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Tani Ikeda



Tani Ikeda


Tani Ikeda is an Emmy winning director who creates narratives, documentaries, music videos, and commercial films. She was recently selected as one of Sundance's 2018 intensive screenwriting lab's fellows and was also named one of Film Independent’s 33 Emerging Filmmakers as a Project: Involve Directors Fellow. Ikeda was an Executive Producer and Director on the Blackpills Documentary TV Series "Resist" with Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors about the fight against LA County's 3.5 billion dollar jail plan. Ikeda has directed films in China, Uganda, India, and the United States. Her work has been recognized in The Hollywood Reporter, Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan magazine and has screened internationally at festivals around the world including the Sundance Film Festival.

At the age of 21, Tani Ikeda co-founded imMEDIAte Justice, a nonprofit that fosters the talents of young women artists working in virtual reality. She is the current executive director of imMEDIAte Justice and was named one of the “25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World,” by the Utne Reader. ImMEDIAte Justice has received national attention on CNN, NBC, and Univision. Ikeda tours the country speaking at universities and national conferences about storytelling as a tool for social justice.

Tani holds a Bachelors Degree in Film Production from the University of Southern California and currently resides in Los Angeles.


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Whitesmith Entertainment

Whitesmith Entertainment is a full-service talent management firm based in Los Angeles and New York, spanning the music, comedy, film, TV, & sports industries. We take pride in working with artists who have a unique voice, style and meaning to their fans. Whitesmith balances a youthful edge while maintaining a deep knowledge within the fields of touring, merchandising, online marketing, social networking, branding, sponsorship, as well as physical and non-traditional content releases. Whitesmith Entertainment is available for outside consulting services in all areas of artist development, content releases, touring services, online marketing, and beyond.


Nonprofit Co-Founder & Executive Director

imMEDIAte Justice

imMEDIAte Justice is a nonprofit that envisions a world where young women can find power in media. Our mission is to educate, inspire, and equip high school girls to tell their stories through films that ignite positive change in the world.


Project: Involve Fellow

Film Independent

Selected as one of Film Independent’s 33 Emerging Filmmakers as a Project: Involve Directors Fellow.

Film Independent is a non-profit member-based organization that champions the cause of independent film and supports a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation, and uniqueness of vision.

Based out of Los Angeles with a member base of roughly 5,000, Film Independent produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival each year, while providing its members with valuable filmmaking resources and the opportunity to see the latest indie releases.


Board Member

Reel Grrls

Reel Grrls is a unique after-school media & technology training program that empowers girls to critique media images and to gain media production skills in a safe, open environment, mentored by a network of multi-cultural women media professionals.


Action Advisory Board Member

Women, Action, and the Media

The WAM! Community Action Network (WAM!CAN) is a grassroots direct-action network dedicated to creating gender justice in media at all levels, including ownership, employment, representation and access. It’s a network of people who share your concern about the state of our media, coming together to take action to create the media ecosystem we deserve. Once a month, we put out the WAM! signal and we all take one single, targeted action together. The rest of the time, WAM!CAN helps you talk issues and strategy with others who share your concerns, and promote actions of your own and others that promote gender justice in media.

The other Action Advisory Board members include Emily May, Hollaback! Executive Director and international leader in the anti-street-harassment movement and Aminatou Sow Tech Ladymafia co-founder and digital strategist who runs online marketing campaigns for national non-profits, public affairs groups and Fortune 500 companies. Over the past year, WAM! CAN has lead actions that have forced facebook to become accountable to their own hate speech policies involving violent content towards women.

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Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

Emmy Winning Documentary Television Director

"Wonder Women" documentary series

Director of Episode "Sound of My Drum" submitted to the Academy-2017 Daytime Emmy Winner

Sundance Screenwriters Fellow

Sundance Fellow

Selected as one of Sundance's 2018 Intensive screenwriters lab fellows. 

Film Independent’s 33 Emerging Filmmakers

Film Independent

Selected as one of Film Independent’s 33 Emerging Filmmakers as a Project: Involve Directors Fellow.

Armed with a Camera Fellow

Visual Communications

Visual Communications Armed with a Camera Fellow for Emerging Media Artists.

Featured in the LA Times

Los Angeles Times

#NoBanNoWall documentary about two young activists who helped organize the LAX protests after the Muslim Ban is featured in the LA Times along with a Q&A about the craft of directing.

Featured in ELLE Magazine

ELLE Magazine

After launching the #SurvivorLoveLetter campaign that encourages people to write love letters to survivors of sexual assault ELLE magazine worked with Tani to release a #SurvivorLoveLetter documentary that focused on the stories of queer women of color survivors.

Interview on Teen Vogue

Teen Vogue

Tani Ikeda is featured in Teen Vogue on Valentines Day for her project #SurvivorLoveLetter that encourages survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones to publicly celebrate survivors by writing letters of love.

Interview on Cosmopolitan

Cosmopolitan Magazine

Tani Ikeda is featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine for her work fighting rape culture through her project #SurvivorLoveLetter. 

Interview on UNIVISION


After the rousing success of imMEDIAte Justice's online campaign to win the pepsi refresh contest and with the recent success of imMEDIAte Justice's first film "Mariposa" screening in New York at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, UNIVISION interviewed executive director Tani Ikeda about the organization.

Interview on CNN


imMEDIAte Justice participant, Esperanza Hernandez's film Mariposa about coming out to her family as gay on the eve of her Quincenera was aired on CNN followed by an interview with Hernandez and the executive director of imMEDIAte Justice, Tani Ikeda.

Interview on NBC


imMEDIAte Justice is the winner of 25 thousand dollars for two consecutive years through the pepsi refresh contest.

Pepsi Refresh Winner

Pepsi Refresh Contest

Through mobilizing voters through social media, imMEDIAte Justice wins a $25,000 grant from Pepsi.

Winner of the Do Something Grant


imMEDIAte Justice's first seed grant from a partnership with Mountain Dew and DoSomething.org to launch the first filmmaking summer camp for girls.

The Order of The Laurel And The Palm Winner

University of Southern California

The Order of The Laurel And The Palm Winner, the highest award given to graduating seniors at the University of Southern California who have shown exemplary leadership and scholarship.

CGI Outstanding Commitment Award Winner

Clinton Global Initiative

Recipient of the Clinton Global Initiative University Outstanding Commitment Award Winner.

Media Arts Grant recipient from the NCPD

National Center for the Preservation of Democracy

Media Arts Grant recipient from the National Center for the
Preservation of Democracy to run film production training for high school girls.

Multicultural Getty Fellow

Japanese American National Museum

Internship in the Media Arts and Video Production Department at the Japanese American National Museum.

Idyllwild Poetry Fellow


Poetry Fellow at the Idyllwild Poetry Summer Intensive.