The immigrant experience has inspired two of the best movies of the last few years in “Brooklyn” and “The Immigrant.” Aided by the talents of Robert De Niro, the short film “Ellis” looks to join that august company. The 15-minute long narrative directed by JR and written by Eric Roth now has a winsome trailer; this being the land of opportunity and all, you’re invited to watch it at your leisure.
Before you get too excited, know that JR is not iconic wrestling commentator Jim Ross but the artist and filmmaker who previously directed the short documentary “Les Bosquets.” Set in the abandoned Ellis Island Hospital, the film “awakens our collective memory, taking you back to the early years of Ellis Island through the experience of one immigrant,” according to its official synopsis. This brief look at “Ellis” features De Niro wandering the halls while ruminating on all the people who’ve passed through before him.
The film also features a soundtrack composed by Woodkid and performed by Nils Frahm. “Ellis” will screen across the country between November 9 – 22, with more than 765 events already scheduled. More information is available on its website.