After ten years working in public health and education, Ellen Brodsky has been directing award-winning short and feature-length documentaries for the past 20 years. “The Year We Thought About Love” and “25 Texans in the Land of Lincoln” are distributed with New Day Films. Her work has been seen in over 70 festivals, conferences, and school settings around the world.
Ellen Brodsky began filmmaking after a twelve-year career in education and public health. Her most recent film is “25 Texans in the Land of Lincoln” followed a bus filled with college history students headed from the Alamo to Springfield, Illinois to ask for the repatriation of Santa Anna’s prosthetic leg and to honor Lincoln’s support of Mexico. Ellen directed “The Year We Thought About Love”, a film about a LGBTQ youth theater troupe, which is distributed to the educational market with New Day Films and has played over 50 festivals. She co-produced “At Home in Utopia,” directed by Michal Goldman and broadcast on Independent Lens in 2009. She has directed three award- winning shorts: “What do you know? Six to twelve year olds talk about gays and lesbians,” “Only One Boss,” and “Dental Farmer” (with co-director, Dunya Alwan), which have played festivals in all seven continents. Brodsky has a Masters in Management from the Heller School, Brandeis University and a BA in Religion from Haverford College.
Films by Ellen Brodsky
Twenty-five history students travel from the Alamo to Springfield, Illinois to build a Day of the Dead altar honoring Lincoln’s support of Mexico, and ask a museum to return Santa Anna’s prosthetic leg. With humor, humility, and animated history lessons, these students, mostly Mexican American, raise questions of identity, borders, museum ethics, and collective memory.
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.