CHARYSSE TIA HARPER
USA/Trinidad & Tobago
Xplore the World
Charysse Tia Harper, was born and raised in Oxnard, California. She graduated from the University of Southern California (May 2006) with Bachelor degrees in Cinema & Television Productions and Broadcast Journalism. She also earned a Master’s in Management & Leadership (May 2009) at Regent’s University London in the United Kingdom.
Upon finishing her undergraduate studies, Charysse moved to London. Being immersed in an international city with a large mix of ethnicities, she fell in love with learning about different cultures. She has traveled to 20 countries and has enjoyed recounting her experiences with her family and friends. Because of this, Charysse knew that making foreign documentaries would be her calling in life.
Over her career, Charysse has worked on numerous projects ranging from a World War II independent film (Only the Brave), to an informational video about chiropractics (Dr. Eckerson Chiropractics), as well as exploring how people cope when working in Las Vegas (Sin City).
Charysse is of Trinidadian descent. She has focused on her culture in three of her projects: 1) award-winning film, The Other Side of Carnival (2010) that looks at the social and economic impact Carnival has on the Trinidad & Tobago society; 2) T&T 50 in Fifteen (2012), a look at important events that have occurred during Trinidad & Tobago’s 50 years of independence; and 3) Panomundo (estimated completion 2014), a project that is in production, which examines the history of Trinidad & Tobago’s steelpan and its influence around the world.
In addition, she is also producing on 12 Months, a documentary about a Los Angeles man who is renting his three-bedroom home for $1 a month to a family in need for a year and Not In Our Culture, about the differences of tribal weddings in Nigeria. Charysse currently resides in southern California.
The Other Side of Carnival (2010)
12 Months (2013)
Our interview of Charysse and Keith Morton (2013)