Renee Tajima-Peña
Producer/ Director/ Co-writer

Renee is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker, whose previous works include Who Killed Vincent Chin?, My America...or Honk if You Love Buddha, the Mexico Story of The New Americans series and Labor Women for PBS; The Last Beat Movie (Sundance Channel); Jennifer’s in Jail (Lifetime), and The Best Hotel on Skid Row (HBO). Her films have premiered at major festivals including Toronto, Cannes, Sundance, London, San Francisco and new Directors/New Films. Tajima-Peña is the wife and mother of Calavera Highway’s protagonists. Armando Peña and Gabe Tajima-Peña. Tajima-Peña has been awarded the Alpert Award in the Arts for Film/Video, two Rockefeller Fellowships in Documentary Film, a Peabody Award, a Dupont-Columbia Award, and other honores. She began her filmmaking career at Third World Newsreel and Asian Cine-Vision, and has been a film critic for The Village Voice and cultural commentator on NPR.



Evangeline Griego

Evangeline Griego is an award winning independent documentary producer/director who has been working in film for the past 18 years. Her credits include the documentaries the Mexico story of The New Americans Series, Paño Arte: Images from Inside and Border Visions/Visiones Fronterizas Currently she is completing the feature documentary God Willing about a bible-baseed nomadic cult.Griego’s extensive producing experience includes short and feature films, music videos and public service announcements. She has produced for the J. Paul Getty Trust, and worked with the Walt Disney Company, Faction Films, Morgan Creek Productions and MGM Studios. She was the Festival manager at OUTFEST and has served on its board and is the Co-Founder of the Silver Lake Film Festival. She currently serves on the board of directors for NALIP.


Renee Tajima-Peña

Evangeline Griego

Executive Producer
Jeff Bieber

Johanna Demetrakas

Jonathan Schell

Sara Chin

Original Music
Brian Kirk
Sharon Smith

Armando Peña

Postproduction Supervisor
Bill Bryn Russell

Online Editor/Additional Editor
Bill Bryn Russell

Assistant Editor
Duc Nguyen

Sound Design & Mix
Joe Milner

Music Consultant
Betto Arcos

Musical Performance
Ry Cooder
Joachim Cooder
Rene Gasca & Los Frijoles Romanticos

Produced in association with American Documentary/P.O.V.
Executive Producer
Simon Kilmurry

A Co-Presentation of Latino Public Broadcasting
Executive Producer
Patricia Boero

Additional Funders
Alpert Award in the Arts
Durfee Foundation
Farmers Insurance
Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media
Renew Media
Rockefeller Intercultural Media Fellowship
US-Mexico Fund for Culture