Born and raised in Japan and Spain, Reina is a first-generation immigrant filmmaker based in Los Angeles and New York. Upon obtaining her M.A. in Cinema Studies at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Reina served as a staff producer and director for over eight years for a documentary production company and media center, DCTV in New York.
The first documentary Reina directed, “Shall We Sing?”, was broadcast on PBS in the U.S. and on KTV in Japan, screened in festivals worldwide including Tokyo Video Festival, where it won the Excellence Award and People’s Award. She has produced and associate produced a number of documentaries including Sundance official selection feature documentary “Kusama-Infinity” (Magnolia Pictures, 2018), Academy Award-nominated documentary short “Redemption” (HBO, 2013), as well as “No Contract, No Cookies” (HBO, 2011) and “Wartorn 1861-2010” (HBO, 2010).
Intrigued by the power of visual storytelling, Reina shifted her focus to fiction filmmaking and earned her M.F.A in Film and TV Directing at UCLA. She has written and directed five narrative shorts and produced more than ten additional shorts. The shorts she directed received the Jack Nicholson Distinguished Student Director Award, National Association of Theatre Owners of California/Nevada Fellowship in Film, Hollywood Foreign Press Association Directing Fellowship, Caucus Foundation grant, and Panavision New Filmmaker grant.
Reina associate produced Francis Ford Coppola’s Live Cinema broadcast at UCLA. She also interned at Oscar-winning filmmaker Casey Affleck’s production company, Sea Change Media.
Born into a family of educators, Reina is also passionate about media education. She has served as a lecturer at the UCLA Film and Television program. She also 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 in New York.
She is currently developing a feature film script and a TV pilot script, and is working toward directing a feature film in the near future.
UN-NUN Productions llc
UN-NUN is an independent production company first organized by three Japanese artists Rie, Atsuko, and Reina in 2003 in NY to create an outlet for emerging immigrant artists. The closest translation of Un-Nun is “etc.” or “and so on” and it is used to indicate that further or similar items are included. It also means making “such and such” criticism and arguments about something. Our goal is to create media that provoke further thoughts and discussions.