Cella Cinema

Creative output of Chris Cella

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The Silver Curse follows the men, women, and children who venture into the darkness of the Cerro Rico mine in Potosi, Bolivia. Scavenging for silver and tin, 15,000 miners labor in the mine known locally as "the mountain that eats men". The history of the mine spans centuries as the Spanish empire founded the city of Potosi in 1545. The phrase "Vale un Potosi" or "Worth a Potosi" persists in the Spanish vernacular today. The history of Cerro Rico has been fraught with danger. The Spanish used slaves and local laborers to excavate the precious minerals to fund their expansive empire. Today Cerro Rico is worked by local miner cooperatives that dig for scraps from within the crumbling sierra.


Experience Reel Thailand is a compilation of aerial cinematography from different provinces of Thailand. Visit Phuket, Chiang Mai, Doi Inthanon, Mae Hong Son, Kanchanaburi, and Ayutthaya. Witness sunrise from the tallest mountain in Thailand as well as sunset over reflective and picturesque morning glory fields. 


Second Flight: A short film about freedom. 


Joe, a 60 year old homeless man living on the streets of Los Angeles, describes the mental struggles associated with his lifestyle.


In this National Geographic feature by GLP Films we visit the world's most dangerous road. The Yungas Road in Bolivia has claimed many lives. Meet a man who helps direct traffic on this perilous, one-lane dirt road, and the mountain bikers who call it home.

Roles: Camera Operator & Sound Mixer


In this National Geographic feature produced by GLP Films we visit Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia which is the world's largest salt flat. The Luna Salada hotel was built using the abundant natural resource. 

Roles: Camera Operator & Sound Mixer


In this National Geographic feature by GLP Films the Sulabh International Museum of Toilets is profiled. Its founder has spent decades trying to end discrimination against the poor and has built cheap and clean sanitation systems for them.

Roles: Camera Operator & Sound Mixer


GLP Films presents Bolivia’s Alternative Mechanism to Reducing Deforestation.

Roles: Camera Operator & Sound Mixer


The Okapi Conservation Project (OCP) is an organization in the DRC working to protect one of the planet's most unique species, the okapi. In this film, GLP Films offers an intimate look into the success and struggles of the Okapi Conservation Project. 

Roles: Camera Operator & Sound Mixer


In this short film, GLP Films showcases North Carolina Zoo's unique and successful conservation education model in Uganda. 

Roles: Camera Operator & Sound Mixer


GLP Films presents a group taking on the tremendous task of protecting the country's native elephant population. The Mount Kenya Trust protects natural landscape, wildlife, and assists local communities in resolving human-wildlife conflicts. 

Roles: Camera Operator & Sound Mixer


Join GLP Films as we visit Basecamp Foundation in Africa. Basecamp Foundation works with Kenya's Maasai community in creating a model for successful sustainable tourism. 

Roles: Camera Operator, Sound Mixer, and Assistant Editor


GLP Films presents Thomson Safaris. Thomson Safaris is a unique organization working to protect wildlife, conserve natural ecosystems, and empower local communities in northern Tanzania. 

Roles: Camera Operator & Sound Mixer


In this short film GLP Films visits Fairtrade Africa as they work in the interest of farmers and fair trade-certified producers in Africa.

Roles: Camera Operator and Sound Mixer


GLP Films presents Working Bikes, a Chicago based cooperative that redistributes discarded and donated bicycles across the globe to communities in need. 

Roles: Camera Operator & Sound Mixer


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