Awards and Honors
Film series by Renee Tajima-Peña wins
By Jennifer McNulty
A documentary film by Renee Tajima-Peña, associate professor
of community studies, has been recognized by the International
"The New Americans" series, which was broadcast on
PBS stations last year, won a distinguished achievement award
from the association in the limited series category, competing
against films that included Martin Scorsese's The Blues.
The seven-hour series was produced by Kartemquin Films and directed
by five teams in five different countries; Tajima-Peña
directed the Mexico story.
Tajima-Peña also won an Alpert Award for the Arts in
the film/video category from California Institute of the Arts
(CalArts) and the Herb Alpert Foundation.
Established in 1994, the awards recognize five early
midcareer artists, providing $50,000 fellowships in the
fields of dance, film/video, music, theater, and visual arts.
Each fellowship includes a weeklong residency at CalArts. Tajima-Peña
will complete her residency in March, and her visit will include
a screening of The New Americans in the new Disney
On the 10th anniversary of the awards, Kip Cohen, president
of the Herb Alpert Foundation, marked the milestone by remarking:
"In a world gone fairly mad, the words, thoughts, and works
of the American artist are a vital and necessary balance to
counter the climate of manipulation and untruth that pervades
government and big business, and taints the once-purer world
of the media. The very least we can do is to publicly honor
and reward the finest of our emerging outspoken voices who are
now, and who have always been, our artists."
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