In Production: Pain, pleasure, the patriarchy, and everything in between, from the point of view of pussy. In Pussy Politix, Christel finally turns the camera on herself in this surreal and satirical look at the pussy unexplored.
Latest: 4000 Haitians in Tijuana: a 15 minute doc for Soul Pancake. The Office funnyman Rainn Wilson and Haitian Hero Jimmy-Jean Louis head to the US/Mexican border to explore Tijuana's little known Haitian refugee crisis. The project was conceptualized with actor Rainn Wilson and produced in support of Ai Wei Wei’s feature documentary HUMAN FLOW.
Coming soon: roto-animated, true-crime cartoon doc-series King Rat, 2018. Former Crips gang-member King Rat lives on Skidrow. After robbing every KFC in LA, King Rat becomes paralyzed from a shootout and serves a decade of time. Back on the streets, we follow King Rat navigating life underground; juggling homelessness with fatherhood, crime and disability, while striving to become a pastor, dedicated to ending gang violence.
Other recent work includes directing feature documentary Groundwork (2018) in Malawi, Africa (Wayfarer Entertainment) and story producing various unscripted television programs and docu-commercials.
Originally from Australia, Christel is a US based documentary director writer and producer, dedicated to innovative storytelling and commercially viable content. She's filmed across five continents and nine languages, capturing compelling images and powerful stories.
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 affects the lives of women and girls.
Christel graduated with a BA in Communication: Writing & Cultural Studies from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), and studied International Journalism and Documentary Film at the University of Westminster, London. Christel's worked extensively with human rights organizations around the world, especially in Kolkata, India, where she developed an NGO, VITAL For Children.
She began her career by working as a camera assistant on Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman and the official White House PSA Joining Forces with Hanks, Spielberg and Oprah. She's also worked on many feature films, music videos and commercials,
for demanding agencies, global brands and non-profit organizations.
Christel is a former professional dancer having danced 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 24/7.
THE FEMALE FACTORY IS A COLLECTION OF WRITERS, DIRECTORS, PRODUCERS AND INNOVATORS, DELIVERING DISRUPTIVE IDEAS, FROM THE FRONT LINES OF FEMINISM. FOUNDED BY CHRISTEL CORNILSEN, BECAUSE THE PATRIARCHY WONT SMASH ITSELF.