Ursula Ellis

Filmmaker

Born: Nuremberg, Germany, 1990. Grew up in Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Jersey, Alabama, Missouri, and West Virginia. Lives and works in New York, NY.

 

EDUCATION:

October 2017, MFA in Screenwriting & Directing, Columbia University School of the Arts, Film Division, New York, NY

June 2012, B.Sc. in Radio/Television/Film and British and European History, Northwestern University School of Communications, Evanston, IL (GPA: 3.7)

 

FILMOGRAPHY:

AVA IN THE END (Director/Editor/Producer)

professional narrative short, in post-production, RED EPIC-W camera & Kowa anamorphic lenses

written & executive produced by Addison Heimann (KAPPA FORCE)

 

FOR GEORGE ON HIS 30TH BIRTHDAY (Writer/Director)

narrative proof-of-concept short, in post-production, RED EPIC-D camera & Kowa anamorphic lenses

Columbia University MFA Film starring Michael Esper & Allie Gallerani (advisor: Craig Zobel)

 

CRICK IN THE HOLLER (Writer/Director/Producer)

narrative short, 18 minutes, Panavised ARRI Alexa Plus camera & Primo lenses

Columbia University MFA Thesis Film (advisor: Trey Ellis)

Awards:

2016 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Short Film Production Grant

2017 IFP Audience Choice Award, Columbia University Film Festival

2017 Faculty Jury Honors, Columbia University Film Festival

2017 Best Student Film, Lone Star Film Festival

2017 Audience Choice Award, North Shore Towers Film Festival

2017 Nominee, Best Student Film, Woodstock Film Festival

2017 Semifinalist, Screencraft Short Film Fund

2017 Official Film Festival Selections:

Educational premiere: Columbia University Film Festival (US)

World premiere: Woodstock Film Festival (US)

North Shore Towers Film Festival (New York, US)

Citizen Jane Film Festival (Missouri, US)

Cucalorus Film Festival (North Carolina, US)

Lone Star Film Festival (Texas, US)

2018 Official Film Festival Selections:

Beloit International Film Festival (US)

Green Mountain Film Festival (Vermont, US)

Tupelo Film Festival (US)

 

WHY I RUN (Producer)

written & directed by Nadia Zoe

narrative short, 10 minutes, RED EPIC-D camera

Columbia University MFA Thesis Film (advisor: Hilary Brougher)

2017 Official Film Festival Selections:

Educational premiere: Columbia University Film Festival (US)

 

NANNIES (Director)

professional sketch web series, six 2 minute episodes, Canon 7D camera

written & executive produced by Anna Marr, Laura Winters, and Matt Abedi

Distribution: available on YouTube

 

THIS IS NOT A LOVE SONG (Writer/Director/Co-Editor)

narrative short, 10 minutes, RED EPIC-D camera

Columbia MFA Short Film (advisor: Tom Kalin)

Awards:

2016 Most Impactful Film, Columbia River Gorge International Film Festival

2016 Finalist, Colorlab Summer Short Contest

2016 Official Film Festival Selections:

World premiere: Brainwash Drive-In/Bike-In/Walk-In Movie Festival (California, US)

International premiere: Underground Cinema Film Festival (Dublin, Ireland)

Lady Parts Film Club Dramatic Showcase (New York, US)

Columbia River Gorge International Film Festival (California, US)

Indie Memphis Film Festival (US)

Filmslang Film Festival (Kentucky, US)

2017 Official Film Festival Selections:

Ibiza Cinefest (Spain)

Crossroads Film Festival (Mississippi, US)

New Hope Film Festival (US)

Northwestern University East Arts Alumni Showcase (New York, NY)

Bucharest ShortCut Cinefest (Romania)

Syracuse International Film Festival (US)

Transylvania Cinema Awards (Romania)

 

DELUGE: MAINE MELTING IN JANUARY (Director/Editor)

experimental short, 1 minute, iPhone 5s camera 

made as a guest contributor to the centi-film collective & online gallery, ridge & clark, in response to the centerpiece film, HILTSWALTI, by Soda_Jerk

 

TOUCH (Producer)

written by Bittnarie Shin and Andrew Stephen Lee, directed by Andrew Stephen Lee

narrative short, 10 min, Blackmagic Pocket camera

Columbia University MFA Film (advisor: Eliza Hittman)

2015 Official Film Festival Selections:

World premiere: Los Angeles Film Festival (US)

San Francisco International Festival of Short Films (US)

2016 Official Film Festival Selections:

International premiere: Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival (France)

Kyiv International Short Film Festival (Ukraine)

Concorto Film Festival (Italy)

2017 Official Film Festival Selections:

Festival du Film court d’Aigues Vives (France)

 

BUKOWSKI MADE ME DO IT (Director/Editor/Co-Writer)

(co-written with Derly Perez)

narrative short, 13 minutes, Blackmagic Pocket camera

Columbia University MFA Film (advisor: Eliza Hittman)

2015 Official Film Festival Selections:

TODAY IS YOUR BIRTHDAY Arts Festival (Chicago, IL)

 

SEVEN STORY SYCAMORE (Writer/Director/Editor)

narrative short, 6 minutes, Canon 5D camera

Columbia University MFA Film (advisor: Hillary Brougher)

2015 Official Film Festival Selection:

Columbia River Gorge International Film Festival (Oregon, US)

Northwestern University East Arts Alumni Showcase (New York, NY)

 

FALLIN’ FOR YOU (Director/Story)

narrative music video, 5 minutes, RED One camera

music & lyrics by Young Jesus

Awards:

