Ellen Martinez is a documentary director, producer, and recent Netflix Nonfiction Directing Fellow. She directed and produced AFTER SPRING, a feature documentary about the Syrian refugee crisis. The film was Executive Produced by Jon Stewart, had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, was broadcast on Starz and is the recipient of the Frontline Award for Documentary Journalism. It is now available in 50+ countries around the world. As a producer she and has worked on projects for Imagine Documentaries, Catalyst Films, Participant Media, HBO and PBS. Ellen attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and was an honoree as a Director on DOC NYCs inaugural “40 Under 40” list. She grew up overseas in Dubai, Venezuela and Syria and is now based in Brooklyn, New York.
In some of the most quickly gentrifying neighborhoods in New York City, a group of fearless residents, activists, and nonprofit attorneys fight corrupt landlords for the basic human right to a home.