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.
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.