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Presenting the 2017
UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Fellowship in Film Award...

Reina Higashitani is based in Los Angeles and New York. She has over ten years of experience working as a documentary producer/director. Her first documentary, Shall We Sing? (2007), ran on a national broadcast on PBS. Her producing/camera credits include Academy Award nominated documentary short Redemption (HBO, 2013), The Latin Explosion: A New America (HBO, 2015), No Contract, No Cookies (HBO, 2011) and Wartorn 1861 – 2010 (HBO, 2010). In 2015, she shifted her focus to fiction filmmaking and joined the MFA Film Directing program at UCLA. She is currently in post-production of her short film Strings, a relationship drama about a high school teacher and her troubled student. Last summer, she served as Assistant Producer for Francis Ford Coppola for UCLA’s theater and film collaboration project live cinema, Distant Vision. Reina is also passionate about arts education. She ran a youth media summer camp for eight years and led various media workshops and mentorship programs for at-risk youth and people with disabilities. She holds an MA in Cinema Studies from New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

 

 

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