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About the Film

"Ellen" is a suspenseful thriller that follows a teenaged girl, already consumed by self-doubt, as she struggles to summon the courage to escape the horrific circumstances forced upon her by a deranged yet domesticated kidnapper.

About the Filmmaker

Portrait of Kyle Hausmann-Stokes.

SSG Kyle Hausmann-Stokes (U.S. Army Ret.) served five years in the Army's Airborne Infantry and as a Squad Leader/Convoy Commander during a yearlong combat tour in Iraq. For his meritorious service and actions under fire, SSG Hausmann-Stokes was awarded the Bronze Star. Dedicated to "telling the soldier's story," Kyle completed film studies and received honors at ASU, UCLA, Universidad de Madrid, and in 2010, completed his degree at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Kyle's soldier-centered films have won various awards at national film festivals, and his
autobiographical PTSD short ("Now, After") was so well received by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that it is currently used in hospitals, universities, police stations, and courtrooms across the country. Kyle is frequently booked by groups and federal/academic organizations to show the film and speak to audiences about the effects of PTSD and the process of readjustment following a combat deployment.

Kyle is the owner/operator of Blue Three Productions, a service-disabled veteran-owned film/video production company. He works with organizations such as the Department of Veterans Affairs to create military- and veteran-related content for range of private, non-profit, and governmental clients. Narrative features, shorts, documentary, and music videos also continue to be a part of Kyle's eclectic body of work