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Tani Ikeda



Tani Ikeda


Tani Ikeda is an award-winning director who creates narratives, documentaries, music videos, and commercial films. She was recently selected as one of Film Independent’s 33 Emerging Filmmakers as a Project: Involve Directors Fellow. As a documentary filmmaker in residence at the Communications University of China, Ikeda created, Other, the winner for best documentary at the Beijing Student Academy Awards and Turn Of The Harvest, official selection at the Asian American International Film Festival.

At the age of 21, Tani Ikeda co-founded imMEDIAte Justice, a summer workshop and community outreach program for girls devoted to revolutionizing sex education through filmmaking. 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 and has launched film production programs on the Quinault Reservation in Washington and a media justice camp for girls in Kampala, Uganda.

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 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 summer program that empowers young women from LA to share their experience of reproductive justice through film. With film mentors, young women write & direct films that offer a fresh take on sexual health education.

Our mission is to encourage girls to imagine a just world by telling their untold stories of gender and sexuality through film. We believe young women can have a strong and positive impact on their communities if given the tools to amplify their voice.


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

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.

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.