photography Wrapped!

Well, we did it! Thanks to all the support from our Chicago friends at our For George on His 30th Birthday fundraiser, the unbridled generosity of the North Alabama film community, and our truly phenomenal crew members hailing from NYC, Chicago, and AL, we wrapped principal photography on September 6th!

Shot on location in Madison/Huntsville, AL on the RED Dragon with Kowa anamorphics by DP Nick Perron-Siegel (who just wrapped his first narrative feature that you can read more about here), the film has an amazing look and wonderful performances by our leads Michael Esper and Allie Gallerani

Look forward to more updates here on post-production, as well as the launch of a Seed & Spark campaign later this month to raise money for post costs! For now, if you would like to make a donation, we are accepting them via PayPal at forgeorgeonhis30th@gmail.com.

Fundraiser for For George on His 30th Birthday in Chicago next month!

The team of For George is thrilled to announce that we'll be having a fundraiser next month, on August 10th, at The Frontier theater in Chicago!

More details will be announced in the next couple of days, but the event will include screenings of Ursula's past work (chiefly her most recent Columbia MFA projects, Seven Story Sycamore and Bukowski Made Me Do It), work by collaborator and friend Harrison Atkins , three centifilm exhibitions by our dear friends at  ridge&clark , visual art by production designer Carrie Heckel, and a very special shadow puppet performance by producer Benjamin Gojer, with a VERY SPECIAL, TBA musical guest.

A $10 suggested donation at the door will go towards production costs (chiefly transportation and housing in Alabama where the shoot will take place) for the cast and crew of For George. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, and further opportunities to contribute to the film will be available as well.

Seven Story Sycamore to screen in Washington in August!

Seven Story Sycamore will be screening at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival in Washougal, WA at the Washburn Auditorium on August 8th at 6pm in the Nature and Conflict block of short films. Look forward to more details to come -- Portland and southern WA friends, come check it out!! The SSS team is thrilled to be a part of such an exciting new festival in such a beautiful part of the country! 

Read more about the fest here: http://www.angaelica.com/festivals/2015cgiff/