René Brar was born and raised in Vancouver. He earned degrees in film and religion at Yale University, where he also studied photography under Gregory Crewdson. He learned guerrilla filmmaking in New York working on films by Todd Haynes and Todd Solondz. In Los Angeles, he collaborated with commercial directors and writers while working as a story executive for Ridley Scott. His first feature film as a director was TAYLOR’S WAY, a luscious but creepy road trip with a handsome sociopath. After playing festivals around the world, it earned rave reviews and awards for its direction, cinematography, and naturalistic performances. His second feature, MARTIN’S PINK PICKLE, marked a homecoming for René. Shot on the streets where he grew up, the film premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival and featured performances by Canadian musicians Mac DeMarco and Alex Calder.


Potenza International Film Festival

Winner – Audience Prize

Fargo Film Festival

Winner – Best Actress

Santa Fe Film Festival

Finalist – Best Feature

Okanagan Film Festival

Winner – Best Indie Feature

Indie Spirit Film Festival

Official Selection

Vancouver International Film Festival

Official Selection

Whistler Film Festival

Official Selection

Calgary International Film Festival

Official Selection

Moving Image Film Festival

Official Selection

Waterfront Film Festival

Official Selection


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