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Without Arrows

Co-Editor, Doc Feature

Filmed over the course of thirteen years, WITHOUT ARROWS chronicles the vibrance and struggle of a Lakota family.

Delwin Fiddler Jr., a champion grass dancer from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, left his reservation as a young man to escape a trauma that splintered his family and built a new life in Philadelphia. A decade later he abandons it all and returns home to fulfill his mother’s ambition and carry on the legacy of their thiyóšpaye (extended family).

Border South
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Assistant Editor, Doc Feature

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Migrants are forced into more and more dangerous territory as Mexico and the U.S. crack down on immigration. 

Gustavo survives a gunshot wound when he is shot down from atop a train on his journey through Mexico, and Jason, a forensic anthropologist, tries to track down a boy who went missing in the Arizona desert.

Building a Bridge

 Beginning during the Obama presidency, Christopher "Quest" Rainey and his wife, Christine'a "Ma Quest," raise a family while nurturing a community of hip-hop artists in their basement home music studio. 

Co-Editor, Doc Feature

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Named after the book by Father James Martin, Building a Bridge follows a priest on his journey to make the Catholic Church more accepting of the LGBTQ+ community, despite loud opposition from both inside and outside the Church.


 Editor, Series of Doc Shorts 

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A series of short videos for Topic profiling Dreamers, the DACA recipients with uncertain futures in the US. 


Ellen is a documentary editor and filmmaker.  Her work has screened at film festivals in the US and internationally and been broadcast on the Sundance Channel, PBS, the World Channel and AMC+.   Ellen holds an MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University, she was a Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellow, and she is a member of the Alliance of Documentary Film Editors. 


Ellen loves sifting through footage to find moments that reveal character and story.  While she primarily edits, she also wears other hats, such as researcher, camera operator, producer, sound recordist and translator.  She began her career in film as a volunteer in Honduras and she often collaborates on projects that deal with Latin America, and immigration.      


Ellen enjoys building community and exploring her neighborhood, the East Village of NYC.  She organizes everything: video footage, pieces of writing, community events, and her kitchen cabinets. 


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