Marissa Kitazawa | About Marissa Kitazawa | Documentary Filmmaker & Storyteller
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About

all about me

Marissa Kitazawa is a fourth generation Japanese-American independent filmmaker and visual artist. She received her B.A. in Media Studies and Economics at Pitzer College, and M.A. in Social Documentation at UC Santa Cruz. She has worked as a student organizer, community activist, youth program director and associate regional director for a non-profit Los Angeles-based civil rights organization.

As an independent filmmaker, she focuses on sharing the voices of marginalized communities. She believes visual storytelling can be a tool for social change by transforming communities through dialogue, creativity and engagement. Marissa combines her social justice convictions with visually compelling and cinematic storytelling. Her work has been screened in festivals and universities across the country.

tide pooling finds
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Nature Hikes

4

Tortoises

593

Food Adventures

32

Awards Won

Capabilities

I consider myself a visual storyteller.

Social Documentaries are my main passions, but I dabble in motion graphics, graphic designs and a little bit of web design. I believe the key to design, whether it be motion or stills,  is a good story – and so that is the main principal I apply to all of my work.

96%

Video

81%

Motion Graphics

87%

Graphic Design

48%

Web Design

skills

92%

Caffeine

coffee + tea

Adobe Premiere & Final Cut | Video Editing0%
Adobe After Effects | Motion0%
Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator | Graphics0%
Adobe InDesign | Layout0%
26%

Icecream

strawberry

Additional Technical Skills

Audition

InDesign

Media Encorde

Prelude

Speedgrade

Working Knowledge

HTML

CSS

CMS – WordPress & Joomla

Now that you’ve gotten to know me

Check out what I can do!