Dear <<First Name>>,

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are thrilled to announce the premier of BUILDING THE AMERICAN DREAM on PBS TONIGHT, September 15th through October 15th.

BUILDING THE AMERICAN DREAM was the winner of the 2017 TRIBECA FILM INSTITUTE / KONSONANT MUSIC TFI Network Documentary Film Scoring Package. We are proud to be part of this powerful, important and highly relevant film!

We'd also like to invite you to the next installment of our FREE WEBINAR SERIES:

CASE STUDY: Constructing the Music and Sound for BUILDING THE AMERICAN DREAM

WEDNESDAY September 23rd, 2 PM PST / 5 PM EST. 

Join us as we explore the collaborative processes between director Chelsea Hernandez, sound designer/mixer Gisela Fulla-Silvestre and composer Gil Talmi.

SPACE IS LIMITED: You must register HERE to attend!

See below for more info.

Stay safe and sound…

Andrew, Gil, Gisela & Maddy

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, from which they are excluded.
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Executive Producer


Director of Photography



Original Music

Sound Design & Mix


Ford Foundation | Latino Public Broadcasting | Tribeca Film Institute | Firelight Media | Seed & Spark | Marcy Garriott | City of Austin | BAVC National Mediamaker Program | Austin Film Society | KLRU-TV, Austin PBS

CASE STUDY: Constructing the Music and Sound for BUILDING THE AMERICAN DREAM

WEDNESDAY September 23rd, 2 PM PST / 5 PM EST
1 Hour Webinar + 30 mins Q&A

SPACE IS LIMITED: You must register HERE to attend!

In Texas, construction workers face the deadliest conditions in the country. BUILDING THE AMERICAN DREAM is a feature documentary that follows three immigrant families who are rising up to seek justice and equality in an industry rife with exploitation. 

This webinar will feature an interactive and engaging case study of the collaborative relationship between Director Chelsea Hernandez, Sound Designer Gisela Fulla-Silvestre and Composer Gil Talmi on this award winning film.

This webinar will be moderated by Konsonant Creative Director/Music Supervisor Andrew Gross. 

With additional facilitation by Konsonant Music Coordinator Maddy Rose Weisman.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Chelsea Hernandez is a Mexican-American filmmaker based in Austin, Texas. Her work focuses on the unique perspectives of various issues and topics through the lens of ordinary people who challenge the status quo and injustices in this world. She is a fellow of Firelight Media Doc Lab, Tribeca All Access, Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) National Mediamaker Program, and NALIP Latino Media Market.

Chelsea has been working in the documentary film and television industry for 10 years. Building the American Dream is her feature directorial debut.


Gil Talmi is an EMMY nominated film composer with a passion for socially conscious films. 

Blending his traditional orchestral background with tasteful modular electronics and eclectic world music sensibilities, Talmi has created a signature sound that can be heard in many award winning productions worldwide.

Some of Gil's most recent work includes original music for ALL IN: The Fight for Democracy (Amazon Studios/Story Syndicate), The Great Hack (Netflix/Noujaim Films/Othrs Production), Building The American Dream (Panda bear Films/PBS), Man On Fire (Fendelman Films/PBS), Chavela (Aubin Pictures) and Tre Maison Dasan (PBS).

Gil's score for Backyard Wilderness (Archipelago Films) was nominated for the GSCA Awards Best Original Score. Gil's score for Chavela was nominated for Best Feature Film Score by the Music & Sound Awards. Gil was nominated for a National News and Documentary Emmy Award for his work on CBS Evening News and won Best Documentary Score for Tales Of The Waria (PBS).


Gisela Fulla Slvestre is a Sound designer, Sound Mixer and Music Composer from Barcelona, based in Brooklyn. As a sound designer/mixer, her recent films have premiered at Sundance (Buck, Superior), Tribeca (Building the American Dream, Landfall), Berlinale (Superior, Broken Bird), BFI London (Cicada) and AFI docs (White Noise).

As a music composer, she has written music for the film iGilbert (directed by Adrian Martinez and featuring Dascha Polanco), for the MTV documentary series RebelMusic (Netflix) and she wrote the music for the Coca Cola/Walmart Christmas national US TV spot (2015).

Under NOIA, her solo project, she combines traditional Spanish singing with electronic production. She has released 2 albums via Cascine Records. Her latest record came out in 2019 and has been named best EP of the year by magazines such as Stereogum, Remezcla, Gorilla Vs Bear. 


Andrew Gross is Creative Director at Konsonant Music and a founding partner at Bulletproof Bear. 
Andrew has composed original scores and licensed his music to hundreds of features and episodes of TV. Scoring credits include: Bio-Dome (MGM), The King of Queens (CBS/Sony), and Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny (New Line). He also works as a music supervisor on ALL IN: The Fight for Democracy (Amazon Studios/Story Syndicate), I Think You Should Leave (Netflix), Astronomy Club (Netflix)the just released, The Dress Up Gang (TBS, also serving as composer) and the Emmy nominated documentary series, Why We Fight (ESPN+, also serving as composer). He is a board member of the PMA and an adjunct professor at New York Film Academy, teaching Music for Documentaries for the MFA program.


Maddy Rose Weisman is the latest addition to the Konsonant Music family. A recent graduate from Bard College in Electronic Music, she has worked as a Music Coordinator on ALL IN: The Fight for Democracy (Amazon Studios/Story Syndicate), Music Editor and Coordinator on White Noise, Cults: An insiders Look at Bacchanalia, Invisible Man, The Manuscript and many other projects.  Maddy also is a singer/songwriter, producer and instrumentalist. 


Over the past 10 years, award winning film composers and Konsonant Music Creative Directors, Gil Talmi THE GREAT HACK (Netflix), CHAVELA (Aubin Pictures) and Andrew Gross THE DRESS UP GANG (TBS), I THINK YOU SHOULD LEAVE (Netflix), have given their sought after FILM MUSIC SEMINAR to numerous film schools, film organizations and festivals around the world such as TFI, FIND, AFI, USC, UCLA, Columbia, The New School, Chapman, NYFA, and more. 

During this era of social distancing, we will be giving a FREE webinar series that focuses on empowering filmmakers with information and tools they need to get the best from their music and sound collaborators.

Each webinar will focus on issues unique to the Filmmaker/Composer collaborative process, and also delve into music licensing/clearance, music supervision, sound design and mixing.

Some of the webinars will be case studies of specific films involving the project's filmmakers as part of a dynamic moderated panel.


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