AFDA Johannesburg alumni Tarryn Lee Crossman is an accomplished producer and director who recently had three of her documentaries – “Fatherland”, “Hyena Boys”, and “I am Juli” screened at the Indie Karoo Film Festival. “Fatherland” won the Aloe Award for second best feature documentary.
“Tarryn was one of our early Johannesburg campus graduates and always demonstrated a good attitude towards research and a passion for storytelling.” says AFDA Co-Founder and Chairman Garth Holmes.
“ I just love telling stories and tend to gravitate to what I find interesting at the moment. I don’t have a specific genre of documentary that I stick to.” says Tarryn
Tarryn has been creating content all over Africa for over 10 years, winning awards for both her independent documentaries, as well as her commercial work. Most notably taking home the best documentary award at the California International Shorts Festival for her film, “Hyena Boys” and 3 Promax awards including a gold for her work for Guinness and MTV in 2014.
Tarryn was also nominated for the best documentary director category at the SAFTA’s 2015. She has screened films in film festivals across the world, most recently at the Flickerfest in Sydney, The Portland International Film Festival, Love Your Shorts in Florida and locally at the Durban International Film Festival.
Tarryn created and runs her own company TIA Productions, based in Johannesburg producing content across Africa for both local and international broadcasters.
Tarryn has just returned from the states where she has been shooting her second feature documentary. (untitled as yet)
“ It deals with how social media has changed the way we grieve or how we say goodbye. We are doing three different stories from three different parts of the world. One from Australia, which is about Kallis Fryer. She died in a car accident and left behind a bucket list that went viral. The second one is from the USA. It is about Amber Cornwell, a teenager who wrote about her suicide on Facebook before she killed herself. The third is from SA, we don’t have this one locked down yet.”
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