Full Professor, Film and Video Studies, CVPA
Affiliated Faculty Women and Gender Studies
Professor G. Chesler (pronouns they/them) directs, produces, and writes fiction and documentary films that address sexuality, the body, gender and racial justice. Their films have been exhibited at hundreds of film festivals, museums, community centers, and galleries worldwide. They teach courses in fiction directing, screenwriting, and interactive storytelling.
Prof. Chesler’s upcoming documentary film focuses on trans lives during COVID-19, considering what has been experienced by transgender and gender divergent people told through our voices. Their films also include the feature documentary Period: The End of Menstruation that became a cultural touchstone on the changing meaning of menstruation. In their work with other Directors as Producer, Prof. Chesler Produced the feature documentary Out in the Night on a group of Black lesbian and gender divergent friends who were attacked, homophobically, and defended themselves. This was broadcast on PBS and LOGO television and screened in 70 countries through the United Nations’ Free + Equal campaign to combat homophobia and transphobia worldwide. Prof. Chesler co-edited Spirits of Rebellion: Black Cinema from UCLA which won top awards at Blackstar and the African Academy Awards in Nigeria and featured the filmmakers of the first independent film movement by artists of color in the US.
Among Prof. Chesler’s award-winning short fiction films are the queer rom coms The Pick Up and BeauteouS, and melodramas Java and Bye Bi Love. Their work as a screenwriter includes these shorts and feature film scripts. You can view their films at g6pictures.com
Prof. Chesler is a 2023 recipient of a Regional Arts and Culture Council Grant and Purks Foundation award for their documentary on trans lives. They were a Media Arts Fellow awarded by the Washington DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities from 2019-2022. Prof. Chesler worked with filmmakers as an Advisor in the ITVS / NEH Documentary Development Fellowship in 2022-2023.
Prof. Chesler’s scholarship focuses on sound, documentary, and community engaged learning. Prof. Chesler’s new essay “Antiracist Pedagogy Requires Co-Conspirators” published in the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies Teaching Dossier focuses on structural strategies for antiracist teaching practices in film and media instruction. Their recent interviews with parents who are educators “Parenting and Professoring in the Pandemic” appeared in the March 2021 edition of Jump Cut and provides a glimpse into what educators with young children faced during restrictions supporting communal health.
Professor Chesler’s G6 Pix Instagram account features capsule reviews and news on their work G6_Pix on Instagram.
- MFA, Cinema, San Francisco University (Most Distinguished Graduate)
- BA, Anthropology, Minor Women’s Studies, University of Virginia (with Highest Distinction)