Mischa Cantu

Mischa Cantu

University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts Trojan Mafia

Screenwriter and director in Los Angeles, California

About Mischa

Mischa Cantu is a graduate from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts MFA program. She bears a directing emphasis in her Film and Television Production major.
Coming from a Mexican American/Afghan ethnic background, Cantu is a writer and director with a deep love of culture and history. In the fall of 2013 she wrote and directed a short, Afghan, war film titled Fruit of the Spirit.
In the Spring of 2014, Cantu co-produced Paisley Smith’s documentary film, Peace Daal Partition which addresses the transmission of trauma in the 1947 Partition of India. In that same semester she also served as Associate Producer for USC Professor Pablo Frasconi’s Light at Walden feature documentary. This spring Cantu's documentary titled Steam Dream which centers on her personal passion- the retro-futuristic aesthetic “Steampunk” was part of the Cannes' Festival Short Film Corner. www.steamdreamdoc.com
During her summers, Cantu continues work on her adventure/fantasy, WWII Eastern Front novella, Sea Foam Eyes- a Soviet fairy tale. This story is an outgrowth of her 2011 University of Arizona, BFA senior thesis film, Dark Eyes.
Cantu completed her undergraduate degree as a Film and Television production major with a Japanese minor. Her interest in Japan stems from having been a Rotary International Youth Ambassador to Yokkaichi, Japan where she lived and studied from 2005-2006.


Name: Mischa Cantu

Lives in: Los Angeles, California

Company: University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts Trojan Mafia

Occupation: Screenwriter and Director

Unique traits: Favorite writers: HP Lovecraft, Ambrose Bierce, Anton Chekhov, Thomas Mann and Leo Tolstoy.

Awards

  • Cannes Short Film Festival Official Selection
    (2015)

  • Film Quest Official Selection
    (2015)

  • Paris Short Film Festival Official Selection
    (2015)

  • Phoenix Comicon Official Selection
    (2015)

  • Philadelphia Wizard Con Official Selection
    (2015)

  • University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts Documentary Official Selection
    (2014)

Projects

  • Steam Dream

    Steam Dream (2015)
    Documentary by USC SCA Director

  • Gazebo

    Gazebo (2015)
    Film (short) by USC SCA Thesis Producer, Editor

  • The Odd Essay

    The Odd Essay (2015)
    Film by USC/Toltec Productions Producer

  • Steam Dream

    Steam Dream (2014)
    Documentary by USC SCA Director

  • Light at Walden

    Light at Walden (2014)
    Documentary by USC SCA Associate Producer

  • Peace, Daal, Partition

    Peace, Daal, Partition (2014)
    Documentary by USC SCA Producer

  • Over You

    Over You (2013)
    Video by Raccoon Steam Director/Editor

Education

  • University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts
    (2013-2015)

  • University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
    (2006-2011)

  • University of Southern California School of Cinema Television (Los Angeles, CA)

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