Chelsea Hernandez

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 across the globe. She is an 8-time Emmy winning director, producer and editor in the Texas region for her work on PBS documentary series, "Arts In Context."

Chelsea's short documentary work includes See the Dirt, (2012 Austin Film Festival Best Short Documentary) and An Uncertain Future (2018 SXSW Texas Short Jury Winner, Aspen Shorts Youth Jury Winner, Dallas International Film Festival Best Texas Short Special Mention). Chelsea is currently in post-production on her first feature documentary, "Building the American Dream." She is a fellow of Firelight Media Doc Lab, Tribeca Edit Storylab, Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) National Mediamaker Program and NALIP Latino Media Market. She is also a grant recipient of JustFilms and Tribeca All Access. "Building the American Dream" was the Seed & Spark and Project Greenlight #UntoldStory Contest winner.


Building the American Dream
An Uncertain Future

Program Affiliations

Documentary Lab

Cohort Years

2016-2018 (Documentary Lab)
2017 (OUR 100 DAYS)




Documentary Lab
Our 100 Days

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