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.

Latest

TV Series Pilot Script

Just South Of Normal (half hour dramedy)

Just South of Normal Centers around two high functioning men with developmental disabilities who together take on the world. As they encounter a society with a broad spectrum of people and experiences you may ask… “Normal”? Who wants to be “NORMAL”? In Just South Of Normal, it is the so-called “disabled” people who help the “abled” people take a risk in life.

Adapted from Ellen’s international award-winning short film, Waiting For Ronald. This 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 show wrestles with social issues while finding humor in life. A blended cast of actors with disabilities and without, it is a true example of diversity.

Feature Film Screenplays

Big Al, Hip Hop and Her (dramedy)

When a career driven psychotherapist’s elderly father lands in her lap, his unlikely friendship with a young rapper, forces her to realize the importance of family. This story conveys how people from different backgrounds have a lot to learn from each other and give to each other. Sometimes we make our own families, and they don’t have to be related by blood.

CookieFace (comedy)

An actress, (Ok, a boutique salesgirl), who on her 40th birthday realizes she is broke, single and her best friend has the career she wants, which leaves her with the decision to give up on life or change it. This was adapted from a one act play, produced by the LA Women’s Theater and performed in the WIF’s scene night.

Bruno and Yetta (animated feature)

A young male dog, street ruffian comes upon an abandoned elderly female dog crying. She explains to him how her life has changed as she has aged. She longs for a life worth living and would rather not be around anymore if this is the way she has to live. She misses the love of her human family. He confides in her how he was ripped away from his mother when he was too young and never had a family. He vows to her that he will find her the perfect home even if they have to go across the country to find it.

Web series

Globe Trotting From Home With L.E Sue (travel show)

Globetrotting from HomeA fun filled show 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 globe trotting trom 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. It is also a unique experience 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.

Sylvia’s Just Sayin’ (comedy)

Sylvia Utnik is an extremely opinionated and outspoken single lady. Being in the “NOW” is of the utmost importance to her. This 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!”

Web series in the works

Has Anyone Seen Dr. Jeannee Sebel

a web-series based on the comedic character from Ellen’s award winning one woman 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. She is, “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, she became, “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. Jeannee Sebel shows us how “everyone deserves to be happy” and of course, everyone needs therapy to be happy!

Past Productions

Short Films

Waiting For Ronald(drama)

a short film about a 34-year-old man with developmental disabilities 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). She 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)

Come Away With Me(drama)

a short film directed by Ellen is about an inter-racial couple, sweethearts in the sixties. A woman goes to her high school reunion with hopes of rekindling the romance with the love of her life. Ellen plays Anne and Michael is played by Charlie Robinson (Night Court, Antwon Fisher, Hart of Dixie).

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)

Ellen was so touched by this love story that she felt inspired to write the couple’s love song, “Come Away With Me Tonight ”.

It was the first time Ellen had written and produced a song. Ralph Guzzo co-produced it 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.

 

The Making of “Come Away With Me” Documentary is twofold. The creative process of making the film with an all-female crew. There are interviews with the editor/co producer, award winning Julie Janata, award winning cinematographer Polly Morgan (The Quiet Place II, Where The Crawdads Sing), and the cast. The documentary captures the experience of recording the original song. There are interviews with Catherine Joy composer, Music co-producer Ralph Guzzo and the musicians. The documentary shows relationships formed, as well as the fun and humor of the production.

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 and ends up fighting for her life. Ellen wrote, co-produced and played the lead.

Theater

My Psychotherapist Comeback Tour, a one-woman show, written and directed by Ellen. Her performance was a tour de force! At the end of the show everyone received a therapy card from Jeannee that entitles them to a private therapy session. 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 the web series, Has Anyone Seen Dr. Jeannee Sebel, which is in development.

Lulu Productions

Latest

TV Series Pilot Script

Just South Of Normal(half hour dramedy)

Just South of Normal

Centers around two high functioning men with developmental disabilities who together take on the world. As they encounter a society with a broad spectrum of people and experiences you may ask… “Normal”? Who wants to be “NORMAL”? In Just South Of Normal, it is the so-called “disabled” people who help the “abled” people take a risk in life.

Adapted from Ellen’s international award-winning short film, Waiting For Ronald. This 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 show wrestles with social issues while finding humor in life. A blended cast of actors with disabilities and without, it is a true example of diversity.

Feature Film Screenplays

Big Al, Hip Hop and Her (dramedy)

When a career driven psychotherapist’s elderly father lands in her lap, his unlikely friendship with a young rapper, forces her to realize the importance of family. This story conveys how people from different backgrounds have a lot to learn from each other and give to each other. Sometimes we make our own families, and they don’t have to be related by blood.

CookieFace (comedy)

An actress, (Ok, a boutique salesgirl), who on her 40th birthday realizes she is broke, single and her best friend has the career she wants, which leaves her with the decision to give up on life or change it. This was adapted from a one act play, produced by the LA Women’s Theater and performed in the WIF’s scene night.

Bruno and Yetta (animated feature)

A young male dog, street ruffian comes upon an abandoned elderly female dog crying. She explains to him how her life has changed as she has aged. She longs for a life worth living and would rather not be around anymore if this is the way she has to live. She misses the love of her human family. He confides in her how he was ripped away from his mother when he was too young and never had a family. He vows to her that he will find her the perfect home even if they have to go across the country to find it.

Web series

Globe Trotting From Home With L.E Sue (travel show)

Globetrotting from Home

A fun filled show 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 globe trotting trom 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. It is also a unique experience 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.

Sylvia’s Just Sayin’ (comedy)

Sylvia Utnik is an extremely opinionated and outspoken single lady. Being in the “NOW” is of the utmost importance to her. This 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!”

Web series in the works

Has Anyone Seen Dr. Jeannee Sebel, a web-series based on the comedic character from Ellen’s award winning one woman 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. She is, “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, she became, “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. Jeannee Sebel shows us how “everyone deserves to be happy” and of course, everyone needs therapy to be happy!

Past Productions

Short Films

Waiting For Ronald(drama)

a short film about a 34-year-old man with developmental disabilities 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). She 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)

Come Away With Me(drama)

a short film directed by Ellen is about an inter-racial couple, sweethearts in the sixties. A woman goes to her high school reunion with hopes of rekindling the romance with the love of her life. Ellen plays Anne and Michael is played by Charlie Robinson (Night Court, Antwon Fisher, Hart of Dixie).

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)

Ellen was so touched by this love story that she felt inspired to write the couple’s love song, “Come Away With Me Tonight ”.

It was the first time Ellen had written and produced a song. Ralph Guzzo co-produced it 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. insert video here

The Making of “Come Away With Me” Documentary is twofold. The creative process of making the film with an all-female crew. There are interviews with the editor/co producer, award winning Julie Janata, award winning cinematographer Polly Morgan (The Quiet Place II, Where The Crawdads Sing), and the cast. The documentary captures the experience of recording the original song. There are interviews with Catherine Joy composer, Music co-producer Ralph Guzzo and the musicians. The documentary shows relationships formed, as well as the fun and humor of the production.

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 and ends up fighting for her life. Ellen wrote, co-produced and played the lead.

Theater

My Psychotherapist Comeback Tour, a one-woman show, written and directed by Ellen. Her performance was a tour de force! At the end of the show everyone received a therapy card from Jeannee that entitles them to a private therapy session. 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 the web series, Has Anyone Seen Dr. Jeannee Sebel, which is in development.