Lulu Productions

Under the banner of Lulu Productions Ellen has produced award winning films, web series, music videos, documentaries, theatre and is developing several new projects. All of Ellen’s endeavors share her passion as a humanitarian and highlight social issues with a lifeline of humor.

Her latest project, The Adventures of Ronald and Edgar is a half-hour dramedy series in the vein of The Odd Couple, just a little odder. It’s about two high functioning men with developmental disabilities, who together take on the world! Adapted from Ellen’s international award winning short film, Waiting For Ronald. The Adventures of Ronald and Edgar is an entertaining and important show that celebrates friendship, courage and new beginnings. It will appeal to a wide audience because everyone wants to belong, just like Ronald and Edgar. The time is now for this show with a blended cast of actors with disabilities and without. It is a true example of Diversity with a capital “D”.

 

Globe Trotting From Home With L.E Sue, is a web-series where L.E Sue travels around the world…not once leaving her home! Like so many Americans L.E Sue can’t stand the hassle and hates the expense of traveling, so L.E Sue has discovered the benefits of ‘GLOBETROTTING FROM HOME’. Statistics show that two-thirds of employed Americans are not using vacations to travel! Many can’t afford to travel, some may not be physically able to travel, and still others may be staying home to care for a loved one. The ‘staycation’ is becoming more and more popular. A unique, entertaining show to watch with friends or family, enjoy an international dinner party while taking a trip from home with L.E Sue, or for people who are unable to travel, but would like to think they have. L.E Sue is the Global Guru who takes you on a “STAYCATION” to your dream destination.

Globetrotting from HomeHas Anyone Seen Dr. Jeannee Sebel, a web-series based on the comedic character from Ellen’s award winning one women show My Psychotherapy Comeback Tour. It is about the search for Dr. Jeannee Sebel the brilliant, zany, Beverly Hills Psychotherapist, renowned for her development of quirky alternative modalities, “The Therapist to the Stars”. Dr. Sebel, has dropped out and become homeless, triggering an epiphany that her life’s calling is to help those who can least afford it, becoming “The Therapist on the Street”. This one of a kind mocumentary web series, shares the stories of everyday hero’s that happen to be homeless. Dr. Jeanee Sebel shows us how “everyone deserves to be happy”.

Waiting For Ronald a short film about a 34 year old developmentally disabled man who leaves the institution where he has spent most of his years, he takes his suitcase, fears, anxiety and humor to meet his best friend and start a new life. Ellen wrote and directed this international award winning short film (35 mm), and selected disabled and non-disabled actors for a blended cast.

The film enjoyed a long festival run in over 30 film festivals. With official selection at Boston Film Festival, Temecula International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and Foyle Film Festival Ireland and many more. (For a full list of festivals click here)

Awards:

  • Audience Choice Best Short Methodfest Film Festival
  • Jody Clark Best Lead Actor in a Short Methodfest Film Festival
  • Gold Remi Motivational Award WorldFest Film Festival
  • Worldfest Film Festival
  • Honorable Mention Picture This Film Festival Canada
  • Picture This Film Festival Canada
  • Best Film – 2nd Place Hollywood Spiritual Film Festival
  • Hollywood Spiritual Film Festival
  • Finalist (Best Short Film) Indie Producers Award Gala
  • Best Editing Blue November Film Festival
  • Award of Merit Best Shorts Competition

Come Away With Me a short film directed by Ellen is about an inter-racial couple, sweethearts in the sixties, who were torn apart by war and social pressure. Anne goes to her high school reunion with hopes of rekindling the romance with Michael, a war hero suffering from PTSD and Alzheimer’s, who is the love of her life. Ellen plays Anne and Michael is played by Charlie Robinson (Night Court, Antwon Fisher, Hart of Dixie).

Ellen was so touched by this heartfelt love story that she felt inspired to create Michael and Anne’s high school love song, “Come Away With Me Tonight”. It was the first time Ellen had written and produced a song Ralph Guzzo co-produced the song and laid down the guitar tracks. Performed by Hollie Cavanagh, finalist on American Idol, with horns by Luis Eric Gonzalez (Earth, Wind and Fire) and Trombone by Humberto Ruiz. Ellen crossed that off her bucket list. (Click to watch music video).

 

The Making of “Come Away With Me” Documentary is two fold. The creative process of making the film with an all female crew with interviews with the editor/co producer, award winning Julie Janata, award winning cinematographer Polly Morgan and the cast. The documentary captures the extraordinary experience of recording the original song. There are interviews with Catherine Grealish composer, Music producer Ralph Guzzo and the musicians. The documentary shows the amazing relationships formed, as well as the fun and humor of the production.

