Dutch-born filmmaker Tjardus Greidanus grew up watching the hardboiled urban crime dramas and films noirs that came out of Hollywood in the late 40’s and 50’s. Inspired by those films, he directed his first student feature at age 16 after his family emigrated from Holland to Canada. The Fire Within won the Alberta Motion Picture Industry Award for best amateur film and opened the door to film school, where he made two more student features. After graduating from Southern Alberta Institute of Technology with honors, he worked in Vancouver as an assistant director and locations manager on many movies and television series.
Tjardus then moved to Los Angeles where he wrote, directed, edited and shot HBO specials and DVD content for director Michael Mann’s films Collateral, Miami Vice, Public Enemies, Blackhat and the director’s HBO series, Luck. He has also photographed several feature documentaries and the cutting edge PBS series, Wired Science, and recently directed, wrote and edited A Shot to Save the World, a feature documentary about the Salk polio vaccine. That film won a Cine Golden Eagle award and came to the attention of Bill Gates, who was interviewed for the version that aired on the Smithsonian Channel and the BBC.
Earlier this year, Tjardus wrote and directed his second feature, Hellbent, a $5 million road movie starring Isabelle Fuhrman (Hunger Games), Martin Henderson (Everest) and Kimberly Elise (For Colored Girls), produced by the UK’s Daryl Prince Productions and slated for a 2016 release.
His first screenplay, the period romance and crime drama A New York Heartbeat, was a quarter-finalist for the Academy of Motion Picture’s Nicholl Fellowships and marked his feature directorial debut. In 2014, it captured the prize for Best Feature Film at New Filmmakers LA’s annual awards and was released by Echo Bridge Entertainment.
Tjardus is currently developing Patenting the Sun, a feature based on A Shot to Save the World.