Ellie Kanner (Director / Producer)
Ellie Kanner is an industry veteran of more than twenty years, with a slew of diverse films to her credit. Her recently completed feature the ensemble comedy, AUTHORS ANONYMOUS, is the first film for which she both produced and directed. Screen Media Films & Starz Digital released AUTHORS ANONYMOUS on VOD on March 18th and in select theaters April 18th.
Previously, she directed the independent feature, CRAZYLOVE, which debuted at the Hollywood Film Festival and had its American broadcast premiere on Lifetime on Valentine’s Day. Her feature, the dark romantic comedy, WAKE, starring Bijou Phillips, Ian Somerhalder and Danny Masterson, was the opening night film for the prestigious Cinequest Film Festival. Her last film, FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY, an Israeli gangster movie was released through Lion’s Gate and Archstone in 2012.
In addition, she has directed various episodes of prolific television series including BOSTON LEGAL, WILDFIRE and THE DEAD ZONE. Prior to sitting down in the director’s chair, Ellie was an acclaimed casting director. Among her many successes was casting the six lead actors for the pilot and first season of FRIENDS. The show went on to make television history and Kanner received an Artios nomination for the pilot. Her other notable casting credits include the pilots of SEX AND THE CITY, THE DEAD ZONE, and multiple seasons of DAWSON’S CREEK.
She also co-authored two books on auditioning. NEXT! AN ACTOR’S GUIDE TO AUDITIONING and HOW NOT TO AUDITION.Buy Books Available Online at Amazon