Originally from New York, Marisa Pearl has spent the past several years living in California and working in the film industry. She first joined the visual effects production team at Industrial Light and Magic in Marin County and then moved south to work at Miramax Films in Los Angeles. Through her development and marketing responsibilities there, she gained a unique perspective on the filmmaking process and was inspired to pursue her own documentary projects. She graduated from Brown with a BA in French Semiotics.
Purify takes viewers behind the barbed wire fences of the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility where the state of California houses its most serious juvenile offenders. The story focuses on three female wards and their attempts to come to terms with their pasts through Native American healing rituals.
16mm color film
Explores the subtle ways faces help us to communicate. It focuses on two men: one has a neurological disorder that prevents him from distinguishing faces; the other is a psychologist who believes faces are windows into our hidden emotions.
16mm black and white film
Something Borrowed examines the traditions and narratives common to those who have participated in a wedding in the role of bride or groom.