After spending fifteen years working in public health and education, Ellen Brodsky became an award-winning filmmaker whose short and feature-length social justice documentaries have played on all seven continents. In addition to her personal projects, Brodsky has made two teacher training films focusing on LGBT topics for elementary schools for the Welcoming Schools project of the Human Rights Campaign.

Ellen Brodsky began filmmaking after a fifteen-year career in education and public health. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Democratic Republic of Congo, worked at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, led a National Training Center on HIV prevention for the Centers for Disease Control, and did training for the Safe Schools Program for Gay and Lesbian Students. Ellen co-produced “At Home in Utopia,” broadcast on the award-winning PBS series, Independent Lens, in 2009. She has directed two award-winning shorts: “ “Only One Boss,” and “Dental Farmer” (with co-director, Dunya Alwan), which have played festivals in all seven continents. In addition, Brodsky produced two teacher training videos for the Welcoming Schools project of Human Rights Campaign:  “What do you know?  Six to twelve year olds talk about gays and lesbians” and “What Can we Do? Bias, Bullying, and Bystanders.” Brodsky has a Masters in Management from the Heller School, Brandeis University and a BA in Religion from Haverford College. To read about her other films, please go to

Films by Ellen Brodsky

The Year We Thought About Love

What happens when a diverse group of LGBTQ youth dares to be “out” on stage talking truthfully about their lives?  As they create a play about love, a theater troupe of Queer youth celebrates the fullness of their lives as young artists and activists.