Elle Schneider is a filmmaker, photographer, and writer from New York City. A disciple of Roger Corman and David Lean, she mixes a love of high-octane film with a classical storytelling background. Her work and writing has appeared in Indiewire, Nerdist, The Mary Sue, No Film School, Vanity Fair, Maxim, Paste, and The Los Angeles Times.
She has directed music videos for Gangstagrass, Mock Sun, and most recently Speedy Ortiz, whose My Dead Girl premiered in Vanity Fair, as well as digital commercials and short films. Her films, including Bliss Blue, JKTV, and Cuddle, have played at festivals including Slamdance, Sidewalk, The San Antonio Film Festival, HollyShorts, and Tallgrass. Action comedy Headshots will premiere in 2017.
Her work as cinematographer includes narrative feature 6 Love Stories, and documentaries I am Divine and That Guy Dick Miller, both of which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival. Second-unit shoots include Half the Picture, Return to Class of Nuke ‘Em High Volumes I and II, Robert Klein Still Can’t Stop His Leg, and Auld Lang Syne.
An advocate for women in film and independent filmmakers, Elle has been a juror for The Calgary Underground Film Festival, Alberta Film Awards, the Women In Film finishing fund, and Slamdance, where she organized and programmed two editions of the Fearless Filmmaking Showcase. In 2012 she co-designed the Digital Bolex cinema camera.
Panasonic, Preferred Content, Shout Factory, XYZ Films, Automat Pictures, END Films, Alamo Drafthouse, Digital Bolex, DistribPix, Blue Underground, Code Red, Scorpion Releasing, Troma, and more.
Marguerite Roberts Award for Feature Screenwriting, 2007
Marguerite Roberts Award for Feature Screenwriting, 2008
Big Vision Empty Wallet Fellow, 2015
School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California (BFA)