Ela Thier wrote, directed, produced and performed in her feature film "Tomorrow Ever After" (2017) winning major festival awards and critical acclaim. Her award-winning feature, "Foreign Letters", distributed by Film Movement (2012), screened at over 140 festivals world-wide. Thier directed over a dozen short films winning numerous Best Short awards. Her short, "A Summer Rain", became a YouTube sensation. Thier also worked as a writer-for-hire on "Puncture", starring Chris Evans (2011), and "The Wedding Cow", a rom-com produced by a major German TV network (2000). She has been teaching screenwriting, film directing, acting and producing under the alias of "The Independent Film School" since 2006.