I’m Cris. I am a Native Hawaiian Director sharing healing, joyful stories about women, our planet and indigenous cultures.
Indigeneity is something I feel in my body. This is how I create films.
I want people to feel first before they understand. I am guided by matriarchal wisdom. My ancestral lineages are in Kauaʻi, the Phillipines and México. Understanding my own sacred connections informs my work.
Creating from a feminist lens means creating wholeness. My visuals are soft and nurturing; expressing a deeper connection with our planet and selves. I want to illuminate humanity. In women-focused stories, I believe it is meaningful to see a woman’s beauty through her own eyes. I am creating from the depths of this wholeness. When we see a woman connected to her highest self, we are all more radiant. I am about nurturing our senses to create a bodied experience. I've worked and lived across the United States in places like NYC and Austin; and overseas in Saudi Arabia and Europe. I have deeply studied meditation and yoga around the world, and cultivated my own ritual of mindfulness - which includes a cultural practice of surfing. All of this has helped me understand we all crave the same things; to feel a little less alone. I want to create relatable, accessible films that release that spark inside of us.