Hana Kitasei is a Japanese and American LA-based cinematographer. She graduated with a BA in mathematics from Harvard and an MFA in cinematography from the American Film Institute. She assisted Ellen Kuras, ASC, (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) while cutting her teeth on a wide range of narrative, documentary, and experimental projects. In 2018, she was chosen to participate in the first annual Fox DP development lab. She is currently lensing her fourth narrative feature, Paulie Go. Other feature credits include: Unconformity, Daughter (starring Casper Van Dien), The Unborn, and two documentary features, The Myken Project, and Layers, the latter of which was recently premiered by LACMA. She is currently represented by Danica Pupa at Intrinsic LA.
As an educator, she currently teaches the Language of Cinematography class at the AFI, and has mentored students in visual storytelling for two years. Previously, she also worked for two years on the teaching teams of Advanced Production Techniques with Master Cinematographers as well as a special five lecture series Engaging the Industry, also for the AFI.