DIRECTOR + CINEMATOGRAPHER
Originally from Australia, Christel is an LA based director, cinematographer and producer, dedicated to innovative, socially conscious and comedic storytelling. She's filmed across five continents and nine languages, capturing compelling images and powerful stories - from slums in Kolkata to rural villages in Malawi, dominatrix dungeons in Manhattan and boardrooms of Capitol Hill.
Her portfolio includes work for Revelations, The White House, PBS, Participant/SoulPancake, The Academy of Motion Pictures, Fusion TV
Overbrook, Wayfarer Ent, Upworthy, and The Charity Network/2929.
Christel's first experience as a documentarian was at 17 when she set off to Zimbabwe, Egypt and Kenya with a camera to explore how female genital mutilation impacts the lives of women and girls.
Christel graduated with a BA in Communications: Creative Writing from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), and studied International Journalism and Documentary Film at the University of Westminster, London. She has also worked extensively with human rights organizations throughout India, USA, UK and Africa.
She began her career by working as a camera assistant on Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman and Michelle Obama's White House PSA Joining Forces with Hanks, Spielberg and Oprah. She's also worked on feature-length narrative films, documentaries, music videos and commercials for demanding agencies, global brands and non-profit organizations - from micro to multi-million dollar budgets.
Christel is a former professional dancer having danced in videos for artists Kylie Minogue, Adam Lambert and Maroon 5. She still dances: tap, hip hop and angry ballet, much to the dismay of her neighbors.
Christel is repped by agents Matt Chazen and Jacy Schleier at CAA
Recently wrapped The Grief Project - a feature doc for PBS/WPSU
Currently forming a filmmaking and fem-tech lab FEMALE FACTORY
Christel forms one half of documentary directing duo BreadnButterfly
Recent press: Aussie Activist Behind the Filmmaker's the Lens in LA