Panelist

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Kirk Ellis  won two Emmys, a WGA Award, a Peabody and the Humanitas Prize for his work as writer and co-executive producer on the HBO miniseries “John Adams.” The miniseries won a record breaking 13 Emmys in total, as well as four Golden Globe awards.  Previously,  Ellis received an Emmy nomination and won the WGA Award and Humanitas Prize for the ABC miniseries “Anne Frank,” which he wrote and co-produced. Miniseries on which he has served as writer and producer have garnered more than 50 Emmy nominations.

Currently, Ellis is writing “Bound for the Promised Land,” a film for HBO about Harriet Tubman, to star Oscar-nominated actress Viola Davis. For WGN and producer Bryan Cranston, Ellis is also writing “Drill,” a dramatic series set amidst US Army basic training in Ft. Jackson. He is also collaborating with producer Tim Kring (“Heroes”) and Imperative Entertainment for “Explorers,” a limited series based on the great explorations of the 19th and early 20th centuries, commencing with Burton and Speke and the Quest for the Nile.

Upcoming motion picture projects include the bilingual feature “El Democrata,” based on the life of Mexican Revolutionary hero Francisco Madero, and a biography of the Marquis de Lafayette for director Jean-Francois Richet (“Mesrine”) and Why Not Productions. Ellis is also co-author of “The Order: 1886,” a history-based videogame for Sony, which debuted to record sales in February 2015. With Santa Fe-based Atalaya Productions, he is developing the television series “The Harvey Girls” and “In the Kingdom of Ice,” based on the best-selling non-fiction adventure by Hampton Sides.

Ellis’  collaboration with Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks on the miniseries “Into the West” brought him the Western Writers of America’s Golden Spur Award for Best Drama Script for the episode “Hell on Wheels.” He also received the Wrangler Award for Best Television Feature from the National Western Heritage Museum for his work on the miniseries, on which Ellis served as writer and supervising producer.

A graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema and Television,  Ellis began his professional career as a film critic for The Hollywood Reporter, and at age 24 served as the magazine’s international editor.  In 1992 he formed Shadow Catcher Productions, an independent production banner under which Ellis develops his own indie features and documentaries. Ellis made his feature film debut writing and co-producing “The Grass Harp,” based on the coming-of-age novel by Truman Capote.

A former co-governor of the writers’ branch of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Ellis served for four years as chairman of the Santa Fe, New Mexico Arts Commission. Recently elected vice-president of the Western Writers of America, he also sits on the advisory board of Richmond, Virginia-based James River Writers.

Upcoming Events

Feb
6
Tue
2018
5:30 pm Tune Up Tuesday @ Hotel Santa Fe
Tune Up Tuesday @ Hotel Santa Fe
Feb 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Tune Up Tuesday @ Hotel Santa Fe | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
Join New Mexico Film Industry Tune Up Tuesday kick off event at Hotel Santa Fe in the Kiva ballroom. A special Guest to be announced!
Feb
9
Fri
2018
12:00 pm Acting Workshop with Leading Coach @ Hotel Santa Fe
Acting Workshop with Leading Coach @ Hotel Santa Fe
Feb 9 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Acting Workshop with Leading Coach @ Hotel Santa Fe | Nuevo Laredo | Tamaulipas | Mexico
Anyone can be taught to deliver a believable performance on camera, but not everyone can move an audience. In this intensive lecture and workshop award-winning film director Graham Cantwell will outline a system of working for the screen...
4:00 pm Women of a Certain Age in Film a... @ Hotel Santa Fe
Women of a Certain Age in Film a... @ Hotel Santa Fe
Feb 9 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Women of a Certain Age in Film and TV Panel @ Hotel Santa Fe | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE PANEL What are the growing opportunities for women over 50 in the Film and Television market? As more films are being written and directed by women, are the roles for older women becoming...
Feb
10
Sat
2018
11:30 am Panel: Empowering Women in the N... @ Center for Contemporary Arts
Panel: Empowering Women in the N... @ Center for Contemporary Arts
Feb 10 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Panel: Empowering Women in the New Mexico Film Industry @ Center for Contemporary Arts | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
Featuring Mentors, Mentees, and Judges from the New Mexico Girls Make Movies (NMGMM) program, this panel will focus on women starting out in the film industry or looking to move to next level. From networking and competitions to...
1:30 pm Conversation with Melanie Mayron @ The Screen
Conversation with Melanie Mayron @ The Screen
Feb 10 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Conversation with Melanie Mayron @ The Screen | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
Join Melanie Mayron will join SFFF Programmer Aaron Leventman for a discussion of her career followed by a conversation with the audience. Melanie Mayron  best known for her Emmy-winning role on TV’s Thirtysomething will be honored at the Santa Fe...