Born in Chicago, Illinois, Rea Tajiri is a filmmaker and visual artist. She earned both her BFA and MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in post-studio art. Poetic, subtly layered and politically engaged, her work advances the exploration of forgotten histories, multi-generational memory, landscape and the Japanese American experience. As an advocate of emerging artists and directors, Rea co-founded The Workshop, an incubator for Asian American film directors in New York City. Currently, she is an Associate Professor in the Film Media Arts Department at Temple University. A few of her screenings and exhibitions include: Afterlife: What Remains (2018), Alice Gallery, Seattle; WATARIDORI: birds of passage (2018), Asian Arts Initiative, Philidelphia; Ann Arbor Film Festival (2018), Michigan; Asian American International Film Festival (2017), New York City, New York; CAAM Fest (2014), Pacific Film Archives and Sundance Kabuki Theater, California and Whitney Biennial, (1989, 1991, 1993) Whitney Museum, New York. Some of her honors and awards include Ringleader, True/False Film Festival (2019); Juror, Blackstar Film Festival, Documentary Shorts, (2018); Juror, Ann Arbor Film Festival, (2018); Pew Project Grant (2018); Center for Asian American Media Documentary Award (2016, 2018), Pew Fellowship (2015), VP Arts Grant (2014, 2018), Banff Center for the Arts residency (2018), and the MacDowell Colony residency (2004).