In Memory of Kayo Hatta
Kayo Hatta, an independent filmmaker whose 1995 film “Picture Bride” won an Audience Award for Best Dramatic Film at the Sundance Film Festival, passed away on July 20, 2005 at the age of 47. The cause of death was drowning.
“The Picture Bride”, which is set in early 20th century Hawaii, tells the tale of a poor Japanese woman who moves to Hawaii to marry a sugarcane plantation worker based on an exchange of photographs. Hatta directed and co-wrote the film, which was a breakthrough in Asian Pacific Islander filmmaking.
Hatta graduated from Stanford University with a degree in English and received a master's degree in film from UCLA.