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Ela Thier

Ela Thier is the writer, director, producer, lead actor, and editor of Tomorrow Ever After. She has been described by industry insiders as a powerful new voice in independent American cinema. Thier is known for creating laugh-out-loud comedies that surprise audiences by evolving into heartbreaking dramas with profound messages about the human condition. Her strength is in portraying human struggles with humor, while highlighting the best of humanity and instilling hope. She is also known for the diversity of her casting, which brings with it unexpected freshness.

Thier's award-winning feature, Foreign Letters, is a memoir about her own immigration experience. The film has shown in over 140 film festivals world-wide, and was released by Film Movement and Go2Films (2012). While the film is about tween girls, it brings even "cool" teen boys and grown men to tears. Thier wrote and directed over a dozen short films winning numerous Best Short awards. Her film, A Summer Rain, screened at hundreds of venues world-wide and became a YouTube sensation.

Thier was a writer-for-hire on Puncture, starring Chris Evans, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. She also wrote The Wedding Cow, a romantic comedy produced by a major German TV network (2000), winning eighteen international awards including several "Best Feature" and "Audience Choice" Awards. She teaches popular screenwriting, film directing and producing workshops in New York City under the alias of The Independent Film School. Her workshops are known for bringing artists together in the spirit of support and community rather than competition.

My Speakers Sessions

Saturday, September 2

3:00pm PDT