Hey, I'm Chelsea!

Austin, Texas

www.buildingtheamericandream.com

 

 

Chelsea Hernandez is a 6-time Emmy winning Director, Producer and Editor in the Lone Star Region, picking up four statues in November of 2015. These awards acknowledged her work on Arts In Context, a documentary series produced by KLRU-TV, Austin PBS. Chelsea has directed and produced various feature and short documentaries including See the Dirt, the Best Short Documentary at the 2013 Austin Film Festival. The film creened at multiple fests across the country and at the Edinburgh Int'l Film Festival in Scotland. She co-produced feature-length documentary The Road to Livingston, which was digitally distributed by FilmRise. Chelsea worked under prolific documentary directors Hector Galan (Children of Giant), Ellen Spiro (Body of War) and Nancy Schiesari (Tattooed Under Fire). Chelsea was Associate Producer and Assistant Editor for national PBS specials NOW ON PBS: Fixing the Future, hosted by NPR Marketplace host David Brancaccio and Ancient Roads from Christ to Constantine, a 6-part hourly historical series. Building the American Dream is her directorial debut.

 

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My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

Endless Light

Fairbanks Feature
Drama, Sci-Fi

Returning home, a bipolar woman attempts to decipher her brother's suicide through occult intervention with Alaska's wilderness.

101%

This project got the green light!

Miles Underwater

San Antonio Feature
Drama, Family

13-year-old Miles is struggling to find where he belongs when an unusual event forces him to face his biggest fear and take a leap of faith.

106%

This project got the green light!

Pozole

Los Angeles Short
Comedy, Drama

Maia prolly killed her Nana.

112%

This project got the green light!

The Mile Ground

Morgantown Feature
Drama, Mystery

The contents of a strange safety deposit box send an opioid addict down a risky road that will lead to her redemption or final destruction

100%

This project got the green light!

The Cold Days of Summer

Utica Feature
Crime, Drama

A boxer battles injury, criminals, and an authoritarian school board to save his scholarship and learn the true cost of the American dream

92%

This project got the green light!

Emma Was Here

Medford Feature
Drama

A terminally-ill woman goes on a trip with friends before deciding whether she will go through with her choice of physician-assisted dying.

96%

This project got the green light!

Nanay Ko 2

Silver Spring Feature
Comedy, Musical

An Asian-American Musical. After her father's sudden passing, Christine must save her parents' restaurant from eviction.

101%

This project got the green light!

Gleahan and the Knaves of Industry

Duluth Feature
Adventure, Comedy

An opportunistic asshole joins the quest of a delusional man who thinks he’s in a fantasy world.

80%

This project got the green light!

AUGGIE

Fairfield Feature
Drama, Sci-Fi

Forced into early retirement, a man falls in love with his new augmented reality companion, driving away his wife and daughter.

103%

This project got the green light!

Give And Take

Asheville Feature
Comedy, Documentary

In this sincere comedy about parenting, a father who's lost custody of his rebellious daughter kidnaps her in a plan to save her future.

82%

This project got the green light!

LION KILLER

Houston Feature
Drama

Fighting Solves Everything

109%

This project got the green light!

Parallel Chords

St. Louis Feature
Drama, Music

A young violinist struggles to break free from her pianist father to find her own voice.

115%

This project got the green light!

The Way It Goes

Shawnee Feature
Comedy, Romantic Comedy

Sometimes life just doesn't go as planned.

101%

This project got the green light!

The Inner Edge

Old Bridge Township Feature
Drama, Fantasy

A NJ cop struggling with changes in her life, has to save a suicidal stranger to unlock what powers lie within her.

122%

This project got the green light!

Between Heaven and Hell

Riverside Feature
Drama, Fantasy

On 11/22/63, John F. Kennedy, CS Lewis and Aldous Huxley all died within moments of each other and meet in a place “somewhere beyond death”

91%

This project got the green light!

Drought

Wilmington Feature
Comedy, Drama

The summer after high school, Sam searches for a better life for herself and younger brother with Autism.

101%

This project got the green light!

Project Gaslight

Rochester Feature
Horror, Thriller

New tenants harbor a secret that jeopardizes a young family as the pregnant wife descends into paranoia and delusion.

100%

This project got the green light!

