RENEE ERLICH KALFUS (Costume Designer)

Trained in painting at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, RENEE ERLICH KALFUS (Costume Designer) began working in commercials about 10 years ago, seguing into feature films with Once Around, directed by Lasse Halstrom. She has by now completed two more pictures with him, the off-beat and totally unique What's Eating Gilbert Grape, starring Johnny Depp and Juliette Lewis, and, most recently, The Cider House Rules for Miramax, drawn from the John Irving novel.

A New Jersey native, Kalfus lives in Westchester, New York. Snow Falling on Cedars took her to places she'd never been: the Pacific Northwest as well as the Canadian province of British Columbia. "I'd not known too much about that period of American history," she says, "and I was extremely moved by what I learned and what I witnessed while making the film. Many of the Japanese extras had been in the camps and brought their families to participate. During the days and nights of dressing hundreds of people, many of them wept, in reliving that experience...and I had tears of my own."

Kalfus had another very emotional work experience when she created costumes for Dead Man Walking, Tim Robbins' film about a condemned man. Films on a lighter note include Griffin Dunne's Addicted to Love, starring Meg Ryan and Matthew Broderick, and The Evening Star with legends Jack Nicholson and Shirley MacLaine. Other credits include Crazy in Love (Martha Coolidge), With Honors (Alek Keshishian, and Safe Passage (Robert Alan Ackerman) starring Susan Sarandon and Sam Shepard.

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