In 2005 Takesue received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Film. Other honors include a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship, two artist fellowships from the New York Foundation in the Arts, an Eastman Kodak Cinematography Fellowship, and grants from the Independent Television Service (ITVS), Ford Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, National Asian American Telecommunications Association, The Arts Council of England and artist fellowships at Yaddo Artist Colony and the MacDowell Colony.
Takesue’s feature-length Ugandan documentary, Where Are You Taking Me?, was commissioned by the Rotterdam International Film Festival and premiered at the festival, followed by screenings in dozens of venues including MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight, the Los Angles Film Festival, and festivals in Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Uganda, Poland, Portugal and India. In 2012 Where Are You Taking Me? was theatrically released by Icarus Films, was a Critics’ Pick by Time Out-New York and LA Weekly and was described by The New York Times as, "Fascinating...an unusual, visually rich visit to the nation."
Her 2011 narrative short That Which Once Was, commissioned by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), explores the plight of environmental refugees and premiered at the SXSW Film Festival. The film received the Futurestates Audience Award and has screened at festivals from Korea to Copenhagen.
Raised in Hawai'i and Massachusetts, Takesue received a B.A. from Oberlin College and an M.F.A. from Temple University. Before coming to Rutgers-Newark, Takesue was Assistant Professor in the Film Program at Syracuse University. She currently teaches introductory and advanced video production courses in documentary and narrative, as well as film studies as an assistant professor at Rutgers-Newark University. (8/14)
A film by Kimi Takesue, 2002, 35 min., Color
HEAVEN'S CROSSROAD traces an impressionistic journey through Vietnam exploring the nuances and complexities of “looking” cross-culturally. Structured ...
Summer of the Serpent
A film by Kimi Takesue, 2004, 27 min., Color
This beautiful short drama exquisitely explores the unlikely bond that develops between two people from different worlds. Eight-year old Juliette sits...