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Anne Misawa
Associate Professor, Chair



Anne was raised mostly in Hawaii and received her BA in English at the University of Hawaii.  She has studied filmmaking at the University of Southern California's Graduate Film and Television MFA Program with an emphasis in Directing and Cinematography.  Anne also has a previous Master's degree in Creative Writing from New York University and has studied at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Naropa Institute with its multidisciplinary approach to writing with renown writers and artists such as William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and Stan Brakhage.

Her work as Director include the award-winning feature documentary, STATE OF ALOHA, produced & directed at the ACM UHM, (Halekulani Golden Orchid Award Nominee for Best Documentary at Hawaii International Film Festival, PBS Hawaii, 2009, San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, Los Angeles Asian American Film Festival, 2010), and a 35mm half-hour short film produced as her USC thesis, WAKING MELE, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, 2000, and garnered awards, such as the Audience Award for Best Student Short (Austin International Film Festival), the Independent Vision Award (Lake Arrowhead Film Festival), and Finalist for the Student Academy Awards.  It has traveled to over 30 film festivals around the world and has been shown on the Sundance Channel as well as online at Atom Films.  She has produced, written and directed other shorts, often times having done the cinematography as well.  Her first feature, EDEN’S CURVE, Stick Film Productions, in which she was hired as both the Director and Director of Photography, screened at festivals internationally and was awarded the Best Feature Award (North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, 2003.)  

Anne has been the Director of Photography on award-winning features, shorts, commercials, episodic TV, and music videos. Her work in TREELESS MOUNTAIN was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography, IFC, in 2010.  Her work as Director of Photography/ Cinematographer include: JACK & DIANE, directed by Bradley-Rust Gray, Magnolia Pictures, (Tribeca Film Festival, Locarno International Film Festival, 2012), TREELESS MOUNTAIN, directed by So Yong Kim, (Toronto International Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, and New Directors/ New Films, 2008), TIME OUT, directed by Xelinda Yancy, executive produced by John Singleton, (HBO Award, 2004), SALT, directed by Bradley-Rust Gray, (Caligari Award, Berlin International Film Festival, 2003), LIV, directed by Edoardo Ponti, produced by Robert Altman, Michelangelo Antonioni, Carlo Ponti, and Rocco Hindman, (Venice International Film Festival, 1998), BLUES FOR RED, directed by Jennifer Haskin-O'Reggio, (DGA African-American Award, 1999), LETTER TO MY MOTHER, directed by Debbi Reynolds, and KINGS, directed by Niva Dorell, (both awarded Showtime's Black Filmmaker's Award and Hollywood Black Film Festival Awards, 1998, 1999). As a DP, she has just completed production on a feature, MARGARITA WITH A STRAW, directed by Shonali Bose. The script was awarded the Sundance Institute’s Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award 2012 and is planned to be released in theaters in 2014.

Anne has also edited various projects including the feature PUNKS, directed by Patrik-Ian Polk, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, 2000, and awarded Best Independent Feature Film Award (Cleveland International Film Festival) and the John Cassavetes Award (Independent Spirit Awards, IFC, 2002).

Anne has been a member of the cinematic production faculty at the Academy of Creative Media, University of Hawaii at Manoa since 2004. 




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