Anne Misawa

Associate Professor

Anne Misawa | Associate Professor

Anne Misawa grew up in Hawai’i. Having graduated from the 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, as well as Producer. Her work in TREELESS MOUNTAIN was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography in 2010. She is currently an Associate Professor at the Academy for Creative Media, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa where she teaches cinematic production and served as department chair 2013-2016.

Directorial credits include–
WAKING MELE, (Sundance Film Festival, 2000), the feature length narrative EDEN’S CURVE, (Emerging Film Best Feature Award, NCGLFF, 2003), and the feature length documentary, STATE OF ALOHA, which she produced and directed at ACM, garnered various awards, (Halekulani Golden Orchid Award Nominee for Best Documentary at Hawaii International Film Festival, 2009).

Her work as Director of Photography (cinematographer) include–
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).

Anne also has a background in writing: M.A. 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 writers and artists such as William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and Stan Brakhage.