Filmmaker. Photographer. Storyteller.
Born and raised on the beautiful majestic island of Kaua'i, Hawai'i. Rex Moribe has built a diverse career – from being a professional Bodyboarder (surfer) with a signature bodyboard at the age 17, to an IT engineer, to an entrepreneur to a filmmaker. He follows through on his passions and goals.
His documentary feature, "Dear Thalia" which follows a 3-year-old homeless girl and her family living on the streets of Hawai'i premiered at the 2015 Hawaii International Film Festival with rave reviews and also won a Social Change Award at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival. Dear Thalia streamed on Comcast's video-on-demand site Xfinity.com and most recently on PBS Hawai'i in February of 2021. Rex is a Creative Labs alumni, a state of Hawai'i sponsored creative writing program. His TV pilot based on his wife's job as a Waikiki Concierge was picked to be analyzed and reworked with Hollywood WGA writers. Creative Labs is an intensive 1-year program, in which Rex learned about the creative writing process and story-telling.
He now lives in the beautiful country of Switzerland. Rex has expanded his portfolio by producing a music video, making a promotional video for the Lili Centre, Vlogs for Newly Swissed, & event videos for British Swiss Chamber of Commerce. He also continues to Vlog/blog about his new life in Switzerland on his personal youtube page,"Rex Vs Show".
Rex is excited to work with everyone in Switzerland and telling their stories by films, commercials, music videos, photos or writings. He also speaks a little Deutsch (B1-level). If you would like to collaborate or work with Rex, please feel free to contact him.
Awards, Film Festivals & Recognitions
Dear Thalia was picked "Best of PAAFF 2016 program" and streamed on Comcast's VOD, Xfinity for 30 days prior to "PAAFF" 2017
Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival "PAAFF" 2016
The first event of its kind in Philadelphia - a film festival celebrating and elevating the Asian American experience. Since 2008 PAAFF is proud to have presented dozens of culturally relevant films and exciting programming to broad and diverse audiences from Chinatown to Center City to University City.
Vijay Mohan Social Change Award
Vijay Krishna Mohan was a filmmaker, musician, activist, author, and beloved member of the PAAFF staff who passed away in 2015 after a cycling accident, Starting in 2015 we began giving an award in his name to the film or filmmaker who best embodies Vijay's spirit of transformative change through media.
We felt that Dear Thalia was the most deserving film because of the positive impact it has had in the Martin family's lives, and your film's broader potential for creating dialogue on the many causes of homelessness.
Hawaiian International Film Festival
As the vanguard forum of international cinematic achievement in the Asia-Pacific region, Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) endeavors to recognize new and emerging talent, promote career development and original collaborations through innovative education programs, and facilitate dynamic cultural exchange through the cinema arts.
Creative Labs Alumni 2016
Creative Lab Hawaii, founded in 2012 by the Hawaii State Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism’s Creative Industries Division (CID), is a key facet of DBEDT’s HI Growth Initiative, is developing an ecosystem to increase export, attract investment and build the state’s creative entrepreneurial capacity.
Producer, Director of Photography & Editor:
Ticket to Nowhere - Music Video
Producer, Director & Editor:
Dear Thalia - Documentary
The Man who Feared - Short
Writers Immersive Program 2016
Hawaii Filmmakers Collective "HFC" Alumni/Volunteer
Co-founder of HFC Writers Room