Chelsea Hernandez

Photo by Bill Sallans

Photo by Bill Sallans


Chelsea Hernandez is a Mexican-American filmmaker based in Austin, Texas. Her work focuses on the unique perspectives of various issues and topics through the lens of ordinary people who challenge the status quo and injustices in this world. She is a fellow of Firelight Media Doc Lab and Tribeca/A+E Edit Storylab and All Access. Recently named as one of Texas Monthly’s “10 Filmmakers on the Rise.” She is an 8-time Lone Star Emmy winning director, producer and editor.

Building the American Dream, her feature directorial debut, recently premiered at SXSW 2019 with wide acclaim. The Hollywood Reporter called the film “An eye-opener” and “a worthy addition to debates over how we deal with immigrants and what we demand of employers.”

Chelsea was an Associate Producer and Assistant Editor on PBS national broadcast special, Fixing the Future, hosted by David Brancaccio of NPR’s Marketplace, directed by Ellen Spiro (Body of War, Troop 1500) and national 6-part series Ancient Roads from Christ to Constantine directed by Hector Galan (Children of Giant, Chicano). From 2013 to 2016 Chelsea honed her television editing and producing skills as editor and co-producer of Arts In Context, a documentary series produced at KLRU-TV, Austin PBS and distributed by NETA. Broadcast in 80% of the PBS markets nationwide including on the World Channel and in Atlanta, Los Angeles and New York, the series has been nominated and received numerous Emmy awards in the Lone Star region.

Beyond television work, Chelsea has directed and produced various documentary films including the Austin Film Festival Best Short Documentary Winner, See the Dirt. The film also premiered internationally at the oldest film festival in the world, the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Chelsea co-directed a short documentary, An Uncertain Future, for Field of Vision & Firelight Media’s web series “Our 100 Days.” Along with streaming online, the film has screened at film festivals across the country, winning awards at SXSW, Aspen ShortsFest, Dallas International Film Festival and CineFestival.

We are beyond excited to have Chelsea as Transform Film Fest 2019 Featured Keynote Speaker on April 6. #womenarefilmmakers