Chanelle Tyson is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker. She is a native of High Point, North Carolina, which is best known for being the furniture capital of the world and home of American Idol Season 3 winner Fantasia Barrino. But to Chanelle, the 'high point' of living there was leaving there. This is a play of words that she frequently overuses, much to the disdain of loyal North Carolinians.
Chanelle attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where she earned a BFA in Film & Television Production. She is incapable of writing a succinct bio, and blames that on her astrology sign, like all irresponsible people do (#Leo). Below is her failed attempt at brevity:
In 2016, Chanelle was selected as a fellow for the 2016 Outfest Screenwriting Lab for her feature-length screenplay "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times." Select scenes from the script were performed in a live staged reading as a part of the 2016 Outfest Film Festival.
Chanelle wrote and directed a short proof-of-concept for "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times", which was an official selection at the 2018 Silent Salute film festival.
Chanelle has also taught two filmmaking workshops for the Outfest Fusion Festival in 2017 and 2018. Her short film "Eden" won honorable mention in the Outfest Fusion One-Minute Movie Contest in 2018 and was an official selection in the 2018 Outfest Film Festival.
Chanelle's comedy sketch - "When You 'Feel the Bern,' but Your Girlfriend is 'With Her" - was featured on The Advocate magazine's website and facebook page, where it amassed 15,000 views and 200 combined shares.
Also as a writer, Chanelle has been published by The Advocate Magazine.
Chanelle directed the stage plays “Time Out” by Carla Frankenbach and "Losing My Religion in 140 Characters or Less" by Hannah Langley, both of which advanced to the second round of the Rapid Development Series at The Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles.
Her script for the web series "Gay, Straight, and In-Between" was a semifinalist for the 2016 Quarter 1 Screen Craft Short Film Production Fund.
Chanelle has directed several web series, completed a few short films which have screened at festivals, and has had a sketch she filmed acknowledged by Elizabeth Banks on Twitter, which is her second greatest accomplishment after being named Southwest Guilford High School's Class Clown in 2007.
Chanelle is the co-founder and resident director of "Never Not Chillin Productions", a music video production company which specializes in visually elevating music through choreography and visual storytelling. She is also the co-producer, director and editor of "Calling All Queer Queens", which has produced feature-length documentary in post-production as well as an Instagram media channel specializing in content for queer women.
This is unrelated to anything remotely having to do with Chanelle's film career, but she is damn good at karaoke, and has brought many dive bar patrons to tears with her now-famous, impassioned rendition of "The Thong Song" by Sisqo.