A B O U T
Chelsie Pennello is a Chinese-American independent filmmaker based in Washington, DC. As a writer/director, she enjoys exploring the humanity in offbeat characters and is passionate about Asian American and women representation on film. Her latest narrative short, Mandarins, stars Christine Chang (NBC's New Amsterdam, Lucky Grandma) and Michael Tow (Apple TV's City on Fire, Sound of Metal) and is currently on the 2023 festival circuit, where it world premiered at Oscar-qualifying Cinequest film festival. Her work has screened in major regional film festivals like Oak Cliff Film Festival, Woods Hole Film Festival, Micheaux Film Festival, and more. While attending Syracuse University, her debut student film, KILL GREEN, won the "One to Watch" Award at the 41st Asian American International Film Festival in 2018. As a producer, Chelsie has lead major video campaigns for brands like Amazon, DC Public Schools, International Baccalaureate, and many more.
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