The Mentorship Program

The AT&T Hello Lab Mentorship Program is all about the next generation of storytellers. It pairs entertainment industry leaders with aspiring filmmakers from groups traditionally underrepresented in entertainment as they create films showcasing authentic stories.

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Mentee Bios

Sean Frank Mentorship project director

Sean Frank | Further Away

Sean Frank is a London raised, New-York based filmmaker and creative director. His interest is rooted in real, relatable environments, situations and subcultures that combine cinematic compositions with inspirational stories. A graduate of both Goldsmiths and Central St Martins, Frank’s films have been nominated and screened internationally. Some of Frank’s work to date includes his short film “Every Kind of Way” for artist H.E.R, Nowness short; Crazy legs and most recently music documentary “Mas Fuerte.”

Melisa Resch Headshot Mentorship Program Director

Melisa Resch | The Line

Melisa Resch is a graduate of DePaul University’s Digital Cinema program, where she obtained an MS in film. She has written, directed and produced several short films. For the last two years she worked at Freedom Road Productions as a Creative Executive, working on both film and TV projects. During her tenure she’s worked on a variety of projects for Freedom Road including the critically acclaimed, “The Chi” for Showtime and the feature documentary, “They Fight” by director Andrew Renzi. Melisa previously served as executive assistant to Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe winning hip hop artist and actor Common.

Tazbah Rose Chavez | Your Name Isn’t English

Tazbah is a Los Angeles-based multi-media artist working in the disciplines of film, music, performance poetry, and artistic direction. She is Nüümü (Paiute), Diné (Navajo), and San Carlos Apache, originally from the Bishop Paiute Reservation in Payahüünadü (Bishop, Ca). She wrote and directed her first film at age 16. “Composure,” a short experimental documentary combining film, music, and spoken word which went on to be showcased at film festivals internationally. Her most recent work as a writer and poet includes writing the script for Nike N7’s Dare to Rise for Equality campaign, and as the ongoing artistic director, writer, and producer for the B. Yellowtail fashion brand’s video marketing campaigns.

Chelsea Winstanley Director Headshot Mentorship Program

Chelsea Winstanley | Little King

Chelsea Winstanley is a filmmaker, mother of 3 and hails from the beautiful country of Aotearoa, New Zealand. She has been making films for over a decade as both a producer and director. As a producer, she screened short films in competition at Cannes, Berlin and Sundance. In 2014, she produced the cult mockumentary “What We Do In The Shadows” written and directed by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement. Last year she made her directorial debut with a film called “WARU.” It was one of 8 shorts weaved together to make a feature and all the directors were women and of Māori decent. “WARU” internationally premiered at TIFF. She is currently in post-production with a feature documentary about the incredible Māori filmmaker Merata Mita.

Constance Tsang | October Lull

Constance Tsang is an American filmmaker living in New York. She is a graduate of New York University's Gallatin School, where she obtained a B.A. in Individualized Studies, concentrating in Film and Critical Theory. Her previous work includes “Third Party” (2017) and “First Snow” (2018). “October Lull,” her upcoming short, is in production. She is currently a screenwriting and directing MFA candidate at Columbia University, where she will also be Richard Peña's teaching assistant this fall 2018.

 

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