b. 1977

Lives and works in Long Beach, CA and Mililani, HI

laurie [at]


Director, Producer, Animator, “A Paradise Lost” (2022).

Co-Director, Editor, Animator, “The gold of a yellow plant” (2021).

Director, Editor, “Reel Wahine of Hawaii: Anne Misawa” (2018).

Co-Director, Co-Producer, Editor, Animator, “Of Memory & Los Sures” (2012).  

Director, Producer, Editor, Animator, “Struggle for Existence” (2010).  

Director, Producer, Editor, “Words without Borders” (2009).  

Collaborator, “Living Los Sures,” (2014) dir UnionDocs.  

Designer, Animator “Abundant Land,” (2015) dir. Natasha Florentino.  

Animator, “Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Present Danger,” (2013) dir. Sam Feder.  

Designer, Animator, Transmedia Producer, “My Brooklyn” (2012) dir. Kelly Anderson. 

Graphic Designer “Project Kashmir,” (2008) dir. Geeta V. Patel and Senain Keshigi. 


Sony Camera Grant, 2022.

Honorable Mention, IF/Then Shorts x The Redford Center Nature Access Pitch at DOC NYC, 2021.

2021 Harriet Barlow Award, Blue Mountain Center.

Winner, Top Ten Award, LETTERS FROM THE SKY Experimental Film Festival.  

Winner, Best Student Film, 2011 American Conservation Film Festival.  

Winner, Best Documentary, 2010 CUNY Asian American Film Festival.  

Nominee, Best Student Short Documentary, DOCUTAH 2011.


A Studio in the Woods, Artist-in-Residence, New Orleans, LA. 2022.

Bishop Museum, Natural History Artist-in-Residence, Honolulu, HI. 2021-2022.

Blue Mountain Center, Film Artist-in-Residence, Blue Mountain, NY. 2021.

Jackson Wild Multicultural Film Fellowship, 2021.

Sundance Institute / Women in Film Fellowship, 2020.

Firelight Documentary Lab Fellowship, 2019-2020.

Box Jelly Artist-in-Residence, Honolulu, HI. 2016.

Sacatar Institute Fellowship. Bahia, Brazil. 2015.  

Wide Open Studios Environmental Arts Residency. Signal Fire, Portland, OR. 2015.  

POV Hackathon PBS Digital. Los Angeles. 2014.  

PIC/ITVS Producers’ Workshop, Honolulu, HI. 2014.  

Digital Artist Studios International Residency, Belfast, UK. 2012.  

Merzbarn Environmental Engagement Residency, Elterwater, Cumbria, UK. Oct 2011.  

UnionDocs Collab Residency. UnionDocs Center for Documentary Arts. Brooklyn, NY. 2010-11.


“Symbiosis,” Imagine Science Film Festival. 2021.

“Peace on Earth,” Lancaster Museum of Art & History, Lancaster, CA. January-April, 2019. 

Hawaii International Film Festival. Honolulu, HI. 2018.

Theatrical release (w LOS SURES), Metrograph Theater, New York. April 15th-May 5th 2016.

“Greater New York,” PS1MoMA. Long Island City, NY. October 11, 2015-March 7, 2016.

New York Film Festival, New York. 2014.  

OYE! Avant-Garde Festival. Brooklyn, NY. 2014.  

DOC NYC, New York, NY. 2013.  

Rincon International Film Festival. Rincon, Puerto Rico. 2013.  

BAMcinemaFest, Brooklyn, NY. 2012.  

LETTERS FROM THE SKY Experimental Film Festival on Climate Change, South Africa, 2011. 

American Conservation Film Festival. Shepherdstown, West Virginia. 2011.  

DOCUTAH: Southern Utah Documentary Festival. St. George, Utah. 2011.

Hawaii International Film Festival. Honolulu, Hawaii. 2010.  

Asian American International Film Festival. New York, NY. 2010. 


“New Work by Laurie Sumiye.” 2019 SACNAS - The National Diversity in STEM Conference, Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, HI, 2019.

“CASE.” Hawaii Pacific University, Kaneohe, HI, 2019.

“36 Views of Mauna Kea.” The Box Jelly, Honolulu, HI, 2017.

