Ghost Pictures

Film and Video Artist

Ghost Pictures, A Film Production Company, Rea Tajiri

Rea Tajiri

New York, NY US

Rea Tajiri is a New York based film and video artist, who is currently teaching in the Department of Cinema, Photography, and Media Arts at Ithaca College. Tajiri was born in Chicago, Illinois where her parents resettled after her father served in the 442nd regiment during WWII. She earned her BFA and MFA degree from the California Institute of the Arts where she studied studio art. Upon graduation, Tajiri began working in video art, having two early works included in the Whitney Biennials of 1989 and 1991. One of these early works, History and Memory went on to receive the Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Documentary Association and a Special Jury Award from the San Francisco International Film Festival. This documentary short has screened in over 250 venues around the world. After completing this film, Tajiri, developed an interest in the history of social movements and was approached by civil rights organizer Pat Saunder to co-produce a film on the life of Harlem human rights activist Yuri Kochiyama. They received a production grant from the PBS series "P.O.V to complete the film entitled: Passion for Justice. After completion of this documentary, Tajiri produced and directed her debut dramatic feature film Strawberry Fields, which received its European premiere at the Venice International Film Festival. Strawberry Fields won the Grand Prix at the Fukuoka Asian Film Festival and subsequently received theatrical release through Phaedra Cinema. It is currently available on Netflix. Tajiri has received fellowships for her work from the Rockefeller Foundation, NEA Visual Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. In 2004, she received a two-month residency at the MacDowell Colony. Tajiri has been a visiting filmmaker at numerous universities and colleges across the country including Hampshire College, University of Colorado Boulder, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of California Santa Barbara, Georgetown University, Smith College, Brown University and was a Visiting Professor at Temple University and School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Currently, she is in development on a new dramatic fiction project entitled Venus' Celestial Beauty and completing post-production on an experimental short entitled; Bridge. -->

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