Passionate about visual storytelling that makes a difference, Frances Grace Mortel, a photographer and filmmaker, focuses on creating imageries that expose human truths and inspire social change. She is currently exploring street reportages, producing documentary films, and experimenting with alternative and multimedia processes to create empathic and inclusive representations of realism.
Frances studied Film and Audio-Visual Communication at the University of the Philippines for a couple of years until she dropped out of college. She started her training in the art department as a costume assistant and set dresser, practiced as a teaching artist for children while juggling videography and editing jobs from 2008-2012, until she became a freelance production designer for film, television, and digital content from 2013-2015.
She moved to Spokane, WA with her husband and son in 2016, and is currently completing her Digital Media Production and Associates in Arts degrees while working as a marketing assistant for Spartan Theatre at Spokane Falls Community College.