What can stories tell us about the ways that people can connect - so that we might, in coming closer to the many pushes and pulls between us - see new ways forward?
Ellen is a documentary editor whose work often weaves together the storylines of multiple protagonists, places, or times — a quantum physics researcher who’s life in the lab entwines with memories of his childhood, a farmer who works with new methods on behalf of a community downstream, three women who share their experiences of emigration.
Recently, Ellen edited the pilot of the character-driven docuseries Curiosity: The Making of a Scientist, which screened at the leading festival for episodic content, SeriesFest (2022). She has also edited the documentary film “Downstream,” which screened at the SMART Museum of Art in Chicago, and the docu-fiction piece “Kinoptia,” an exploration of creative editing that received Special Honours from the University of Chicago.
In all her work, Ellen enjoys collaborating with directors and producers to channel the core threads of a film into a cohesive emotional arc. Ellen’s approach to this storytelling challenge grows from her background as the assistant editor of the Peabody Award-winning docuseries Art In The Twenty-First Century (PBS), as an editor with the experimental theatre and doc-production group The STAGE Lab, and as a post-graduate MFA student in directing and screenwriting at Edinburgh Napier University/Screen Academy Scotland.