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Ellen Houlihan is an award-winning narrative and commercial film director whose work has been featured on The Huffington Post, Upworthy, Perez Hilton, Brett Ratner's social media channels and MTVu. She has received numerous honors/awards including an Emmy at the College TV Awards, acceptance to New York Film Festival's Artist Academy and Shoot Magazine's New Directors Showcase as well as a AICP Shortlist nomination and a Cannes Lions Young Director Award. Film festivals include: NYFF, Gen Art Film Fest, the Oscar-qualifying LA Shorts Fest, Carmel Art & Film Fest (where Clint Eastwood is a juror), Cannes Film Festival's Short Film Corner, Chicago Comedy Film Festival and many others.

Ellen has a decade of production and development experience in both Los Angeles and New York covering major motions pictures, indie film, commercials, animation, digital and branded content featuring A-list talent.

She has studied at Art Center College of Design (MFA), Fordham University (BA) and professional training programs including Werner Herzog's Rogue Film School, Upright Citizens Brigade, The Groundlings and UCLA's screenwriting program.

Click around EllenHoulihan.com to explore her links, and check out her in-depth interview with Shoot Magazine, which discusses her current projects, background and influences.

AWARDS & RECOGNITION:
2013 New York Film Festival Artist Academy
2013 Gen Art Film Festival
2013 Carmel Art & Film Festival
2013 Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner
2013 Oscar-qualifying LA Shorts Festival
2013 Chicago Comedy Film Festival
2013 AICP Show Shortlist
2013 Shoot Magazine New Directors Showcase
2013 College Emmys- Winner
2013 Los Angeles ADDY Award- Silver
2012 Cannes Young Director Award- Winner
2012 Porsche International Advertising Film Award- Best of All Entries
2012 Top Ten Finalist, Talenthouse FIlmmaker of the Year
2012 Brett Ratner/Tom Ford PSA contest- second highest number of votes
2012 Telly Award - Silver
2012 Telly Award - Bronze
2012 Los Angeles ADDY - Bronze
2011 Moondance International Film Festival- Semi-Finalist
2012 Broad Humor Film Festival- Official Selection
2011 Action on Film Festival- Official Selection

PRESS:
The Huffington Post, Upworthy, Perez Hilton, The Philadelphia Inquirer, MTVu, Backstage West, Shoot Magazine, Shots Magazine and more. Twitter and Facebook support from Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt, Jim Gaffigan, Tig Notaro and Marc Maron.

Copyright © Ellen Houlihan 2011-2013. All rights reserved.




My first podcast interview for Joan's Day Out with FilmFestivalReviews.com's Christina Kotlar. Click to listen!


Joan's Day Out is an Official Selection of the 2013 Gen Art Film Festival. Notable Gen Art alums include The Duplass Brothers, Adrienne Shelly, Lake Bell, Kevin Bacon and many more!


Happy to announce Joan's Day Out is an Official Selection of the 2013 LA Shorts Fest! Stay tuned for more details as they come. LA Shorts Fest is an Oscar-qualifying fest (*fingers crossed*--hey, you never know!) and takes place the week of September 5-12, 2013 at the NoHo 7 Laemmle Theatre.



Ellen Houlihan has been included in Shoot Magazine's prestigious 2013 New Directors Showcase at the Director's Guild of America May 23rd in New York City! Shoot Magazine is the leading publication for commercial, branded content and entertainment motion pictures production today.

Please check out my in-depth interview with Shoot Magazine, which discusses my current projects, background and influences.


Todd Glass for GLSEN PSA has been shortlisted for the 2013 AICP Show run by The Association of Independent Commercial Producers. The ceremony will take place Thursday, June 6th at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. I'm so thrilled to screen my work at MoMA, where I spent many afternoons and evenings seeing classic and foreign films with my dad!




Joan's Day Out has been officially selected for the Cannes Film Festival's Court Metrage (Short Film Corner)! I'll be attending with Torie Zalben, producer at The David Lynch Foundation, from May 14-21. Let us know if you plan to attend. Check out Torie's work here.



My Todd Glass for GLSEN PSA took home an Emmy at the College TV Awards 4/25! Here I am posing with the Emmy, and with my film school classmate Justin Wells and comic legend Lily Tomlin!





