Reiko Tahara is an independent documentary filmmaker whose work has been exhibited across the states at festivals and art venues including SXSW, Hawaii Int’l Film Festival, Margaret Mead, Walker Art Center, Japan Society, Pacific Film Archive, and various Asian American film festivals, 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 a few fellowships including the emerging artists overseas program from the Japanese government. She is Co-founder and Curator of the Uno Port Art Films (est. 2010), an annual summer outdoor film festival in Okayama, Japan. UPAF, with its theme of “Life, Art, Films,” aims to connect unexpected dots by introducing cutting edge independent films mainly from or about underrepresented world communities to underserved rural populations in Japan. She has BA in Humanities from Waseda University in Tokyo, MA in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research, studied journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and mentored under a legendary documentary professor-author Deirdre Boyle. She has taught at the New School, Temple University (PA), and City College in the past, and has been teaching at NYU and the Hunter MFA IMA since 2010.  The courses taught include: documentary history and theory; documentary production; world cinema; Japanese cinema; fundraising for independent media; and new currents in documentary.