Frankenstein has six documentaries in the New Day collection, Tracing Roots, Eating AlaskaNo LoiteringA Matter of RespectMiles from the Border, Carved from the Heart. She directs a non-profit called Artchange inc. dedicated to using art and storytelling for social change and has coordinated and participated in community arts and school-based media projects from South Central Los Angeles and Lexington Kentucky to Kake and Savoonga, Alaska. Frankenstein has exhibited her still photography nationally and internationally and has helped her spouse sail a 30-foot wooden gaff-rigged ketch sail boat from Mexico to New Zealand. She has a Masters in Visual Anthropology from the University of Southern California. Grants and awards include a Fulbright - Hays Fellowship and grants from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts and the Humanities. To see a portfolio of photography and video and learn about Ellen's current projects, visit the Frankenstein Productions website at Artchange inc's website is;

Frankenstein’s latest project, Tracing Roots is a portrait of Delores Churchill, a Haida elder and master weaver,  on a search to understand an ancient spruce root hat found in a retreating glacier. It is a story about intellectual property and cultural heritage, healthy aging, beauty and legacy. 


Films by Ellen Frankenstein

Tracing Roots

A heartfelt glimpse into the world of Haida elder and weaver, Delores Churchill and a discussion generating documentary about the multilayered meaning of an object.

Eating Alaska

A humorous and serious exploration into what we put into our mouths, set on the Alaskan Frontier.

Miles from the Border

Manuela and Ben Aparicio, sister and brother, brought by their parents in search of a better future, arrived in the United States from a rural village in Mexico to an ethnically divided community in California.

No Loitering

No Loitering is an intimate portrait of teenagers trying to understand their world and their possibilities.

A Matter of Respect

In this stereotype-breaking documentary about the meaning of tradition and change people speak frankly about the challenges they face balancing their lives in two cultures.

Carved from the Heart

One man loses his son to a cocaine overdose. Grieving, Stan Marsden, a Tsimpsean wood carver decides to create a totem pole in his son's memory and invites the town of Craig, Alaska to help. Before he is done, the pole becomes a communal project, bringing people of diverse backgrounds and ages together.