Lindsay Carole Ellis
1984 (age 36–37)
Johnson City, Tennessee, U.S.
|Education||New York University (BA)|
University of Southern California (MFA)
|Also known as||Nostalgia Chick|
|Genre||Film criticism, video essay, science fiction|
|Total views||122 million|
|Network||Storied at PBS Digital Studios|
Updated: September 21, 2021
Lindsay Carole Ellis (born 1984) is an American film critic, YouTuber, and author. From 2008 to 2014, she was part of the Channel Awesome production company under the web name The Nostalgia Chick, a counterpart to the Nostalgia Critic. In 2014, Ellis ended her affiliation with Channel Awesome to focus more on long-form video essays. Her debut novel, Axiom's End, published in July 2020, became a New York Times Best Seller.
Life and career
Lindsay Ellis grew up in Johnson City, Tennessee. She received her BA in Film Studies from New York University in 2007 and MFA from USC School of Cinematic Arts in 2011. Along with her friends Elisa Hansen and Antonella "Nella" Inserra, she wrote Awoken, a paranormal romance parody of Twilight about a woman falling in love with Cthulhu, under the alias Serra Elinsen. In 2010, she wrote and directed the documentary short film "The A-Word" about women's experience with abortion. While studying for her MFA, Ellis was selected to host The Nostalgia Chick, a web series based on the Nostalgia Critic; she went on to create over 100 videos as part of the series before leaving in 2014.
On her YouTube channel, Ellis frequently makes videos about Walt Disney Pictures films. Other works include "The Whole Plate," a long-running series examining the Transformers film series and the work of Michael Bay which has received more than 4 million views, and a three-part series about the production of The Hobbit trilogy and its effect on the New Zealand film industry. Her Loose Canon series explores derivations of literary and film characters over time. Since 2017, her focus on her channel has been on video essays about films. Ellis says she most enjoys thinking about "things that are deeply flawed but have this really interesting potential." Her videos are created with a small team of part-time staff.
In addition to covering film topics, she has also created videos on being a YouTube content creator. Ellis also co-hosts the It's Lit! web series, alongside fellow YouTuber Princess Weekes, for PBS Digital Studios, which explores trends in American literature as a companion piece to The Great American Read on PBS itself.
In 2019, Ellis announced her debut novel, Axiom's End, an alternate history set in 2007, planned as the first book in the Noumena series. It was published by St. Martin's Press on July 21, 2020, and entered The New York Times Best Seller list at number 7 on August 9, as well as appearing on the Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. Ellis was subsequently nominated for a Hugo Award for "Best New Writer".
She was one of the founders of the Standard creator community along with Dave Wiskus, CGP Grey, Philipp Dettmer and many other creators. Through Standard, she has released most of her content on Standard's Nebula streaming video service, including an extended cut on Tom Hooper's Les Misérables.
In early 2020, Ellis co-founded MusicalSplaining, a podcast in which she, accompanied by director and illustrator Kaveh Taherian, discusses a different musical every two weeks. It was included in O, The Oprah Magazine's top 20 new podcasts of 2020.
- Noumena series:
- Axiom's End (2020)
- Truth of the Divine (2021)
- Untitled Axiom's End Sequel (2022)
- "About chezapoctube". YouTube.
- Raftery, Brian (March 3, 2019). "How YouTube Made a Star Out of This Super-Smart Film Critic". Wired. Archived from the original on May 4, 2020. Retrieved August 4, 2019.
- Schroeder, Audra (April 4, 2018). "Former contributors allege mismanagement and misconduct at Channel Awesome". The Daily Dot. Archived from the original on March 30, 2019. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
- Bestseller lists:
- "Combined Print & E-Book Fiction". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-08-06.
- "Bestsellers List Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020 By The California Independent Booksellers Alliance", Los Angeles Times, August 4, 2020, archived from the original on August 5, 2020
- "Bestselling Books Week Ended July 25 With data from NPD BookScan", The Wall Street Journal, July 30, 2020
- Metz, Nina (October 5, 2017). "Video essayist Lindsay Ellis takes on Disney". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on December 11, 2017. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
- Kress, Melanie (October 9, 2013). "Awoken – Serra Elinsen". CultureFly (review). Archived from the original on October 17, 2018.
- McCormick, James (April 4, 2011). "James Reviews Lindsay Ellis' The A-Word [Film Review]". CriterionCast. Archived from the original on October 8, 2017. Retrieved August 4, 2019.
- Zakarin, Jordan (July 16, 2018). "Bumblebee Peeing on John Turturro Propelled Lindsay Ellis to Film Criticism Greatness [Ep. #41]". Syfy Wire. Archived from the original on October 29, 2019. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
- Puschmann, Karl (April 26, 2018). "Is The Hobbit trilogy really that bad? Yes – here's why". The New Zealand Herald. Archived from the original on May 4, 2020. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
- Butler, Tom (April 5, 2018). "The Hobbit actor says the films became 'a big punch up, driven by technology' after studio interference". Yahoo! News. Archived from the original on May 25, 2018. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
- "The Case for Fan Fiction (feat. Lindsay Ellis and Princess Weekes) | It's Lit". YouTube. Storied. Retrieved 29 July 2020.
- Vorel, Jim (April 2, 2019). "YouTuber Lindsay Ellis Has Been Nominated for a Hugo Award for Her Acclaimed Hobbit Duology". Paste. Archived from the original on September 1, 2019. Retrieved August 4, 2019.
- "Noumena", Macmillan Publishers, St. Martin's Press
- "Video Essayist Lindsay Ellis Announces Her Debut Novel, Axiom's End". Tor.com. September 5, 2019. Archived from the original on April 28, 2020. Retrieved September 5, 2019.
- Weiss, Geoff (September 6, 2019). "YouTube Media Critic Lindsay Ellis Announces Debut Novel Axiom's End". Tubefilter. Archived from the original on March 6, 2020. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
- O'Donnell, Emily (April 13, 2021). "2021 Hugo Awards Finalists Announced - Comic Years". Comic Years. Retrieved April 17, 2021.
- Hale, James (June 10, 2019). "Creators Can't Always Take Risks With Their Content. That's Why YouTuber Community Standard Built Nebula — A Platform For Its Creators To Experiment". TubeFilter. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
- "Top Patreon Video". Tubefilter. June 23, 2020. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
- Nicolaou, Elena (April 7, 2020). "The Best New Podcasts of 2020 to Get Lost In". O, The Oprah Magazine. Retrieved July 12, 2020.
- Ellis, Lindsay (October 18, 2019). Lindsay Ellis, Video Essayist – XOXO Festival (2019) – via YouTube.
- "How psychology is just catching up with the effects of online hate", WHYY-FM, January 16, 2020
- Di Placido, Dani (July 14, 2020), "The Harper's Letter, Bari Weiss And Tucker Carlson: Why Are We Still Talking About 'Cancel Culture?'", Forbes
- Alexander, Julia (June 5, 2019), "Creators aren't surprised that YouTube won't enforce its own policies against harassment; 'That's a very selectively enforced policy'", The Verge
- Ellis, Lindsay (June 26, 2015). "Bisexual Privilege, Bisexual Erasure". Real Name Brand Lindsay [personal blog]. Archived from the original on June 27, 2015.
- Blaque, Kat (May 24, 2021). "Lindsay Ellis Discusses Bisexual Folks w/ 'Straight Passing Privilege'". True Tea (Podcast). Retrieved May 25, 2021.