Cheyenne Tan is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has been screened at some of the biggest documentary film festivals in the world. “St. Louis Superman”, a television documentary that she co-produced, was commissioned by Al Jazeera English for their Witness branch. The film world premiered at the Oscar-qualifying Big Sky Documentary Film Festival where it won the Best Short Documentary, making the film eligible for an Academy Award nomination the following year. The film has since played at Tribeca Film Festival and Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival where it was given the Special Jury Mention and the Audience Award respectively.
Cheyenne is producing a documentary feature set in Mumbai, India about a hip hop crew in one of Asia’s biggest slums, called “Dharavi” that is directed by Smriti Mundhra and executive produced by BAFTA-winning filmmaker, Shekhar Kapur and Academy Award-winning composer, AR Rahman. She is also producing a documentary series about the rebuilding of Flint, Michigan after the water crisis and this project is supported by the ITVS Diversity Development Fund. Cheyenne’s producing credits include a documentary about female battle rappers in New York and a documentary series that explores what it takes to make it in Bollywood.
Her previous works are “Rasa Sayang” and “Starting From Scratch” which Cheyenne produced and directed. “Starting From Scratch” won the top prize at the CCH Film Festival. She also worked on the 2018 documentary feature, “Alt-Right: Age of Rage” that premiered at the SXSW Film Festival as well as “Vixen”, a BET original documentary about hip hop music video models in the 2000s that went viral with over 200,000 views in its first week of release.
Cheyenne is based in Los Angeles but Borneo will always be home.