Born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1965, Moritsugu now lives and works in Santa Fe. He released his first short film in 1986 and his first feature length film in 1990.
Moritsugu has directed six feature films and six short films, 10 of which he also wrote. He is the recipient of three best feature awards at the New York Underground Film Festival for Mod Fuck Explosion (1994), Fame Whore (1997) and Scumrock (2002).
The director credits indie music as a major influence on his early career in film.
Moritsugu’s films mix driving punk rock soundtracks with poorly constructed set pieces and intentionally cartoonish acting. He often uses 16mm film to enhance the lo-fi effect, and does much of the editing himself.
His films combine themes such as alienation, teenage angst and the evils of commercial success for low-budget cultural satires.
When asked if he has a favorite among his films, Moritsugu says he is still most proud of Mod Fuck Explosion.
What’s next for the DIY filmmaker? Moritsugu is working on what he describes as his magnum opus, Pig Death Machine, with director and frequent collaborator Todd Verow.
While he is reluctant to talk about the project, because it is still in production, Moritsugu does say, “We’re also making a documentary about the making of the film, it’s kind of like Apocalypse Now and Hearts of Darkness [: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse]."
Find out how it's all done Wednesday, in this one-of-a-kind event.
Wednesday, Dec. 8
Short film screening and panel discussion
Screening of Mod Fuck Explosion
1600 St. Michael’s Dr.