Deb Ellis is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and educator with over 25 years experience in the field. She continues her active participation in the independent community in Vermont, serving on the board of the Vermont International Film Festival and as an independent producer.
Ellis' documentary, Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train, was short-listed for the 2005 Academy Award/Feature Documentary Category. nominees. The film was released theatrically in late 2004, and is now available on DVD and VOD. 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 in production on two new documentary film: Peace Has No Borders about a group of Iraq and Afghan War resisters from the United States seeking refuge in an increasingly conservative Canada. and End of Love, about the epidemic of youth and young adults being convicted of downloading and distributing child pornography - why is it happening and what does it says about who we are.
Ellis maintains a strong interest in emerging technologies and is particularly interested in how media is used to create community and political strength. In the last couple of years, Ellis has also created video projections as part of theatrical productions. Eliis is interested in considering this area of creation in the future.