Chelsea holding a Super 8 camera.

Chelsea Wayant is an independent filmmaker from Boulder, Colorado. She graduated from the University of Colorado with a BFA in film production and from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a terminal MFA in film and video production. She has taught at several colleges, including Bennett College in Greensboro, NC, where she taught young women filmmaking, some of whom assisted her on her most recent film, Strength and Beauty, as interns. Her films have played in various festivals around the world.

Throughout her career she has worked in all three forms in her field: the narrative, the documentary, and the experimental film. Regardless of the form her work has always explored the portrayal of women both in front of and behind the camera. Thematically her films most often involve women as central characters.

Strength and Beauty is her second feature film. The film premiered at the Portobello Film Festival in London and will screen in March at the Eye Film Institute in Amersterdam. It was a great privilege for her to be allowed to document the lives of three professional ballerinas at North Carolina Dance Theatre. Her first feature film, Drowning Slowly (2009), won best narrative feature at the Ava Gardner International Film Festival.

Beyond filmmaking and teaching Chelsea also regularly writes for DIY Dancer, an online blog, as well as maintaining her own blog, Cutaways and Close-ups. She lives in Boulder, CO, where she is inspired to pick up a camera by both her home state and the people around her.