Producer/Shooter, Christen Marquez is committed to producing character driven stories and covering social justice issues throughout the world. In 2012 she produced a narrative feature entitled TWO SHADOWS, a fictionalized story about Cambodian families torn apart by the violent Khmer Rouge who are searching for their long lost relatives. In the same year she also completed her documentary feature debut, E HAKU INOA: TO WEAVE A NAME, which follows a young multi-racial Native Hawaiian throughout her journey to understand the meaning of her incredibly long Hawaiian name and reconnect with her estranged mother. This film was nationally broadcast on public television in May, 2014. Christen has also worked as a producer, videographer, and story producer for multiple short and feature length docu-series for networks including PBS, National Geographic, Discovery, and Univisión. Her work has been supported by Cal Humanities, The Independent Television Service (ITVS), and Pacific Islanders in Communications. She has also been honored with the ‘Through the Soul of an Artist’ grant for Artistic Innovation by the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation and was selected for participation in the 2013 CPB/PBS Producer's Academy. She holds a BFA in Film and Video Production from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Presentations from Facing Race 2020
When a courageous young woman and a radical lawyer discover a pattern of illegal sterilizations in California’s women’s prisons, they wage a near-impossible battle against the Department of Corrections. With a growing team of investigators inside prison working with colleagues on the outside, they uncover a series of statewide crimes - from inadequate health care to sexual assault to coercive sterilizations - primarily targeting women of color. This shocking legal drama captured over 7-years features extraordinary access and intimate accounts from currently and formerly incarcerated people, demanding attention to a shameful and ongoing legacy of eugenics and reproductive injustice in the United States.Erika Cohn, Angela Tucker, Christen Marquez, Nicole Docta