Come Away With Me, has been in over 35 festivals including official selection at Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase, Newport Beach Film Festival, Hollyshorts Film Festival, Carmel International Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival and Athens International Film and Video Festival. (For a full list of festivals click here)

Awards:

  • The Robert Prosky Character Actor Award, Cape May Film Festival for Ellen Gerstein
  • Best Director, Atlanta Shortsfest
  • Best Short Film Carmel International Film Festival
  • Jury Selection Award, Lady Filmmakers Film Festival
  • Best Short Film, Imagine This Women’s International Film Festival
  • Grand Jury Selection, Gasparilla International Film Festival
  • Charlie Robinson Best Actor Male, Connect Film Festival
  • Best of Show, Best Shorts Competition
  • Grand Jury Selection, Gasparilla International Film Festival
  • Award of Excellence, Best Short Competition
  • Best Sound and Music, Connect Film Festival
  • The Audience Choice Award, HollyShorts Monthly Screenings
  • Best Short Film Prize, Best Dramatic Short, Wine Country Film Festival
  • Jury Award, Best Short Film, Toronto Independent Film Festival
  • Directors Award, Best Actor In A Short Film Charlie Robinson
  • Platinum Award, Spotlight Short Film Awards
  • Platinum Remi Award, Best Drama Short Film, Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival

 

Silent Laughter is a half hour short film from the Women’s Directing Workshop at AFI.  This film is about a stand-up comic who picks on the wrong audience member. Unbeknownst to her, she befriends that very person and ends up fighting for her life. Ellen wrote, co-produced and played the lead.

Ellen has produced, directed and acted in theater in Los Angeles. She originated characters including: Ruthie in Potroast at the Actors Gang; Shirley in Sit and Shiver, a play by Steven Berkoff, at the Odyssey; Rosalie in the play Angel Share at the Tiffany, with Paula Prentiss. She co-wrote and co-produced Club Disco an interactive play and created the character, Angie. The show ran for a year at the Lillian Theater.

My Psychotherapist Comeback Tour, a one-woman show, was written, directed and performed by Ellen. The show won semi-finalist in the Samuel French short play festival. It ran in LA as well as at the Harold Clurman Theater in New York and had a successful run in the New York Fringe Festival. This show inspired Ellen to create a web series, Has Anyone Seen Dr. Jeannee Sebel, which is in development.

 

 

 

Sylvia’s Just Sayin’ is a comedy web series. Ellen stars as the comedy character Sylvia Utnik, an extremely opinionated and outspoken single lady. Being in the “NOW” is of the utmost importance to her. This important show combats ageism with a wonderful inspiring feisty character. You will laugh your tushie off watching Sylvia live life to the fullest. She is all about “Gossipin’… Gabbin’… Gigglin’ and Gettin’ Real!”

Lulu Productions

Under the banner of Lulu Productions Ellen has produced award winning films, web series, music videos, documentaries, theatre and is developing several new projects. All of Ellen’s endeavors share her passion as a humanitarian and highlight social issues with a lifeline of humor.

The adventures of Ronald and Edgar

 

 

 

 

Her latest project, The Adventures of Ronald and Edgar is a half-hour dramedy series in the vein of The Odd Couple, just a little odder. It’s about two high functioning men with developmental disabilities, who together take on the world! Adapted from Ellen’s international award winning short film, Waiting For Ronald. The Adventures of Ronald and Edgar is an entertaining and important show that celebrates friendship, courage and new beginnings. It will appeal to a wide audience because everyone wants to belong, just like Ronald and Edgar. The time is now for this show with a blended cast of actors with disabilities and without. It is a true example of Diversity with a capital “D”.

 

Globe Trotting From Home With L.E Sue, is a web-series where L.E Sue travels around the world…not once leaving her home! Like so many Americans L.E Sue can’t stand the hassle and hates the expense of traveling, so L.E Sue has discovered the benefits of ‘GLOBETROTTING FROM HOME’. Statistics show that two-thirds of employed Americans are not using vacations to travel! Many can’t afford to travel, some may not be physically able to travel, and still others may be staying home to care for a loved one. The ‘staycation’ is becoming more and more popular. A unique, entertaining show to watch with friends or family, enjoy an international dinner party while taking a trip from home with L.E Sue, or for people who are unable to travel, but would like to think they have. L.E Sue is the Global Guru who takes you on a “STAYCATION” to your dream destination.

Globetrotting from HomeHas Anyone Seen Dr. Jeannee Sebel, a web-series based on the comedic character from Ellen’s award winning one women show My Psychotherapy Comeback Tour. It is about the search for Dr. Jeannee Sebel the brilliant, zany, Beverly Hills Psychotherapist, renowned for her development of quirky alternative modalities, “The Therapist to the Stars”. Dr. Sebel, has dropped out and become homeless, triggering an epiphany that her life’s calling is to help those who can least afford it, becoming “The Therapist on the Street”. This one of a kind mocumentary web series, shares the stories of everyday hero’s that happen to be homeless. Dr. Jeanee Sebel shows us how “everyone deserves to be happy”.

Waiting For Ronald a short film about a 34 year old developmentally disabled man who leaves the institution where he has spent most of his years, he takes his suitcase, fears, anxiety and humor to meet his best friend and start a new life. Ellen wrote and directed this international award winning short film (35 mm), and selected disabled and non-disabled actors for a blended cast.

