2022 Annual Iris Awards Gala
Director of Film, New Orleans
Mayor's Office of Cultural Economy
Carroll Morton has served as the City of New Orleans Manager of Entertainment Industry Development and has worked in the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy since 2009. In that capacity Carroll advises the city on public policy for the film and entertainment industry, provided support for the city’s legislative efforts, developed workforce training programming and worked with non-profits to implement those programs. She has produced events to market the film industry both locally and at the Sundance Film Festival. Beginning in 2015 Carroll expanded her role to include managing the work of the 2018 Tricentennial Commission producing events and programming to celebrate the 300th Anniversary of the City of New Orleans. She currently serves on the advisory board for The New Orleans Film Society and Women in Film and Television.
Tarriona "Tank" Ball
Tank and the Bangas
Hailing from New Orleans, Tarriona "Tank" Ball is the frontwoman of the Grammy-nominated group Tank and The Bangas. The four-piece group has a rare knack for combining various musical styles - fiery soul, deft hip-hop, deep-drove R&B, and subtle jazz - into one dazzling, cohesive whole that evokes the scope of New Orleans music while retaining a distinctive feel all its own. Tank is known for her amazing ability to write and recently released her first poetry book in 2021 "Vulnerable AF" Tank and The Bangas recently released their newest album Red Balloon on Verve Forecast. Tarriona "Tank" Ball has collaborated with artists like Norah Jones, Lalah Hathaway, Robert Glasper, Moonchild, Brasstracks, and many more.
Theresa Hernandez was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and was raised in Mandeville, Louisiana. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television Production from the University of New Orleans in 2014. She has been employed by Emmy Award Winning Casting Director Meagan Lewis, CSA since early 2015. Her first credited project in casting was the Oscar Winning Feature "The Big Short '', and since then she has worked on over 55 film and television productions as a Casting Assistant and Casting Associate. She currently resides in New Orleans, Louisiana with her daughter and three dogs.
DGA, 2nd Unit Director
Chelsea started out as a teenage actress for movies in Australia and whilst watching the stunt performers, she realized that this is where her interest lay. After a successful start to her career in Australia, she moved to the US and had the opportunity to work the Assistant Stunt Coordinator for stunt legends such as Charlie Croughwell and Gary Hymes on blockbusters including Dawn Of The Planet of the Apes, Terminator Genisys and Geostorm.
Since becoming a Stunt Coordinator, she has designed the action for numerous feature films and TV series and worked with high profile actors including Ben Affleck, Tom Hardy, Renee Zellweger, Samuel L Jackson and Sean Penn. With her most recent work as Second Unit Director, Chelsea’s current project is creating and directing the action for a well known Disney movie franchise.
A resident of New Orleans for over fifteen years, Rachel Grissom has long been an active part of the Louisiana film community. She has worked on over 65 film and television projects as a production sound mixer, such as TNT’s drama series CLAWS, Boots Riley’s upcoming series I’M A VIRGO, and Beyonce’s LEMONADE, as well as many local indie productions. She’s taught masterclasses in production sound for NOVAC and Loyola University, including ones especially for women, BIPOC, and LBGTQ+ filmmakers.
As a writer, director, and producer, Rachel has worked on over a dozen short films, and won several awards at film festivals across the country. Her work includes collaboration as “Ripe Figs,” a collective with other women adapting the short stories of Kate Chopin to film. Of the four films produced, Rachel wrote four, produced three, and directed one. She also directed eight episodes of the web series Broad Strokes, a project of 40 pieces written, produced, and directed by women. She wrote and directed the short film comedies “Getting In” and “Mistress Margeaux Explains It All For You” a feature film “The Somnambulist”, and several PSA’s for nonprofits such as JPAWS, the New Orleans Bulldog Rescue, and The Inner Pup of New Orleans. Rachel is a judge of the sound design category for the Black Film Festival of New Orleans. She and her partner (also her award-winning cinematographer) live in the Ninth Ward, where they spend their time off set riding motorcycles, volunteering with local non-profits, and attempting to train their excitable rescue dogs.