About the Writers

Ellie Lee, Director, Animator & Writer

Ellie is an award-winning director, writer & producer of animated, fiction & documentary films, which have screened at the Berlin Film Festival & over a hundred festivals worldwide. She was one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. She is a five-time National Emmy Award nominee & won the 2009 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for excellence in broadcast journalism. As a storyteller, her performances for The Moth have been featured on NPR’s “The Moth Radio Hour,” the “Best of the Moth” CD box set, and at venues such as the MoMA in NY. She is a 2013 Sundance Institute Screenwriters Intensive Fellow. She also proudly serves on the Board of the non-profit Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship.

Peter Michael Dowd, Writer & Co-Creator

Peter escaped the ivory tower of the museum world, where as a curator he organized film retrospectives, wore the required black-rimmed glasses, and even ashamedly uttered words like “Kubrickian” to emerge somewhat unscathed as an comedy writer/director/performer. He recently completed the short documentary “The King of Size,” a portrait of a 40-year old bodybuilder’s seventeen-year, injury-plagued quest to reclaim his title as “Mr. New York.” Peter is currently producing and starring in the profanity-laden web series “Beyond the Mass Pike.” The show chronicles the rise and mostly fall of two Boston Cable Access “reporters” stranded in Hollywood, covering such “major news events” as AdultCon and the capture of Boston gangland icon Whitey Bulger. Peter is training in the Groundlings School, and moving through the Sketch and Improv programs of the Upright Citizens Brigade.

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