Ellie Kanner is a prolific director with a slew of diverse feature films and TV shows to her credit and a plethora of A-list talent contacts due to her illustrious career as a casting director (Friends, Sex and the City, Dawson's Creek, etc.).
She directed Dropping the Soap, a show on Amazon, starring Jane Lynch, Missi Pyle and Patrick Fabian. Jane Lynch won an Emmy for this short form comedy series (watch it HERE).
Kanner directed and produced the ensemble comedy feature Authors Anonymous, starring Kaley Cuoco, Jonathan Banks, Dennis Farina, Tricia Helfer and Teri Polo, distributed by Screen Media Films & Starz Digital and she was also recently hired to direct two Hallmark movies: Love on the Menu, starring Autumn Reeser and Sunshine (currently in production).
Her Israeli gangster film For the Love of Money starring Jeffrey Tambor, James Caan and Steven Bauer, was released through Lion’s Gate and Archstone.
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.
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, Kanner 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 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.
AUTHORS ANONYMOUS, feature film starring Kaley Cuoco, Jonathan Banks, Dennis Farina, Tricia Helfer and Teri Polo, distributed by Screen Media Films & Starz Digital. Click here for a full-length video.
DIRECTOR REEL - COMPILATION
DROPPING THE SOAP - TV show on Amazon starring Jane Lynch, who won an Emmy for this short form comedy series. Click here for a full-length video.
BOSTON LEGAL episode