With a career spanning over two decades, Marisa Polvino is a prolific producer and entrepreneur with a skill for identifying, packaging, and producing quality, star-driven entertainment across all genres and budget levels. Presently, Marisa is Partner and Co-CEO of STRAIGHT UP FILMS a fully integrated multi-media production company that has worked alongside top-name Hollywood talent, including Natalie Portman, Rosario Dawson, Jesse Eisenberg, Gina Rodriguez and Johnny Depp.
Polvino is responsible for identifying and shaping projects that align with the Straight Up Impact ethos. Presently, she oversees a top flight feature slate which includes Merrick directed by Kornel Mundruczo, How to Set a Fire and Why, directed by award winning director/actress Lisa Edelstein, Dissonance, a YA love story set in the multiverse directed by Catherine Hardwicke and Viktor Frankl’s iconic memoir Man’s Search for Meaning.
Recognizing the profound effect cinema can have on culture Polvino launched Straight Up Impact with long-time business partner Kate Cohen and strategist and advocate Pam Roy. The companies mission is to create, produce and finance thought provoking content that can appeal to human emotions, shift perspectives and inspire positive social change.
At Straight Up Impact, Polvino uses her entrepreneurial spirit and know-how and focuses on forging relationships with likeminded partners while also overseeing much of the company’s business strategy, development, marketing and operational structure. In 2019, she created the “Power On” series for Google’s computer science in media division which was a five-part, short-film series directed by leading actresses and designed to promote greater gender and racial diversity in STEAM fields. Polvino currently producing the “Meaning in Madness” film series which centers around the systemic issues contributing to the suicide epidemic facing young adults and teens today and the importance of meaning and purpose in their lives.
Marisa is perpetually inspired by her two children and encourages them to follow their passions and pay attention to what matters most in life. And, to work hard and always be nice to people.