During West Virginia's 2014 Elk River chemical spill, a first-generation college student charged with the care of her rebellious younger sister instead becomes consumed by an issue with their water supply. 

Starring Rebeca Robles, Chloe Roe and Van Hansis

Written and directed by Ursula Ellis

Produced by Ben Gojer, Kiera Kyoto Lewis, Emerson Nosek, and Nadia Zoe

Co-Produced by Gena Ellis 

Cinematography by Nick Perron-Siegel

Edited by Russell Yaffe

Co-producing my daughter’s film on location in my hometown of Summersville, WV and on her dad’s family farm in Alderson cannot be topped. An amazing experience to work with 83 folks- NYC actors and crew, and over two dozen WV film crew and 30+ WV supporting actors and extras. Much gratitude for the support from my hometown and statewide from logistics to casting calls and so much more. A difficult subject matter but WV’s beauty shines.

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About  Crick in the Holler


A 2017 Columbia MFA Thesis & Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Short Production Grant Film
March on Washington Film Festival; Green Mountain Film Festival; ChesapeakeFilm Festival;Tupelo Film Festival (Winner, Best Student Short); Beloit International Film Festival; Columbia University Film Festival (Winner: IFP Audience Choice Award & Faculty Jury Honors); Woodstock Film Festival; Citizen Jane Film Festival; Cucalorus Film Festival; Lone Star Film Festival, Ft. Worth, TX (Winner: Best Student Short); Screencraft Short Film Production Fund Semifinalist

For George on His 30th Birthday


Written and Directed by Ursula Ellis

Produced by Emerson Nosek and Ben Gojer

Co-Produced by Gena Ellis

Starring Michael Esper and Allie Gallerani

Cinematography by Nick Perron-Siegel

Edited by Russell Yaffe and Ryan Westphal

In the suburban South of the not-so-distant past, a former MySpace famous musician turned disgruntled pizza place employee, George, spends a strange night with Deena, a sort-of ex-girlfriend and used-to-be fan.


2018 Denver Film Festival (Liberty Global Domestic Student Filmmaker Award nominee)

2019 Lone Star Film Festival (Ft. Worth, TX)

2018 Columbia University MFA Proof-of-Concept Short Film

Ursula Ellis Films


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