“Laysan 1902” Bishop Museum, Honolulu, HI, semi-permanent installation. 2016.

“Botanical.” Dobbin Project Space, Brooklyn, NY. 2013.

“House of Glass.” Belfast Botanical Gardens, Belfast, N. Ireland,   UK. 2012.


“Kipaipai Fellows 2020.” Kahilu Gallery, Waimea, HI. September 25 - November 8, 2020. 

“Create & Collaborate.” Loft at Liz’s, Los Angeles, CA. January - March 2020.

“Peace on Earth.” Lancaster Museum of Art & History, Lancaster, CA. January - April, 2019. 

“DAS Short Programme.” Golden Thread Gallery. Belfast, UK. October 2018.

“Royal Ulster Academy of Arts 134th Annual Exhibition.” Ulster Museum, Belfast, UK. Oct 16, 2015 - Jan 3, 2016. 

“Smoke Signals.” Atelie da Barão-GALERIA CALIFÓRNIA, São Paulo, Brazil. June 2 - 20, 2012.

KS11 Kurt Schwitters' Merz Barn Open Week-end, Elterwater, Cumbria, UK. Oct 14 - 16, 2011.

“Common Ground: Imaging North Brooklyn” Arts@Renaissance, Brooklyn, NY. Sept 24 - Oct 15, 2010. 

“Obsession Obsessive Obsessed” Summercamp Project Project, Los Angeles, CA. Aug 22 - Sept 3, 2010. 

“CONSUME” Exit Underground at Exit Art, New York, NY. June 18 - Aug 28, 2010.

“Out of Order II” Monkeytown, Brooklyn, NY. Dec 13, 2009.

“Medium of Exchange” Hunter College, New York, NY. May 8 - 10, 2009. 

“Eco/Logic” The ARTS At Marks Garage, Honolulu, HI. July 29 - Sept 6, 2008.

“It’s Not Easy” Exit Underground at Exit Art, New York, NY. July 24 - Aug 29, 2008. 

“Synbiosis” Steuben West Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. Dec 14 - 15, 2007. 

“Art of Electronics” Lemurplex, Brooklyn, NY. May 12, 2007. 


CUNY Hunter College, New York, New York. MFA in Integrated Media Arts, 2010.  

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. Graduate studies in Digital Arts. Sept 2006 - Dec 2007.  

Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois. B.A. in Art and B.S. in Radio/TV. Cum Laude, 1999.  

Lorenzo de’ Medici, Florence, Italy. Painting and Photography, 1997. 

Mililani High School, Magna Cum Laude, 1995.


Assistant Professor of Film/Transmedia, University of Hawaiʻi-West Oʻahu. 2017 - 2021.


IF/Then Shorts x The Redford Center Nature Access Pitch at DOC NYC, New York, 2021.

Good Pitch Local Hawai’i. Doc Society. Honolulu, HI, Fall 2019.

Kipaipai Professional Development Workshop, New York, November 2019.

Kipaipai Professional Development Workshop, Big Island HI, July 2016.

Global Virtual Studios Transmedia Accelerator Boardroom Event, Kona, HI, February 2015.

POV Hackathon PBS Digital, Los Angeles, May 2014.

Bay Area Video Coalition Producers Institute for New Media Technologies, New York. Jan 2011. 

Shirin Neshat Master Class, Hunter College, New York, NY, March 2009. 


“Experiencing nature in virtual environments: an exploration of non-human perspective-taking, digital cultures, and audience impact in virtual reality and 360 environmental films.” Panel Presentation, University Film and Video Association 2021 Conference, July 2021.

“APAHM: Pau Hana Fridays.” Artist Presentation, Apple Inc. San Francisco, CA. May 14, 2021.

“Laurie Sumiye.” Artist Presentation, Donkey Mill Art Center. Holulaloa, HI. May 2021.

“Hawaii Symphony of Birds,” Performance by Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. Honolulu, HI. 2018.

Science Alive! Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI. March 2017.


Nordstrom Ala Moana. Honolulu, HI. Holiday 2018. 

J.Crew Ala Moana. Honolulu, HI. Artisan Holiday 2017..

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