Anne Misawa grew up in Hawai’i. Having graduated from University of Southern California’s Graduate Film and Television Program, Anne Misawa has worked internationally in various aspects of film production. Her primary work is as a Director and as a Cinematographer.
Directorial credits include–
WAKING MELE, (Sundance Film Festival, 2000), and EDEN’S CURVE, (Emerging Film Best Feature Award, NCGLFF, 2003). Anne teaches cinematic production at the Academy for Creative Media, University of Hawai’i where she produced & directed the feature length documentary, STATE OF ALOHA, which has garnered various awards, (Halekulani Golden Orchid Award Nominee for Best Documentary at Hawaii International Film Festival, 2009).
Her work as cinematographer include many award-winning films–
MARGARITA, WITH A STRAW, (directed by Shonali Bose, Sundance Institute’s Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award 2012, NETPAC award at Toronto International Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, 2014, 130+ film festivals, and received 25+ awards,) JACK & DIANE, (directed by Bradley-Rust Gray, Tribeca Film Festival, Locarno International Film Festival, 2012), TREELESS MOUNTAIN, (directed by So Yong Kim, NETPAC award at Busan International Film Festival, 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 for Innovative Filmmaking at Berlin International Film Festival, 2003), and LIV, (directed by Edoardo Ponti, executive produced by Robert Altman and Michaelangelo Antonioni, Venice International Film Festival, 1998).
Her work in TREELESS MOUNTAIN was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography in 2010.
Anne is currently an Associate Professor and Chair at the Academy for Creative Media, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa where she teaches cinematic production. As the SMART (Student Media Art) Exchange Director since 2006, she has led the seminannual exchange program with Shanghai University and ACM Mānoa under the auspices of the Hawaii Int’l Film Festival and the Shanghai Int’l Film Festival in which students participate as official delegates to these film festivals and screen their student short films. During the SMART Exchange program, students also create unique co-productions, narrative short films, set in Shanghai and Hawai’i.
Anne also has a background in writing: Master’s degree in Creative Writing, Poetry, 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.