Jennifer Akana Sturla
Los Angeles / Hawai'i
Writer, director Jennifer Akana Sturla is a California-Hawai'i hybrid who earned her bachelor's degree in literature from UC Santa Cruz and her MFA in film production from the USC School of Cinema-Television (now the School of Cinematic Arts).
Jennifer’s thesis film "Kamea" (25 min., 35mm) won top prizes at several festivals including Best Short at the 2004 Hawai'i International Film Festival and still airs on local television in Hawai'i.
She was next hired to write and direct the action-sports narrative film "Ride the Wake" (22 min, 35mm) which found distribution to Amazon and Netflix.
Recently, Jennifer completed a sizzle reel for "Hawaiian Style" (7 min., RED), a Hawaiian / hip hop coming-of-age dance feature film in development; the sizzle reel was financed in part by Sony Pictures and stars dancers from the Fox hit series "So You Think You Can Dance."
Other recent projects include clothing company Island Tat's commercial spots (now airing on local Hawai'i NBC and Fox affiliates) as well as a film noir short, “Billy Bathgate,” which Jennifer directed upon completing her 2-year Meisner acting training at the Baron Brown Studio in Santa Monica, CA.