Documentarian / Editor


Jean is an award-winning film editor and producer, who developed her love of exploring nuanced and complex human experiences as a Korean teenager adjusting to her new life in America. 

Her most recent work is LEE SOO MAN: THE KING OF K-POP, a documentary feature centering one of the pioneers of the Korean Wave and K-Pop. It was produced by This Machine, and will be distributed by Amazon MGM Studios in 2024.

She also edited and helped produce critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary features such as BAD PRESS (Special Jury Award at Sundance Film Festival, Critics’ Choice Award Nomination), ACCEPTED (Emmy Award Nomination, Audience Award at SFF) and SAVE MY SEOUL (Grand Jury Prize at LAAPFF). Her other credits include LIQUOR STORE DREAMS (Tribeca, POV), ON THESE GROUNDS (SXSW, POV), NEVER TOO LATE: THE DOC SEVERINSEN STORY (Full Frame, POV), and PERMISSION TO EXIST.  

In 2023 she was selected for the DOC NYC “40 Under 40” list.

In her free time, she likes to cut and edit things other than film, like hair, clothes and food. 

And this is a track that’s stuck in her head at the moment. 

Select Awards

Sundance Special Jury Award - Bad Press
Emmy Award Nomination Outstanding Social Issue Documentary - Accepted
Critics’ Choice Award NominationBad Press
Best Documentary Feature at Riverrun International Film Festival - Bad Press
Audience Award at Sidewalk Film Festival - Accepted
Grand Jury Award at LA Asian Pacific Film Festival - Save My Seoul
40 Under 40 Honoree - DOC NYC
Sustainable Artist Grantee - Brown Girls Doc Mafia
Best Documentary at Duke University - The Social Group
Audience Award at Carrboro Film Festival - The Social Group



Firelight Media Mentor
Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellow
NBCU Academy Original Voices Fellow
The Gotham Documentary Fellow
Sundance Documentary Fund - Bad Press
Sundance Documentary Fund - Liquor Store Dreams
Ford Foundation JustFilms - Bad Press
Full Frame Documentary Fellow
IDA Juror Documentary Best Editing 

Select Press

“Nothing Is Wasted in the Process of Documentary Editing”: Editor Jean Rheem on Bad Press

“Jean Rheem’s editing balances characterful detail and humor with considerable narrative propulsion. Like the political skullduggery it depicts, “Bad Press” tells a tale we’d love never to see played out again— yet watching it is undeniably entertaining.”

“Landberry-Baker and Peeler’s documentary is thus the perfect illustration of what happens when you dismantle the Fourth and Fifth Estates and wind up putting democracy in peril, and it’s something everyone in America should be worried about right now.”

“…a movie can grab hold of you simply through the power of its subject. That’s true of Bad Press, an absorbing, eye-opening look at the fight for a free and open press in the Muscogee (Creek) Nation directed by Rebecca Landsberry-Baker and Joe Peeler.”
New York Times Critic’s Pick