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Bio
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.



Background/Training
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.

FAQ
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:
2014 Raindance Film Festival
2014 ITV Festival
2014 Oscar-qualifying NY Shorts Festival

2014 Cannes Film Festival Creative Minds Screening
2014 Los Angeles festivals: Playhouse West, iO West Scripted Comedy, Comedy Ninja, Ladyfilmmakers Festivals
2014 Hometown- Hoboken International Film Festival
2014 Best Viral Video- Avion Tequila ($10K reward)
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.

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

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).

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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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












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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.

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.

Featured press:















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Ellen Houlihan's award-winning commercial reel featuring spots with distinctions including an Emmy, a Cannes Young Director Award, an AICP nomination, inclusion in Shoot Magazine's New Directors Showcase, a $10K reward from Avion Tequila, 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 (winner of Student Emmy, Cannes YDA, AICP nomination, Shoot Online New Directors Sarch; press hits on The Huffington Post, Perez Hilton, Upworthy; tweets by Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt, Jim Gaffigan and add'l famous comedians)

-AVION TEQUILA VIRAL VIDEO (winner of $10K cash prize from Avion Tequila)

-JEEP: Crispy

-STRIDE GUM: Stride TV

-KITCHENAID: Behind The Blender

-TRAILER: JOAN'S DAY OUT



COPYWRITING/PERFORMANCE

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

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