Breaking the News
Director: Chelsea Hernandez, Heather Courtney, Princess A. Hairston Run Time: 99 min. Release Year: 2023
Emily Ramshaw and Amanda Zamora wanted to do something radical about the white men dominating newsrooms. “70% of policy and politics editors are men, almost all of them are white,” says Emily. “These are the people deciding which stories are told, who is telling them, and whether they will be on the front page or the back page, if they get there at all.” So, Emily and Amanda along with Editor-at-Large Errin Haines and a scrappy group of fearless women and LGBTQ+ journalists band together to buck the status quo and launch The 19th*, a digital news start-up.
Named after the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote, but with an asterisk to acknowledge the Black women and women of color who were omitted, the 19th’s work is guided everyday by the asterisk – asking who is being omitted from the story, and how can they be included.
Stay for a special Q&A following the film with Co – Director/Producer/Cinematographer Chelsea Hernandez.
Chelsea Hernandez is an Emmy-nominated Mexican-American Director and Producer based in Texas. Named as DOC NYC’s 2021 40 Under 40 Class, she is a 2021 Telly Award Winner for her feature documentary BUILDING THE AMERICAN DREAM (SXSW 2019) which was also nominated for a National Emmy® the same year. Chelsea’s producing work spans over 15 years in television and film including PBS special, FIXING THE FUTURE, hosted by NPR’s David Brancaccio and directed by Ellen Spiro; UNITED TACOS OF AMERICA (El Rey Network series); and THAT ANIMAL RESCUE SHOW executive produced by Richard Linklater (CBS All-Access). Chelsea co-directed/produced the short documentary, AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE (2018 SXSW Texas Short Jury Winner, Field of Vision, Firelight Media). Chelsea is an 8-time Emmy-nominated editor and producer in the Texas region for her work on PBS’ ARTS IN CONTEXT docuseries. BREAKING THE NEWS is her second feature documentary. She is a WarnerMedia 150 Artist for a fiction film in development. Chelsea is a former fellow of Firelight Media Doc Lab, BAVC, Tribeca All Access and NALIP Latino Media Market. She is also a founding member of Tejanas in Film, a collective that aims to empower Latina filmmakers who identify as Tejanas.