Building the American Dream

In the shadow of Texas’s lucrative building boom, immigrant workers are on a downward spiral to poverty, illness, and death. BUILDING THE AMERICAN DREAM explores intimate stories from the frontlines of the construction industry, as undocumented immigrants fight for their basic rights.

Chelsea Hernandez Chelsea Hernandez
Director, Producer

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... more»

Marcy Garriott Marcy Garriott
Executive Producer

Independent documentary filmmaker based in Austin Texas, Marcy Garriott produced and directed award-winning film INSIDE THE CIRCLE, and produced THE LEAST OF THESE, and AN UNREAL DREAM: THE... more»

Marisol Medrano

Born in Mexico City and a graduate from The University of Texas at Austin, Marisol has produced projects that closely relate to the filmmakers’ cultural diversity and personal interest. She has... more»

Mario Troncoso Mario Troncoso

Mario Troncoso is a 9-time Emmy award-winning filmmaker, producer and director of the documentary series ARTS IN CONTEXT (PBS) and Executive Director of The Documentary Society (Doculab). With... more»

Sarah Garrahan Sarah Garrahan

Sarah Garrahan is a documentary producer and editor from San Antonio, Texas. She holds an MA in Creative Documentary from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and an MFA from Duke University in the... more»

Additional Credits

Marisol Medrano (Producer)

Photo Credit: Moyo Oyelola

Genre: Documentary