Directed by Chelsea Hernandez
Feature Documentary released in 2019
Across Texas an unstoppable construction boom drives urban sprawl and luxury high-rises. Its dirty secret: abuse of immigrant labor. BUILDING THE AMERICAN DREAM captures a turning point as a movement forms to fight widespread construction industry injustices. Grieving their son, a Mexican family campaigns for a life-and-death safety ordinance. A Salvadorian electrician couple owed thousands in back pay fights for their children’s future. A bereaved son battles to protect others from his family's preventable tragedy. A story of courage, resilience and community, the film reveals shocking truths about the hardworking immigrants who build the American Dream, of which they are excluded.
In Austin, Texas, two expectant mothers—one undocumented and one US citizen—must contend with increased ICE raids and mounting hostility towards immigrants under President Trump.
Directed by Chelsea Hernandez and Iliana Sosa
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Director, Producer, Editor
Best Short Doc - 2012 Austin Film Festival
See the Dirt is a short documentary about a young man who, even when they call him weird or strange, sticks to his interests and has become an expert in everything regarding vacuum cleaners. Scott MacMillan is an example of someone who does not let the perceptions from others dissuade him from being himself. (TRT: 15:30)
2013 Edinburgh International Film Festival
2013 SXSW Austin Film Society Shortcase
2013 Atlanta Film Festival
2013 Indie Grits Film Festival
2013 Independent Film Festival Boston
2013 Irvine International Film Festival
2013 Woods Hole Film Festival
2013 Marfa Film Festival
Post-Production Supervisor, Assistant Editor
PBS National Broadcast
The compelling six-hour series ANCIENT ROADS FROM CHRIST TO CONSTANTINE charts Christianity's evolution from a small movement to the largest religion in the world, with more than two billion followers. Host Jonathan Phillips, an author and distinguished history professor at Royal Holloway, University of London, journeys into the fascinating world of the early Christians to explore the faith's long struggle and triumph against the odds. He recounts some of Christianity's pivotal moments at the actual locations where they unfolded, including Bethlehem (site of Jesus' birth), Judea (where Jesus preached) and Rome (where Emperor Constantine the Great embraced the faith as his own), among others. Phillips' entertaining and enlightening 12,000-mile odyssey through seven countries in Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East brings the rich history of Christianity to life. Along the way, he meets experts who have devoted their lives to the study of this important historical period. A frequent consultant and on-air presence for BBC radio, BBC television and the History Channel, Jonathan Phillips has authored numerous books on the Crusades, including the recently published Holy Warriors: A Modern History of the Crusades.
Associate Producer, Assistant Editor
PBS National Broadcast
In a one-hour PBS special, Host David Brancaccio visits communities across America using innovative approaches to create jobs and build prosperity in our new economy.
2013 Austin Film Festival Official Selection
After ten years, Delia Perez-Meyer still makes the four-hour drive every week to Livingston, Texas to visit her brother on death row. At first saddened and frustrated by this journey, Delia discovers others unwillingly involved in the prison system who help bring her to a place of redemption and hope. Under the shadow of death, bonds are forged and families made along the road to Livingston.
2010 East Austin Stories
Some of the deepest family roots of East Austin are among the parishoners of Our Lady of Guadalupe church, established in the early 1900s. Reminiscing about the past in the same house they were born and raised, the Salas sisters - Josie, Carmen and Francis - tell how the church was and still is a central part of their lives and the community.
2010 East Austin Stories
A discovery of old photographs in the attic of Raul Aguallo's house, inherited from his aunt, three generations before, reaffirms his families deep Asian and Mexican American roots in Austin, Texas. (TRT: 8:26)
City of Austin "Faces of Austin" selection
2010 Cine Las Americas Film Festival