Christen Hepuakoa Marquez holds a BFA in Film and Video Production from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. In 2011 she Produced the narrative feature film "Two Shadows", which went on to win the audience choice award for Best Feature Narrative at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film festival. In 2012 she completed her documentary Directorial debut in partnership with PBS Hawai`i on an hour-long program called "E Haku Inoa: To Weave A Name" which was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2013 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. The film premiered nationally on PBS in 2013 and continues to be broadcast regularly.
Her previous work has been supported by Cal Humanities, The Independent Television Service (ITVS), and Pacific Islanders in Communications. She has worked as a Producer and Videographer for clients including Discovery, Nat Geo, PBS, and Verizon Go90.
Christen is committed to producing character driven documentaries and covering social justice issues throughout the world. Her greatest area of interest is for stories from the indigenous people of the Pacific and their diaspora. She currently Directing and Producing a feature documentary titled "The Ninth Island" about the Native Hawaiian diaspora in Las Vegas, Nevada, which is currently in development.
Honors and Distinctions
2018 - Big Sky Film Festival Native Film Fellow
2015 - Became a Producers Guild of America Member
2013 - Independent Producer participating in the CPB/PBS Producers Academy
2011 - "Through the Soul of an Artist" award for Artistic Innovation from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation