Independent filmmaker best known for the documentary "You Can't be Neutral on a Moving Train", which covers the life and work of activist and historian Howard Zinn. President of the Vermont International Film Festival and faculty member at several Vermont colleges.
Deb Ellis is a teacher, filmmaker, and social activist. Born in Vermont, Deb spent 14 years in Chicago working in the independent film community before returning to her home state and bringing her knowledge of documentary filmmaking and social awareness to local colleges all over the state. Deb has taught in a number of colleges and universities around Vermont, including UVM, Burlington College, Middlebury, and Champlain.
In 2004, Deb Ellis and fellow filmmaker Denis Mueller co-produced and directed the documentary "You Can't be Neutral on a Moving Train," which covers the life and work of activist and historian Howard Zinn. The documentary premiered at the Vermont International Film Festival in 2003 with Howard Zinn attending for a panel discussion after the screening. The film went on to win "Best Documentary" at the Provincetown International Film Festival.
Currently Deb Ellis is acting board president of the Vermont International Film Festival, and is a member of the University of Vermont film department. Her current endeavor is the documentary "Peace has no Borders", a film which studies Iraq War veterans and resistors who chose to flee across the Canadian border in lieu of deployment.
Organizations or Movements
- President of the Vermont International Film Festival
- Vermont Arts Council
- College professor
- Social Activist
- BA, Lawrence University
- MFA, Northwestern University