Alissa attended film school in the south-western mountains of Montana where she received a real degree. Years later, she maintains the attitude that filmmaking is cooperative rather than competitive. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and bunch of pets. She owns a collection of vintage cameras from her childhood. She prefers working in mediums of 16mm and Hi8, she calls this practice "work in progress work". She cites the inspiration for her work after Cara Delivigne, Amy Adams, and Edgar Allen Poe. Heroes include Kate Winslet and Patti Smith.
Alissa is signed to Little Ugly.