Tchaiko’s filmmaking is influenced by growing up as a Third Culture Kid. Magic, themes of in-between in the African Diaspora, its effects on the body and spirit, fill her work. Her creative impulses for fantasy are a connection to African Indigeneity and its healing potential. She centers ethical practices of care, process, intuition and deep listening to her body, dreams, and the magic of her baby.
Her debut feature film Solace, about a Black girl navigating an eating disorder is streaming on Showtime, Kweli TV, Apple TV and Amazon. The film features Hope Olaide Wilson, Chelsea Tavares, Lynn Whitfield, and Glynn Turman. It won Special Jury Mention at LA Film Festival and Audience Award at New Orleans Film Festival.
Tchaiko’s episodic work begun on Season 4 of Queen Sugar, followed by Cherish The Day Season 2. She directs commercials with Unicorns + Unicorns.