Ellen Houlihan


Empowering the Underdog


Ellen Houlihan is an Emmy-winning and Clio-nominated narrative and commercial film director whose work has also been recognized by 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, as well as recognizable talent from top film, TV and commercial campaigns.

Ellen's trademark style is capturing dialogue-driven, character-based performances across comedy, commercial and documentary work highlighting empowerment and underdog messages. She is passionate about telling funny, honest and empowering stories with a hard-hitting POV. Finding the POW! in empowerment from headstrong talent be it famous comedians and actors to real people trying to be seen and have their voices heard.

Directing highlights to date include debuting her graduate thesis film Joan’s Day Out starring Oscar-nominated actress Sally Kellerman (Robert Altman's M*A*S*H) and Hulu Casual star Tara Lynne Barr at film festivals across the globe and highlighting the LGBTQ suicide crisis in a hard-hitting PSA starring standup comic Todd Glass which went viral. She is currently promoting a branded documentary short film about a female race car driver striving to make it in NASCAR which can now be found on Upworthy.

She is available and open for freelance and staff opportunities in Los Angeles where she is based, as well as in New York where she grew up. She is currently seeking representation.