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.
She has been honored with the ‘Through the Soul of an Artist’ grant for Artistic Innovation by the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation and in 2013 she participated in CPB/PBS Producer’s Academy.
Her previous work has been supported by Cal Humanities, The Independent Television Service (ITVS), and Pacific Islanders in Communications. Since 2013 she has been working as a Producer and Videographer in broadcast Television and online content creating non-fiction and docu-style content for Discovery, Nat Geo, PBS, and Film45.
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 is currently Producing a feature documentary titled "Belly of the Beast" which has been supported by The Tribeca Film Institute's Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, and the Pacific Pioneer Fund amount others. She is also Directing and Producing a feature documentary titled "The Ninth Island" about the Native Hawaiian diaspora in Las Vegas, Nevada, which is currently in development.