Tuesday, August 20, 2013


2003 American Feature

Cast: Renee Leblanc, Jonathan Caouette, Adolph Davis, Rosemary Davis and David Sanin Paz
Writer/Director: Jonathan Caouette

Culled from 19 years of his life, filmmaker Jonathan Caouette documents his growing up with a schizophrenic mother through a mixture of snapshots, Super-8 footage, answering machine messages, video diaries and early short films.



  • DVD: Available


  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Documentary.
  • Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Documentary.
  • Milan International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival Award for Best Film.
  • National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Non-Fiction Film.

  • Writer/director Jonathan Caouette's first film.
  • Initially made for a total budget of just $218.32, using free iMovie software on a Macintosh personal computer.
  • While the film was being developed, it came to the attention of filmmakers John Cameron Mitchell and Gus Van Sant, who signed on as executive producers.
  • Walk Away Renee, Jonathan Caouette's companion film to Tarnation, documents his cross-country journey with his mother Renee Leblanc, who is to enter an assisted living facility close to Caouette's home, necessiating a move from Houston to New York. It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011, and was released internationally in 2012.

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