Tchaiko grew up in seven different countries while her father worked for UNICEF. Her family moved to New York where she attended the United Nations High School and graduated from Columbia University with an African American Studies degree.  She interned for Spike Lee, Mira Nair and assisted directors George C. Wolfe and Tom Vaughan.  Tchaiko produced the short film His/Herstory with Franklin Leonard (The Black List), which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.  She went on to direct several short form projects including documentary America’s Shadows - HIV Risk in Black and Latino Youth (a Ford Foundation grantee) and several music videos.  She was awarded the Gaea Sea Change Residency for artists working for social change where the idea to make a film inspired by her journey with an eating disorder and self-harm was born.  She made the short film Solace then wrote the feature script (semi-finalist for 2012 Sundance Writers Lab) and completed production July 2015.  Solace is currently in postproduction. It is a 2016 Tribeca All Access Grantee, a 2016 IFP Narrative Lab participant, a 2016 Creative Visions Creative Activist Program grantee.  In between her independent projects she produces and production manages commercials.  You can see her work here: www.tchaiko.com