Ellen Houlihan is an award-winning narrative and commercial film director whose work has been featured on The Huffington Post, Upworthy, Perez Hilton, Splitsider, Nerdist, 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 an AICP Shortlist nomination, a Cannes Lions Young Director Award and a $10K cash prize from Avion Tequila for her latest campaign. Film festivals include: the prestigious New York Film Festival, Gen Art Film Fest, the Oscar-qualifying LA Shorts Fest and NY Shorts Fest, Raindance, ITV Festival, 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 motion 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.
Academy Award-nominated actress Sally Kellerman (M*A*S*H) stars in a 20-minute pilot/short film 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.
Co-starring Tara Lynne Barr (lead, Bobcat Goldthwait's satirical feature God Bless America and NBC's upcoming miniseries Aquarius opposite David Duchovny), Betsy Franco ("James and Dave Franco's mom" on Funny or Die) and Halston Sage (Neighbors and Grown Ups 2). Link available upon request.
Official Selection: New York Film Festival, Gen Art Film Fest, Cannes Film Festival, NY Shorts Fest, LA Shorts Fest, Raindance Film Fest, ITV Festival (one of six TV comedy pilots), Carmel Art and Film Fest, Chicago Comedy Film Fest and many more.
Written, Directed and Produced by Ellen Houlihan. Produced by Almitra Corey (Producer on Henley, Sundance '12 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).
Phillip Chorba (Silver Linings Playbook, The Knick) stars in a viral video for Avion Tequila. Directed by Ellen Houlihan (ellenhoulihan.com). Winner, $10K viral video contest sponsored by Avion Tequila.
"'Taxman' is a true viral video that elicited instinctive laughter and prompted viewers to re-watch to believe what they've just seen." -Ken Austin, Avion Tequila CEO
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.
Awards include: Emmy Award, Cannes Young Director Award, AICP nomination, Shoot Magazine's New Directors Showcase
Press: The Huffington Post, Upworthy, Perez Hilton
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.