Chelsea Hernandez - Photograph by Bill Sallans

Chelsea Hernandez - Photograph by Bill Sallans

texas monthly - 10 Filmmakers on the Rise

Here are ten directors—many of them are screenwriters too, and a few are actors as well—who will be making Texas proud for years to come. —Jeff Salamon.

An Austin native who spent the better part of her childhood co-hosting an educational program on public access television, Chelsea Hernandez decamped to New York City for school and quickly scored some valuable industry internships. But when a family health scare brought her back home, Hernandez found herself increasingly drawn to Austin’s filmmaking scene. After spending the past three years as a producer and director at local PBS affiliate KLRU—where she helmed the Emmy-winning documentary series Arts in Context—Hernandez is now shifting into feature-length documentary mode and taking on a slightly bigger task: giving a voice to all Texans.


Tribeca Film Institute Announces Grant Winners For 15th Annual Tribeca All Access Program

EXCLUSIVE: The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) revealed today 10 grant winners for the 15th annual Tribeca All Access (TAA) program, which puts the spotlight on stories from historically underrepresented voices. 

Sarah Montgomery/KUT News

Sarah Montgomery/KUT News


Chelsea Hernandez and Iliana Sosa’s short documentary looks at the world from the perspectives of two women.

Through filming the documentary, Hernandez thought of her own mother and the struggles that she went through in a pregnancy. Hernandez says the women never backed down despite the political atmosphere and the fear of getting separated from their families.

Co-director Chelsea Hernandez and editor Monica Santis - photo by Robert Sims

Co-director Chelsea Hernandez and editor Monica Santis - photo by Robert Sims

INTerview: Chelsea Hernandez, co-director, monica santis, editor, "an uncertain future"

Since President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, Austin has repeatedly found itself a target of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reportedly because of its status as a sanctuary city. Directed by the Austin-based Iliana Sosa and Chelsea Hernandez, the SXSW Film Festival entry An Uncertain Future examines what it means to be an undocumented immigrant in Austin from the perspective of two expectant mothers.


Austin Filmmakers' Short Film 'An Uncertain Future' Chronicles Immigrant Anxiety

Chelsea Hernandez and Iliana Sosa directed documentary putting a human face to the raging debate over immigration amid the Trump era.

AUSTIN, TX — A short film by a pair of Austin-based filmmakers that debuted Thursday documents the angst experienced by undocumented immigrants and their loved ones amid a current political climate seeking to sweep migrants from the U.S.