Special thanks to Brett Ratner for lending his support on his Facebook page and WhoSay blog! Thanks to Brett, Tom Ford and Talenthouse for hosting the GLSEN "Think Before You Speak" initiative in the first place!






MTVu and Rate My Professors, two of the sponsors of the Emmys' College TV Awards, have profiled me in their article "College Television Awards Winners Shout Out Their Profs."






More coverage from Art Center College of Design, including a feature in Dot Magazine, ACCD's alumni magazine entitled "Re-designing the Movies: How Art Center is uniquely educating the next generation of filmmakers," Fall 2012 edition.



Nominated for Talenthouse's 2012 Filmmaker of the Year! Featured interview on Art Center College of Design's Dotted Line newsletter, and RT on Twitter by Brett Ratner!






Ellen Houlihan's Todd Glass for GLSEN PSA was named Best of All Entries at the Porsche Awards held in Germany! November 5th, 2012.




Ellen Houlihan's Todd Glass for GLSEN PSA won the Cannes Young Director Award in Cannes, France held during the prestigious Cannes Lions advertising festival on June 21, 2012!















Also featured on Marc Maron, Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt and Jim Gaffigan's Twitter feeds, Philly.com, The Daily What , Nerdist, Death and Taxes, Laughspin, Splitsider and more.


Ads of the World features Todd Glass for GLSEN PSA!



Full-page profile on Ellen Houlihan in Backstage, the industry leading trade magazine for actors and casting directors. July 28-August 3, 2011 issue.
Inspired by Ferris Bueller and Harold and Maude, Joan's Day Out tells the story of a grandmother who breaks out of her nursing home to bail her teenage granddaughter out of jail.

Starring Academy Award-nominated actress Sally Kellerman (M*A*S*H), Betsy Franco ("James and Dave Franco's mom" on Funny or Die) and Tara Lynne Barr (lead, Bobcat Goldthwait's satirical feature God Bless America). Link available upon request.



Written, Directed and Produced by Ellen Houlihan. Produced by Almitra Corey (Producer on Henley, Sundance '12, currently in feature development with Elijah Wood's production company; and Art Director on Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers) and the actress Mei Melancon (X Men 3, The L Word, Blumenthal and the upcoming Higher Power).

Coming soon!

Festivals (so far):





Behind the Scenes


Betsy Franco "Nancy", Director Ellen Houlihan, Sally Kellerman "Joan" and Tara Lynne Barr "Maggie"


Director Ellen Houlihan and Sally Kellerman on location on the CBS Radford backlot


Producer Mei Melancon, Tara Lynne Barr, Ellen Houlihan, Producer Almitra Corey



Painting by Allison Krumwiede, our Art Director, Poster Designer and Storyboard Artist!
Emmy-winning PSA starring standup comic Todd Glass (Louie, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Last Comic Standing) which takes on the suicide epidemic in the LGBT teen community for GLSEN: The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network's Think Before You Speak campaign. Inspired by Todd Glass' decision to come out of the closet on a 2012 episode of the WTF with Marc Maron podcast. Subscribe to The Todd Glass Show on iTunes.



Directed by Ellen Houlihan
Written by Todd Glass
Produced by Mei Melançon and Ellen Houlihan



A winner at the Emmys College TV Award and numerous advertising industry awards/honors including Shoot Magazine's New Directors Showcase, Cannes Lions Young Director Award and a nomination for the AICP Shortlist. Featured press includes The Huffington Post, Upworthy and Perez Hilton, among other prominent media outlets.

Featured press:













Ellen Houlihan's award-winning commercial reel featuring spots with distinctions including a College Emmy, a Cannes Young Director Award, the AICP Show Shortlist, Shoot Magazine's New Directors Showcase, Porsche International Student Ad Film Awards' Best of All Entries, Los Angeles ADDYs and Tellys. Press coverage including: The Huffington Post, Upworthy and Perez Hilton.

DIRECTING
-TODD GLASS FOR GLSEN PSA
-JEEP: Crispy
-STRIDE GUM: Stride TV
-KITCHENAID: Behind The Blender



COPYWRITING/PERFORMANCE

-HELLO GIGGLES (Zooey Deschanel's company) Mother's Day campaign for TELEFLORA