The MisEducation of Bindu

Indianapolis Feature
Comedy, Drama

Thrust into American public school by her mother’s new marriage, a wide-eyed Indian teen teams up with a band geek to survive.

104%

This project got the green light!

Lost Bayou

Lafayette Feature
Drama, Family

A struggling addict ventures out into the Louisiana swamp to discover that her estranged faith healer father is hiding a troubling secret.

118%

This project got the green light!

Little Evil Bookshop

Seattle Feature
Comedy, Satire

When the world's most powerful occult leader visits a modest mystic bookshop, its owner must impress him at all costs.

83%

This project got the green light!

Stormie

Santa Maria Feature
Biography, Drama

An adopted Hispanic teenager looks for his birth family in an attempt to find his place of belonging.

151%

This project got the green light!

Bring Me an Avocado

San Francisco Feature
Drama

When a violent encounter leaves Robin in a coma, her family ventures to maintain normalcy for her children while managing their own grief.

113%

This project got the green light!

Mow

Boston Feature
Comedy, Drama

The film is a grounded comedy that follows a struggling mother and son in the wake of a questionable job termination as they try to pay thei

100%

This project got the green light!

A Room Full of Nothing

Austin Feature
Adventure, Romance

In this Swiss Army Man meets Eternal Sunshine adventure an artistic couple's life takes a bizarre turn when they wake up alone in the world.

105%

This project got the green light!

nēar

Stockton Feature
Crime, Drama

"nēar" follows 17-year-old Julian upon his escape from the hospital on Christmas Eve, the day which is literally the last day of his life.

85%

This project got the green light!

The Place in Between

Austin Feature
Comedy, Drama

What could possibly go wrong when a mom and her teenage daughter meet for the first time on a road trip across TX? . . . Everything.

101%

This project got the green light!

I'll Be Around

Los Angeles Feature
Drama, Comedy

Against the backdrop of a post-punk music festival, a handful of 30-somethings deal with a wide variety of social and philosophical issues

82%

This project got the green light!

ACID TEST (feature film)

Houston Feature
Comedy, Drama

The absurdly dramatic coming-of-age story of a teenage girl who launches a rebellion when she drops acid and goes home to her parents.

94%

This project got the green light!

This Is Our Home

Media Feature
Drama, Thriller

A struggling couple's weekend getaway goes awry when a child arrives in the middle of the night claiming he's their son.

120%

This project got the green light!

High Note

Friday Harbor Feature
Crime, Musical

Just your everyday druggie, dramedy, indie musical filled to the brim with Germans, Jesus, banjos, bongos, and backstabbings.

82%

This project got the green light!

Test: A Classic American Story....On Steroids

New Philadelphia Feature
Sport, LGBTQ

A young bodybuilder living in Ohio defies his religious mother when he follows the county's best coach into a world of steroid abuse

376%

This project got the green light!

The Atavist

Pittsfield Feature
Adventure, Sci-Fi

A young woman travels to the past, but when the things she leaves alter history, she must get them back to save the future.

292%

This project got the green light!

D.I.Y.

Philadelphia Feature
Comedy, LGBTQ

A queer couple is determined to tie the knot their own way.

125%

This project got the green light!

Big Dog City

San Francisco Feature
Drama, Other

Set within Bay Area art/slacker culture, we follow two characters as they weave across a place and identity which doesn't fit them anymore.

81%

This project got the green light!

What Lies West

Santa Rosa Feature
Adventure, Drama

Two girls desperate to create their own adventure set out into the wilderness of California on a daring hike to the coast.

142%

This project got the green light!

"SURE-FIRE" - Development Funding Phase II

New York Feature
Comedy, Crime

SURE-FIRE is a comedy about a NYC con man having a mid-life crisis who stumbles into becoming a movie producer to pay off gangsters.

152%

This project got the green light!

Palace

Bloomington Feature
Drama

The family-fractured lives of a stubborn mechanic, a retired widower, and a repressed college student intertwine at a bar in rural Indiana.

104%

This project got the green light!

Bedsheet Man

Bradenton Feature
Comedy, Drama

A middle aged man looses his son to suicide only to find a strange way to cope with his grief. He becomes the superhero that his son always

103%

This project got the green light!

