Ellen Houlihan
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Joan's Day Out | Short Film - TV Pilot

Joan's Day Out
Short Film/TV Pilot

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Directed, Written and Produced by Ellen Houlihan

"A story that follows a grandmother and granddaughter from an assisted living community to a small town jail? Oh honey, you know we’re on board. Ellen Houlihan’s short film ‘Joan’s Day Out’ stars Oscar-nominee Sally Kellerman (Robert Altman's M*A*S*H; Back to School with Rodney Dangerfield) and Tara Lynne Barr (Hulu's Casual) as the inter-generational miscreants on a journey of self discovery. It’s funny, it’s heartwarming, it’s full of talented people, and we highly recommend reading more about it right here. Meanwhile, enjoy the trailer and try to stay out of trouble."- Elizabeth Banks' WhoHaHa.com




Joan’s Day Out is a wonderful, funny short film. Not only was I impressed by her craftsmanship, but also her deft handling of actors, particularly Academy Award-nominated Sally Kellerman. I see my fair share of short films in my position, and in my experience, comedies can be the most difficult to pull off. Between the performances, her stylistic choices, and the production value, I’d say Ellen knocked it out of the park.
— Mark O'Connor, Producer, The Hangover franchise and Executive at Todd Phillips's Green Hat Films