ELLIS awakens our collective memory, taking you back to the early years of Ellis Island through the experience of one immigrant.
Set in the abandoned Ellis Island Hospital complex and using JR’s UNFRAMED art installations, ELLIS tells the forgotten story of the immigrants who built America. It is the story of the ghosts of our countries past, the individuals who fled poverty, discrimination, and dictatorships, for a chance at a new life and eerily foreshadows the plight of those who currently seek the same opportunities and safety in this country and other parts of the world.
The short narrative film stars Academy Award® Winner Robert De Niro, is written by Academy Award® winner Eric Roth, and is directed by the artist JR.
For more on how ELLIS was made, check out Tribeca.
Since co-founding Tribeca Productions with Robert De Niro in 1988, Jane Rosenthal has distinguished herself as a leading film producer with a roster of both critically and commercially acclaimed work.
In 2001, in an effort to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of lower Manhattan, Rosenthal co-founded the Tribeca Film Festival.
Eric Roth won an Academy Award® and a Writers Guild of America Award for his screenplay for the Oscar-winning Best Picture Forrest Gump, directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks. Mr. Roth received Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominations for his screenplays for The Insider, Munich, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. His work includes Michael Mann’s Ali; The Good Shepherd, directed by Robert De Niro; and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, which was nominated for Best Picture. He was awarded the Writers Guild’s Laurel Award for Lifetime Achievement in Screenwriting in 2012.
Currently, Mr. Roth is executive producer with David Fincher on Netflix’s House Of Cards, which is in its fourth season and has received three Emmy nominations for Best Dramatic Series. Mr. Roth is also writing Cleopatra, for Angelina Jolie at Sony, In The Garden of Beasts, for Tom Hanks and Universal, and The Frontiersman, for producer Scott Rudin and Warner Brothers. He is producing Unarmed, a series about young soldiers, amputees, in an American military hospital, with Sarah Timberman for Warner Brothers Television, written by National Book Award Winner Denis Johnson.
One of Mr. Roth’s proudest achievements is the work he was able to do on ELLIS for JR and Robert De Niro. Many of Mr. Roth’s family arrived in America through Ellis Island in 1894.
From November 9th-22nd, artists, activists, educators and passionate individuals across the country will host screening installation events of ELLIS. From spoken word nights to debates on immigration reform, and from film festivals to rogue graffiti-style projections, we will all collectively remember the foundations of our country through ELLIS.
Over 765 screenings are already scheduled from November 9th to 22nd. If you want to host a screening of ELLIS for at least 30 people, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We have created a discussion guide to lead the conversation, you can download it here.
Featuring Academy Award® Winner Robert De Niro
Directed by JR
Written by Academy Award® Winner Eric Roth
Produced by JR and Jane Rosenthal
Executive Producers Catherine and Niklas Zennström, Emerson Collective
Producers Guillaume Lefrançois, Marc Azoulay, Sol Guy, and Émile Abinal
Original Music by Woodkid
Performed by Nils Frahm
Cinematographer André Chemetoff
Edited by Maxime Pozzi-Garcia
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