Reiko Tahara

Documentary Filmmaker, Educator

MA Media Studies

Reiko Tahara is an independent documentary filmmaker, educator, and translator. Her experimental documentary works have been exhibited widely across the states including at SXSW, Hawaii Int’l FF, Margaret Mead, NY Asian American FF, Walker Art Center, Pacific Film Archive, also internationally in Brazil, Sri Lanka, Japan, Canada, Singapore, etc. She has been a recipient of grants from NEA, NYSCA, Jerome Foundation, and Center for Asian American Media, among others, and several fellowships including the Emerging Artists Overseas program from the Japanese government and Andrew W. Mellon Transformative Learning in the Humanities at CUNY. She is Co-founder and Programmer of the Uno Port Art Films (est. 2010), a summer outdoor film festival in Okayama, Japan, which showcases cutting edge independent films under the theme of “Life, Art, Film” with an emphasis on filmmakers from underrepresented world communities. She has been teaching documentary and cinema studies at the New School, Temple Univ, City College, and regularly teaches at Hunter College (MFA in Integrated Media Arts), NYU, and DCTV.

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The MA in Media Studies gives students experience in creative media making, critical analysis, and entrepreneurialism. The Media Management MS offers the practical experience you need to succeed in today's media industries. The Documentary Studies Certificate program provides an opportunity to study documentary filmmaking in a small, tightly focused program. The Media Management Certificate Program provides a strong foundation of management principles and leadership skills to find work in the ever-changing global media landscape.