My America...or Honk if you Love Buddha (1997) - 1994 Fellowship
Format: 16 mm
Length: 87 min.
An odyssey across America to record the history and future of Asians in America, and to explore the intersection between race and democracy.
Best Cinematography, Documentary, Sundance/Best Overall Documentary, Athens International Film and Video Festival
Boston Asian American Film Festival (MA)/Cinequest San Jose International Film Festival (CA)/Florida Film Festival (FL)/Helsinki International Film Festival (Finland)/Leipzig International Film Festival (Germany)/Seattle Asian American Film Festival (WA)/Seattle International Film Festival (WA)/Opening Night Film, Auror Asian American Film Festival/Boston Asian American Film Festival (MA)/Cinequest San Jose International Film Festival (CA)/San Francisco Asian Pacific Film (CA)/Council on Foundation's Film and Video Festival/Athens Festival (OH)/Sundance (Utah)/Los Angeles Asian-Pacific Film and Video Festival (CA)/Asian American International Film Festival (NY)/Chicago Asian American Film Festival (IL)/Ameins International Film Festival (France)/Charlotte Film Festival (NC)/Women of Color Film (Santa Cruz, CA)/Singapore International Film Festival (Singapore)/Taipei Film Festival Festival (Taiwan)
The Museum of Modern Art (NY)/Smithsonian Institution Freer Art Gallery (Washington, D.C.)/Laemmle Grand 4-Plex (Los Angeles, CA)/Laemmle Monica (Santa Monica,CA)/Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, OH)/
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Calavera Highway (2008) - 1994 Fellowship
In this feature documentary, an installment of a series of road films, two brothers' road trip provides a chance for them to grapple with their motherÂ’s recent death, their fatherÂ’s disappearance years ago, and with the different directions that their siblingsÂ’ lives have taken. It is both a family portrait and a discussion of the cultural bifurcation experienced by Mexican Americans.
Law of Despair - 1990 Fellowship
A documentary about a Japanese-American mother who kills her children but fails in her suicide attempt.
Kansas Stories (2002)
The Last Beat Movie (1997)
My America. . . Or Honk if You Love Buddha (1997)
The Best Hotel on Skid Row (1990)
What the Americans Really Think of the Japanese (1990)
Who Killed Vincent Chin? (1988, co-director)
Media Achievement Award, Steve Tatsukawa Memorial Award, 1998
Best Overall Documentary Award, Athens International Film and Video Festival, OH, 1998
Best Documentary Cinematography Award, Sundance Film Festival, 1997
Columbia-DuPont Award, Silver Baton, 1991
Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism, 1990
Screening: Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival, 1990
1980 BA, East Asian Studies and Sociology, Harvard-Radcliffe College, Cambridge, MA
April, May, June 2008
Rene Tajima-Peña’s feature documentary Calavera Highway was shown in the San Francisco International Film Festival. As they travel across the country, two brothers grapple with their mother’s recent death, their father’s disappearance years ago, and with the different directions that their siblings’ lives have taken.
January, February, March 2008
Rene Tajima-Peña’s feature documentary Calavera Highway was shown in the San Diego Latino Film Festival. As they travel across the country, two brothers grapple with their mother’s recent death, their father’s disappearance years ago, and with the different directions that their siblings’ lives have taken.
February - March 2006
Renee Tajima-PeÃ±a and Christine ChoyÂ’s documentary Who Killed Vincent Chin?, which investigates the judicial process after the 1982 murder of a Chinese American in Detroit, screened as part of a special retrospective at the New Directors/New Films series in New York in March.