Ellen Houlihan


Empowering the Underdog


Ellen Houlihan is an Emmy-winning and Clio-nominated writer and director based in New York and Los Angeles. Her work has been recognized by Free The Work (fka Free The Bid), The Film Society of Lincoln Center, The AICP, Cannes Lions, The One Club for Creativity and Shoot Magazine's New Directors Search. She has directed Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated talent, major recording artists and comedians, as well as recognizable talent from top films, TV shows, commercials and music videos.

Ellen writes and directs original content independently, and for hire with agencies and production companies such as Droga5 and BuzzFeed. She is interested in collaborative opportunities and representation.

She is currently at work on a short film starring Nikolai Fraiture (The Strokes, Summer Moon) and Pierre Fraiture (Townley Gallery) documenting their arts music collective Arts Elektra which is revitalizing the Downtown NYC arts and rock 'n roll scene.

Click around EllenHoulihan.com to explore produced creative works (all directed/written/produced by Ellen) including: Joan’s Day Out, a New York Film Festival-approved short film starring Robert Altman muse Sally Kellerman and Hulu Casual star Tara Lynne Barr; an Emmy-winning PSA highlighting the LGBTQ suicide epidemic starring stand-up comic Todd Glass after his coming out episode of Marc Maron’s WTF podcast; a Clio-nominated sports doc on a female race car driver striving to make it in NASCAR; an Avion Tequila viral video inspired by Pee-Wee Herman’s infamous Tequila! bar top dance; original animation videos for BuzzFeed satirizing social media influencer culture; a comedy commercial campaign showing various anxiety-inducing situations Sunday Scaries, a CBD edibles company, helps alleviate; and more.

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