The film enjoyed a long festival run in over 30 film festivals. With official selection at Boston Film Festival, Temecula International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and Foyle Film Festival Ireland and many more. (For a full list of festivals click here)

Awards:

  • Audience Choice Best Short Methodfest Film Festival
  • Jody Clark Best Lead Actor in a Short Methodfest Film Festival
  • Gold Remi Motivational Award WorldFest Film Festival
  • Worldfest Film Festival
  • Honorable Mention Picture This Film Festival Canada
  • Picture This Film Festival Canada
  • Best Film – 2nd Place Hollywood Spiritual Film Festival
  • Hollywood Spiritual Film Festival
  • Finalist (Best Short Film) Indie Producers Award Gala
  • Best Editing Blue November Film Festival
  • Award of Merit Best Shorts Competition

Come Away With Me a short film directed by Ellen is about an inter-racial couple, sweethearts in the sixties, who were torn apart by war and social pressure. Anne goes to her high school reunion with hopes of rekindling the romance with Michael, a war hero suffering from PTSD and Alzheimer’s, who is the love of her life. Ellen plays Anne and Michael is played by Charlie Robinson (Night Court, Antwon Fisher, Hart of Dixie).

Ellen was so touched by this heartfelt love story that she felt inspired to create Michael and Anne’s high school love song, “Come Away With Me Tonight”. It was the first time Ellen had written and produced a song Ralph Guzzo co-produced the song and laid down the guitar tracks. Performed by Hollie Cavanagh, finalist on American Idol, with horns by Luis Eric Gonzalez (Earth, Wind and Fire) and Trombone by Humberto Ruiz. Ellen crossed that off her bucket list. (Click to watch music video).

 

The Making of “Come Away With Me” Documentary is two fold. The creative process of making the film with an all female crew with interviews with the editor/co producer, award winning Julie Janata, award winning cinematographer Polly Morgan and the cast. The documentary captures the extraordinary experience of recording the original song. There are interviews with Catherine Grealish composer, Music producer Ralph Guzzo and the musicians. The documentary shows the amazing relationships formed, as well as the fun and humor of the production.

Come Away With Me, has been in over 35 festivals including official selection at Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase, Newport Beach Film Festival, Hollyshorts Film Festival, Carmel International Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival and Athens International Film and Video Festival. (For a full list of festivals click here)

Awards:

  • The Robert Prosky Character Actor Award, Cape May Film Festival for Ellen Gerstein
  • Best Director, Atlanta Shortsfest
  • Best Short Film Carmel International Film Festival
  • Jury Selection Award, Lady Filmmakers Film Festival
  • Best Short Film, Imagine This Women’s International Film Festival
  • Grand Jury Selection, Gasparilla International Film Festival
  • Charlie Robinson Best Actor Male, Connect Film Festival
  • Best of Show, Best Shorts Competition
  • Grand Jury Selection, Gasparilla International Film Festival
  • Award of Excellence, Best Short Competition
  • Best Sound and Music, Connect Film Festival
  • The Audience Choice Award, HollyShorts Monthly Screenings
  • Best Short Film Prize, Best Dramatic Short, Wine Country Film Festival
  • Jury Award, Best Short Film, Toronto Independent Film Festival
  • Directors Award, Best Actor In A Short Film Charlie Robinson
  • Platinum Award, Spotlight Short Film Awards
  • Platinum Remi Award, Best Drama Short Film, Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival

 

Silent Laughter is a half hour short film from the Women’s Directing Workshop at AFI.  This film is about a stand-up comic who picks on the wrong audience member. Unbeknownst to her, she befriends that very person and ends up fighting for her life. Ellen wrote, co-produced and played the lead.

Ellen has produced, directed and acted in theater in Los Angeles. She originated characters including: Ruthie in Potroast at the Actors Gang; Shirley in Sit and Shiver, a play by Steven Berkoff, at the Odyssey; Rosalie in the play Angel Share at the Tiffany, with Paula Prentiss. She co-wrote and co-produced Club Disco an interactive play and created the character, Angie. The show ran for a year at the Lillian Theater.

My Psychotherapist Comeback Tour, a one-woman show, was written, directed and performed by Ellen. The show won semi-finalist in the Samuel French short play festival. It ran in LA as well as at the Harold Clurman Theater in New York and had a successful run in the New York Fringe Festival. This show inspired Ellen to create a web series, Has Anyone Seen Dr. Jeannee Sebel, which is in development.

 

 

 

Sylvia’s Just Sayin’ is a comedy web series. Ellen stars as the comedy character Sylvia Utnik, an extremely opinionated and outspoken single lady. Being in the “NOW” is of the utmost importance to her. This important show combats ageism with a wonderful inspiring feisty character. You will laugh your tushie off watching Sylvia live life to the fullest. She is all about “Gossipin’… Gabbin’… Gigglin’ and Gettin’ Real!”

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