University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

New CAS Faculty

Professor Deborah Ellis

Deborah Ellis

Assistant Professor of Film Studies

Deborah Ellis, Assistant Professor of Film Studies in the English Department, is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and educator. She has a B.A. in History from Laurence University, and an M.F.A. from Northwestern University. Ellis is active in the independent film community in Vermont, currently serving as President of the Vermont International Film Festival.

Ellis's documentary, "Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train," was short-listed with twelve films from which the 2005 Academy Award nominees were chosen. The film was released theatrically, and is now widely available on DVD. Earlier work includes "Skin Deep," an examination of the development and promotion of the sub-dermal contraceptive, Norplant; "The FBI's War on Black America," an examination of targets of COINTELPRO, an FBI program instituted in the 1960's with a mandate to "prevent the rise of a Black Messiah"; "Unbidden Voices," about the immigrant experience of an Indian woman working in Chicago, and "Doris Eddy," an intimate portrait of a Vermont woman who lived alone on her farm with 50 horses. Ellis is currently developing new projects.

Ellis maintains a strong interest in emerging technologies and is particularly interested in how media are used to create community. In the last couple of years, Ellis has also created video projections as part of theatrical productions.

Ellis will be working with the members of Film Studies to develop the production component of the program. This fall she'll teach a TAP course in video production and a film studies course that will look at a group of films through the perspective of the editor's role. She looks forward to "coming home" to Burlington.

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