Richard Tanne

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Richard Tanne
Born (1985-02-04) February 4, 1985 (age 33)
Livingston, New Jersey, United States
Residence United States
Nationality American
Occupation director, writer, producer, actor
Years active 2005–present
Notable work Southside with You (2016)

Richard Tanne (born February 4, 1985)[1] is an American film director, writer, producer and actor. He made his feature directorial debut with the romance drama Southside with You (2016).

Early life[edit]

Tanne was born in the township of Livingston, New Jersey. As a teenager, Tanne's writing led to him being the recipient of the New Jersey Governor's Award for Excellence in Arts Education for playwriting.[2]

Following his initial success as a teenage writer, Tanne was announced as the winner of the Young Playwrights Inc. National Playwriting Competition, which was founded by Stephen Sondheim.[3] Other recipients include filmmaker Kenneth Lonergan and playwright Rebecca Gilman.[4]


Tanne became the host of Cinema Cool in 2010, and was also a co-creator of the movie talk show.[5]

His first major role as an actor came in 2011 in the TV movie, Swamp Shark. He was part of the main cast and played the role of a lead male, Tyler.[6] The film aired in 2011 on the SyFy Channel.[7]

He produced the independent horror film Mischief Night and the film was released by Lionsgate and After Dark Films on May 20, 2014.[8]

Tanne played a lead role in the 2014 independent film Worst Friends. The film was released on November 4, 2014. It also starred Kristen Connolly and Cody Horn.

In December 2014, it was announced that Tanne would make his feature directorial debut on the romance film Southside with You, for which he also wrote the script.[9] The film is based on the first date of American President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama, in Chicago, Illinois in 1989.[10] Around the same time, Tika Sumpter was announced as cast in the role of Michelle Obama, and also co-produced.[10] Principal photography on the film began on July 13, 2015 on location in Chicago,[11][2] and wrapped on July 31, 2015.[11]

Southside with You premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, and received positive reviews from critics.[12] It was released in North American theaters on August 26, 2016.[13]

In October 2017, Deadline Hollywood reported that Tanne sold a genre pitch to Sony Pictures in a bidding war. Though the plot was not disclosed, Tanne is set to write and direct the film. It was also reported that he will next direct an original screenplay entitled Vienna.[14]


Year Film Type Credited as
Director Producer Writer Actor
2005 2001 Maniacs Feature Film Yes
2010 Cinema Cool Web Series Yes
2011 Swamp Shark TV Movie Yes
2011 The Nine Lives of Chloe King TV Series Yes
2014 Mischief Night Feature Film Yes
2014 Worst Friends Feature Film Yes Yes
2016 Southside with You Feature Film Yes Yes Yes


  1. ^ "Richard Tanne Biography". IMDb.
  2. ^ a b "Governor's Awards in Arts Education Award Recipients". State of New Jersey, Department of Education. May 2003.
  3. ^ "Congrats 2011 National Winners". Wordplay (Young Playwrights Inc.). August 2011.
  4. ^ "Sondheim and Others Perform Cut Songs at Young Playwrights Benefit, May 9". Retrieved 2015-09-15.
  5. ^ Barton, Steve (May 26, 2010). "George Romero Keeps Cinema Cool". Dread Central.
  6. ^ "Another Shark Movie in 2011". Horror Society. March 17, 2011.
  7. ^ "Interview with 'Swamp Shark' Star, Richard Tanne". Horror Society. June 24, 2011.
  8. ^ "Lionsgate Brings 'Mischief Night' Early This Year - Bloody Disgusting!". Bloody Disgusting!. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
  9. ^ McNary, Dave (December 5, 2014). "Barack and Michelle Obama's First Date Subject of New Movie". Variety. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  10. ^ a b Yamato, Jen (December 5, 2014). "Obama Romance Movie in Works – Who Will Play Young Barack?". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
  11. ^ a b "Exclusive Interview: Mischief Night director Travis Baker. "It sets itself apart from the pack."". Horror Society. May 2, 2014.
  12. ^ "Southside With You". 2016-08-19. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
  13. ^ "Southside with You (2016) - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 2016-04-01.
  14. ^ Hipes, Patrick (2017-10-26). "'Southside With You' Writer-Director Richard Tanne Sells Genre Pitch To Sony". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2017-11-11.

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