ABOUT
ISOTOPE FILMS was founded in 2005 to develop and produce non-fiction based content to illuminate, transform and inspire. The films have been distributed domestically and internationally in theaters, on HBO, POV, OWN, NetFlix, Hulu, and iTunes. Founded by award-winning producer Chiemi Karasawa, the company is based in New York City.

In 2007, Isotope Films produced BILLY THE KID, directed by Jennifer Venditti, which won Best Documentary at SXSW, Los Angeles, Edinburgh and Melbourne Film Festivals. It premiered theatrically and was released by HBO in 2008.

In 2008, Isotope Films worked with Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath to complete THE BETRAYAL, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival. The film was nominated for an Academy Award in 2009, and won the Emmy Award for Exceptional Merit in Non-Fiction Filmmaking in 2010.

In 2009, Isotope joined forces with Spike Jonze and Lance Bangs to complete TELL THEM ANYTHING YOU WANT: A PORTRAIT OF MAURICE SENDAK, a short documentary which aired on HBO. The same year, Isotope collaborated again with Bangs, Jonze, HBO, and Bono's RED organization, to co-produce THE LAZARUS EFFECT, a short film documenting the dramatic success of anti-retrovirus medications on AIDS patients in Africa. Isotope also produced a successful celebrity studded campaign to promote the documentary called 40 CENTS, which was directed by renowned photographer Brigitte Lacombe.

LOVE ETC was produced by Isotope Films and Walnut Hill Media in 2010, and celebrated 5 characters aged 18-89 and their journeys in love over the course of one year in NYC. It was released theatrically, premieres on OWN, and will soon become a dramatic series on ABC.

In 2011, ELEVATE - a film about the graduates of a basketball boarding school in Senegal premiered at the SXSW Film Festival, and went on to win Best Documentary at the Dallas Film Festival. It had a cable release on ESPN.

Currently, Isotope is in production on documentaries that feature Aretha Franklin, Elaine Stritch and Harry Dean Stanton.


Chiemi Karasawa
FOUNDER / CEO

Founder Chiemi Karasawa has worked in film, television and commercial production for over 20 years alongside such notable directors as Spike Jonze, Jim Jarmusch, Larry Clark, Sam Mendes, Stephen Frears and Martin Scorsese. She began her career as a Script Supervisor in film and television productions such as: KIDS, HIGH FIDELITY, SUMMER OF SAM, GHOST DOG, ADAPTATION, SOPRANOS, SEX IN THE CITY, SHINE A LIGHT, SHUTTER ISLAND & PUBLIC SPEAKING.

She has served as a speaker on Documentary Producing at NYU, SVA, and the Woodstock Film Festival, and has served on Documentary Screening Committees for The Spirit Awards and the Gucci/Tribeca Documentary Fund. She is a Boston University College of Communication graduate with a degree in Broadcasting & Film.