2012 Niteskool Productions Music Video Grant

2012 Official Film Festival Selections:

World premiere: Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (US)

George Lindsey UNA Film Festival (Alabama, US)

Tupelo Film Festival (Mississippi, US)

 

WAR IS KIND (Writer/Director)

narrative short, 19 minutes, RED One camera

Northwestern University Senior Directing Sequence Film (advisors: Spencer Parsons and Deb Tolchinsky)

Awards:

2011 Northwestern University Women Filmmakers Alliance Production Grant

2011 Northwestern University School of Communications Dean’s Advisory Council Grant

 

THE BALLAD OF BARBARA ALLEN (Writer/Director)

narrative short, 13 min, RED One camera

Northwestern University Independent Study Film (advisors: Spencer Parsons and Kyle Henry)

current Northwestern University teaching example film (Kyle Henry’s Producing class)

Awards:

2011 Nominee, Kodak Student Cinematography Scholarship

2011 Northwestern University School of Communications Dean’s Advisory Council Grant

2011 Official Film Festival Selection:

FirstGlance Film Festival (Pennsylvania, US)

 

JANE AND GOLDIE (Writer/Director)

narrative short, 16 min, Panasonic HXV camera

Northwestern University student-supported film

Awards:

2010 Studio 22 Productions Fall Grant

2010 Northwestern University School of Communications Dean’s Advisory Council Grant

2011 Official Film Festival Selection:

White Sands International Film Festival (New Mexico, US)

 

JESSAMINE (Writer/Director)

narrative short, 11 min, Panasonic DXV camera

Northwestern University student-supported film

Awards:

2009 Studio 22 Productions New Student Grant

 

AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS:

2018 Catwalk Artist Residency Recipient

2018 Tribeca Film Institute Sloan Filmmaker Fund Finalist

2018 Humanitas Prize David and Lynn Angell College Comedy Fellowship Nominee

2018 Sundance January Screenwriters Lab Semifinalist

2017 Screencraft Short Film Fund Semifinalist 

2016 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Short Film Production Grant Winner

2016 New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Finance Lab Participant 

2016 Maine Media Workshop Writing Retreat Participant

2015-2017 Graduate-Level Teaching Assistant Fellowship, “Elements of Dramatic Narrative,” Columbia University School of the Arts, Film Division

2015 Academy of Motion Pictures Nicholls Fellowship Quarterfinalist 

2015 Scriptapalooza International Screenwriting Competition Quarterfinalist

2015 CineStory Retreat and Fellowship Quarterfinalist

2014-2016 Equipment Room Fellowship, Columbia University School of the Arts, Film Division

2008-2012 Northwestern University Dean’s List

 

VISITING ARTIST TALKS/PANELS/LECTURES:

2018 Visiting Artist Talk: Living & Working as a Filmmaker Post-Film School  and the Grad School Decision, Spencer Parsons' Senior Directing Class, Northwestern University School of Communications, Radio/Television/Film Department

2018 Panelist: “What Lies Upstream” Documentary Screening and Panel on Environmental Degradation in Marginalized Communities, Maysles Documentary Center, New York, NY

2017 Panelist: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Grant Info Session, Columbia University School of the Arts, Film Division

2016 Panelist: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Grant Info Session, Columbia University School of the Arts, Film Division

2016 Panelist: Prospective Student Info Session, Columbia University School of the Arts, Film Division

2016 Guest Lecturer: Incoming Student Technical Workshop, Columbia University School of the Arts, Film Division

2012 Guest Lecturer: Northwestern University Women Filmmakers Alliance Directing Workshop, Northwestern University School of Communications, Radio/Television/Film Department

 

TEACHING/ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE:

2016 Teaching Assistant, “TV Writing Summer Intensive,” Professor Alan Kingsberg, Columbia University School of the Arts, Film Division

2015-2017 Graduate-Level Teaching Assistant, “Elements of Dramatic Narrative,” Professor Andy Bienen, Columbia University School of the Arts, Film Division

2014-2016 Senior Equipment Room Technician, Columbia University School of the Arts, Film Division

2014-2015 Research Assistant, Professor Jean Cohen, Columbia University Political Science Department

2010 Practical Effects Testing Artist, Professor Spencer Parsons, Northwestern University School of Communication, Radio/Television/Film Department

2009-2012 Editor/Research Aide, Professor Irving Rein, Northwestern University School of Communications, Communications Studies Department

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

2015-2017 Development Consultant, Cine Mosaic (independent production company helmed by acclaimed producer Lydia Dean Pilcher), New York, NY

2015 Editor, The Gregory Brothers (YouTube phenomenon known for “Songify the News”), Maker Studios, New York, NY

2015 Writer, Episode (interactive iPhone storytelling game), Pocket Gems, New York, NY

2013 Post-Production Associate, See3 Communications (production company spearheading video campaigns for non-profits), Chicago, IL

2012-2018 Co-Founder (with Emerson Nosek), Little Bear Pictures (independent production company producing original and for-hire narrative shorts, feature documentaries, and commercial work — client list available upon request), New York, NY

2012-2013 Distribution Manager, AOK Productions (independent production company helmed by acclaimed director Kyle Henry), Chicago, IL

2012 Post-Production Intern, Optimus Post (commercial post house), Chicago, IL

2011 Original Programming Intern, AMC Network, New York, NY

2010 Extras Casting Assistant, Transformers 3/Paramount Pictures, Chicago, IL