White Death

Needham Feature
Drama

A construction worker tries to leave the family business to pursue his life long dream of making a documentary about great white sharks.

160%

This project got the green light!

Epiphany

Tarpon Springs Feature
Drama, Family

A young girl struggles to create a relationship with her father after the death of her aunt who raised her.

103%

This project got the green light!

Mini Lights

Saint Petersburg Feature
Horror

A group of skaters roams the haunted nooks of St. Petersburg Fl. where an unquenchable tragedy watches from the darkness waiting for a host.

155%

This project got the green light!

Xerxes

Jersey City Feature
Sci-Fi, Thriller

While recovering at his estranged childhood home from cochlear implant surgery, Xerxes spirals down the rabbit hole and may never climb out.

80%

This project got the green light!

High

Tabernash Short
Drama, Experimental

An unnerved young mother and a footloose ski bum unearth suppressed desires in a hazardous twist of encounters.

86%

This project got the green light!

worst.christmas.ever.

Youngstown Feature
Comedy, Teen

A dark comedy about a 15-year-old girl whose entire world falls apart after she discovers that she's pregnant on Christmas Eve.

106%

This project got the green light!

A Stray Ember

Lancaster Feature
Drama, Thriller

The agoraphobic victim of a home invasion takes to the road in a motor home, but a figure from her past threatens her new found freedom.

80%

This project got the green light!

Just Like The Men

Bellingham Feature
Comedy, History

Two girls find a lost screenplay and decide to give history the middle finger.

100%

This project got the green light!

Minneapolis (the movie)

Minneapolis Feature
Comedy, Family

A cocky news anchor team gets stuck "mentoring" an at-risk teen. Shenanigans and dastardly weather conditions ensue…

102%

This project got the green light!

WILLIE, JAMALEY & THE CACACOON

Phoenixville Feature
Adventure, Comedy

Two misfits adventure out to prove the existence of a local mythological creature.

80%

This project got the green light!

The Blue Whale

Catoosa Feature
Teen, Drama

In 1980's rural Oklahoma a teenage boy meets a girl from California who helps him break out of his shell and learn the truth of his heritage

93%

This project got the green light!

Fantastic Santa Monaco

Los Angeles Feature
Drama, Satire

A film about a group of performance artists who are looking for love, connection and significance in Los Angeles.

80%

This project got the green light!

Petals & Stems

Austin Short
Romantic Comedy, Shorts Program

The idea that nothing lasts forever rings especially true for a modern florist.

81%

This project got the green light!

Hard-ish Bodies

Austin Short
Comedy, Shorts Program

An ensemble comedy featuring the men and women of Stoney’s Rock Hard Palace - a male strip club with dancers of all shapes and sizes.

150%

This project got the green light!

The Kids

Los Angeles Series
Drama

Bullying. Domestic violence. Drugs. Sexual abuse. Gender identity. Kids have stories, this show will give them a voice.

100%

This project got the green light!

The Fob and I: Season Two

Los Angeles Series
Comedy

A webseries about 2 Indians that are different.

113%

This project got the green light!

Pair of Normals

New York Series
Comedy, Music

An anxious, divorced psychic and a disheveled college dropout cross paths in NYC and struggle to put their disastrous lives back together.

80%

This project got the green light!

Twentyfiveish

Los Angeles Series
Comedy, Drama

Rosie travels with her best friend Tucker for a long weekend, and faces former high school friends as they all face uncertain futures.

100%

This project got the green light!

Hexer

Cardiff Series
Comedy, Drama

A lineage of a thousand female Hexers and he ruined it. Hexer is just your normal story with LGBTQA+ characters, PoC's and blood magic.

100%

This project got the green light!

Root For The Villain

New York Series
Comedy, Drama

In a world where 1% of the population has superpowers, Lana is a young parole officer who works with nonviolent super-villains.

90%

This project got the green light!

Pieces Season 3 Web Series

New York Series
Action, Drama

Pieces is about a group of girls from Brooklyn NY who discovers this secret world of Credit card scamming.

89%

This project got the green light!

TableTalk - Season One

New York Series
Comedy, Fantasy

A group a friends deal with the changing rules of life seen through the lens of their weekly board-game night.

85%

This project got the green light!

