(Yes, that is Steven Soderbergh's RED!)

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 an AICP Shortlist nomination and a Cannes Lions Young Director Award. Film festivals include: NYFF, Gen Art Film Fest, the Oscar-qualifying LA Shorts Fest and NY 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 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.

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.

2014 Oscar-qualifying New York Shorts Fest
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

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.

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Copyright © Ellen Houlihan 2011-2014. All rights reserved.

Joan's Day Out Official Trailer from Ellen Houlihan on Vimeo

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 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!

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/Actress Mei Melancon, Tara Lynne Barr "Maggie", Director Ellen Houlihan, Producer Almitra Corey

Painting by Allison Krumwiede, our Art Director, Poster Designer and Storyboard Artist!

Festivals (so far):

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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:

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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.

-JEEP: Crispy
-KITCHENAID: Behind The Blender


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

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