Tamar Jatchvadze was born in Republic of Georgia. From the young age of 4, she was enrolled at an Art Academy of A. Virsaladze, (Tbilisi, Georgia) where she performed on stage as an actor, danced and where she learned acting, ballet, folk dances, singing. Tamar has been writing poetry and short prose since she was nine years old. (In her native Georgian language, respectively).
She got accepted into Tbilisi State University on full scholarship, where she studied TV-Radio Journalism for a year and where she honed her writing skills further, writing essays and articles that won praise from her professors and teachers.
From an early age, she knew she wanted to live in New York, to chase her own American dream and so, with just one suitcase full of dreams and inspirations and no worldly or life experience, she moved to US.
Tamar has written a feature script about her immigrant experience in New York. Her struggles, triumphs and personal growth, the unique experiences she went through in the city that never sleeps. Juggling two day jobs, supporting her mother back home and herself, Tamar worked hard on her accent, her English and applied to AADA. She graduated from American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NYC) with a diploma in acting. Her favorite acting teacher loved her writing so much, he told her to pursue screenwriting and filmmaking. She was hurt – instead of being told she was a great actress; she was told something else… It would take Tamar ten years to come to the realization that he was right all along.
As one of her passions, she has worked as a freelance makeup artist on plays produced at the school as well as in Georgian Theater in NYC, where she also performed. She had a successful Makeup Artist career spanning over 12 years in Brooklyn New York, where she found her second home and made the best of friends who essentially became her family in US.
In 2016, Tamar took screenwriting classes at Jacob Krueger's Studio. She was involved in a Pro-track program there with Linda Roberts, honing her skills working on a feature screenplay.
Her debut short film, The Onion Boy, won Audience Choice Award at NewFilmmakers NY, Special Mentions at Global Shorts and was a semi-finalist at Los Angeles Cinefest and Global Short Film Cannes.
She has written and directed short films One Step at a Time (Los Angeles CineFest – Semi-Finalist, selected by NewFilmmaker NY) and A Conversation (Los Angeles Cinefest Semi-Finalist, selected by NewFilmmakers NY and Lift-Off Filmmaker Sessions at Pinewood Studios)
Tamar wrote and directed a spec-commercial for Montblanc Pen – to showcase her abilities as a writer/director.
In 2019 Tamar optioned her feature script Hope (currently in pre-production). She wrote/directed an award-winning documentary short film Bring Them Home. (Winner of Best Documentary at Catalina Film Festival 2022, Best Documentary Short at San Luis Obispo Film Festival, Best of The Festival at Los Angeles Television, Script and Film Festival, Gold Award at Independent Shorts Awards 2021, Veteran’s Voices Award at Portland Film Festival 2021, Finalist as Best Documentary at Venice Shorts, and was selected by numerous other festivals.) She is currently working on her first feature Open Road. (Pre-production).
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