Originally from Australia, Christel is a Los Angeles based documentary filmmaker, producer and director dedicated to innovative storytelling
and commercially viable content. She has filmed across five continents and nine languages, capturing compelling images and powerful stories.
Christel is the founder of A19 Pictures, a production company focused
on combining advanced technology and socially-conscious storytelling.
A19 was inspired by Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which asserts the right to freedom of opinion and expression.
She is currently directing a virtual reality documentary about a former prominent gang member of the LA Crips, King Rat who lives on Skidrow.
After becoming paralyzed from a shootout and doing a decade of time,
he is striving to become a pastor, dedicated to ending gang violence.
Her most recent work includes directing the feature documentary Groundwork in Malawi and producing various unscripted television shows.
Christel's first experience as a documentary filmmaker was at 17 when
she filmed throughout Zimbabwe, Kenya and Egypt, exploring how
cultural practices, namely FGM, affects the lives of women and girls.
She graduated with a BA in Communication: Writing & Cultural Studies from the University of Technology, Sydney, and studied International Journalism and Documentary Film at the University of Westminster, UK.
Christel has worked extensively with human rights organizations around the world, especially in Kolkata, India working for children's rights.
She began her career by working as a camera assistant on feature films and White House PSA Joining Forces with Hanks, Spielberg and Oprah.
Christel has also managed and coordinated commercial productions for demanding agencies, global brands and non profit organizations.