Building the American Dream

Building the American Dream

Across Texas an unstoppable construction boom drives urban sprawl and luxury high-rises. Its dirty secret: abuse of immigrant labor. BUILDING THE AMERICAN DREAM captures a turning point as a movement forms to fight widespread construction industry injustices. Grieving their son, a Mexican family campaigns for a life-and-death safety ordinance. A Salvadorian electrician couple owed thousands in back pay fights for their children’s future. A bereaved son battles to protect others from his family's preventable tragedy. A story of courage, resilience and community, the film reveals shocking truths about the hardworking immigrants who build the American Dream, of which they are excluded.

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Chelsea Hernandez




Director: Chelsea Hernandez
Executive Producer: Marcy Garriott
Producer: Chelsea Hernandez, Marisol Medrano
Cinematographer: Erik Mauck
Editor: Sarah Garrahan, Chelsea Hernandez
Sound Designer: Gisela Fulla-Silvestre
Music: Gil Talmi
Principal Cast: Claudia, Alex, Gustavo, Jasmine Granillo, Christian
Additional Credits: Consulting Editor: Carla Gutierrez, Story Consultant & Co-Editor: Manuel Tsingaris, Assistant Editor: Jessica Saldaña, Associate Producer & Assistant Editor: Nina Vizcarrondo, Photographer: Moyo Oyelola, Co-Producer: Mario Troncoso, Co-Producer: Iliana Sosa, Additional Cinematography: Juan A. Izaguirre, Assistant Editor: Anna Ramirez


Public Film Contact
Chelsea Hernandez
Panda Bear Films
Publicity Contact
Tracy Nguyen-Chung
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2019
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Documentary
Screening Section: Documentary Spotlight
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: ["United States"]
Language: Spanish, English
Runtime: 75:00 mins