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May 18, 2014

YOU SHOULD KNOW: Ellyn Church

GOSHEN — Ellyn Church became interested in film-making at an early age.

“When I was in first and second grade I did film directing on small things and in high school I did it for larger school projects,” Church said. “I went to Interlochen Arts Academy (in Interlochen, Mich.) and Indiana University to major in film. I have filmed documentaries.”

Church has been the film house director for Goshen Art House since November. The Art House is on the second floor above Back Alley Brewery at 211 S. Main St. in downtown Goshen and opened in January.

“It’s been going really well,” Church said. “I wasn’t sure about the audience (attendance). Goshen is a community of artists and young entrepreneurs and I’ve been working on growing our audiences. People have been responding really well especially with special events.”

She says the timing for her position with the Art House happened last fall while spending some time with her family in Elkhart after volunteering in the East Coast during the summer.

“I’ve never worked for a theater or film acquisitions when I was approached for the job. I was unemployed at the time and I knew it would be a great opportunity for people to see great films than having to go to Chicago and Kalamazoo,” Church said.

Her connection with the Art House began when it was originally known as New World Arts with a focus on theater and arts, she added.

“I got involved and was a consultant at the time,” Church said. “I have been a filmmaker and been in the film world.”

She was an associate producer for the documentary, “Medora,” which chronicles a high school basketball team’s struggle to win a game as the small, southern Indiana town faces extinction. “Medora” was named one of The Washington Post’s Top 20 films of 2013.

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