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Robert De Niro stars in JR’s new short called Ellis. The 14 minute film resurrects the lives of thousands of immigrants who fled their countries that were over run by dictatorship and poverty, in hopes of a better life. The back drop of a smoggy New York city is accompanied by Robert De Niro who awakens the past of those who arrived at Ellis Island, the gateway into the U.S. Ellis is a short but powerful and emotive film. It captures the stories of all the immigrants who passed through Ellis Island hospital awaiting their fate. The haunting depiction was scripted by Eric Roth and premiers at The New Yorker Festival on October 4th.