Cleaner Daze

Santa Cruz Series
Drama, Transmedia

Jasmine, the new counselor at a Juvenile Drug Treatment Center, struggles to mentor a colorful crew of teenage drug addicts.

106%

This project got the green light!

The Karate Tortoise Series

New York Series
Comedy, Sci-Fi

A Damsel goes on a quest to protect the clumsy superhero, Karate Tortoise, from becoming the lunch of the evil chef, Fatty Bonati.

103%

This project got the green light!

Devoti Tutti

Catania Feature
Documentary

Saint Agatha of Catania was killed for resisting the advances of a Roman governor. Her story has always been told by men — until now.

135%

This project got the green light!

Pin Up! The Movie

Boulder Feature
Documentary, Transmedia

Dangerous. Sexy. All American Girl.

101%

This project got the green light!

Jerry the Peddler

New York Feature
Documentary

Experience the squatting scene on New York City's Lower East Side through the life of its most colorful organizer.

100%

This project got the green light!

Rez Comedy

Red Lake Feature
Documentary

Two Native American Comedians from different reservations head West to break into the comedy mainstream. Soundtrack by Charlie Parr.

100%

This project got the green light!

Shadows of the Valley

El Paso Feature
Documentary

When cartel wars erupt in the Valley of Juarez, a man must risk his life to rescue orphans hiding in the shadows of the Valley of Death.

145%

This project got the green light!

Building the American Dream

Austin Feature
Documentary

In the deadliest state for construction, undocumented workers fight for reform of the Texas industry while under the threat of deportation.

93%

This project got the green light!

A punk Daydream

Los Angeles Feature
Documentary

Indonesia has one of the biggest punk scenes in the world, amidst poverty, pollution and oppression.

101%

This project got the green light!

A Horse of a Different Color

New Orleans Feature
Documentary

The journey I took into the world of a physically disabled blind man struggling to be normal in an able bodied abnormal world.

101%

This project got the green light!

Time Well Spent

Kailua-Kona Feature
Documentary, Sport

A story of four boys who go on the surf trip of a lifetime to discover their worth, and that your past does not define your future.

101%

This project got the green light!

The Great Flip-Off

Philadelphia Feature
Documentary, History

Facing extinction, the last extreme circus bareback riders unite for one final, death-defying performance.

128%

This project got the green light!

Risking Light

Saint Paul Feature
Documentary

A mother embraces her child’s killer. A torture survivor ponders revenge. What is harder, or more crucial, than forgiving the unforgivable?

100%

This project got the green light!

Don't Talk About the Baby

Washington Feature
Documentary

There shouldn't be a stigma surrounding miscarriage, stillbirth or infertility. This has happened to someone you know--Let's talk about it.

95%

This project got the green light!

The Construct: Female Laborers and the Fight for Equality

Yangon Feature
Documentary

The Construct gives a voice to the women physically constructing development in what has been one of the most isolated nations in the world.

85%

This project got the green light!

The Ties That Bind

Chapel Hill Feature
Documentary, LGBTQ

When the youngest sibling unexpectedly “gets real”, an uneasy yet courageous journey of transformation ensues for a Southern family.

103%

This project got the green light!

Hearts of Glass

Jackson Feature
Documentary

The first year in the life of an innovative vertical greenhouse in Jackson, Wyoming that employs community members with disabilities.

111%

This project got the green light!

ANTI-POACHING: Coastal Mozambique

Mozambique Feature
Documentary

Anti-Poaching: Successful Tactics and Strategies.

100%

This project got the green light!

Love, Hate, Church & State

Nashville Feature
Documentary, LGBTQ

Evangelicals rise against LGBT in TN, where politics are preached from the pulpit & both sides fight to define "liberty & justice for all."

133%

This project got the green light!

Rideout: One Last Summit

Chiang Mai Feature
Documentary

The story of a man leaving home to go home.

100%

This project got the green light!

A Queen For The People

New York Feature
Documentary, LGBTQ

Bob the Drag Queen's career is on the rise. Where the hell she off to next?

104%

This project got the green light!

Inner U Diagnosed?

Bethany Feature
Documentary

IUD horror stories flood social media with side-effect forums and self-removal videos raising concerns about the device's actual safety.

84%

This project got the green light!

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