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Meet Actress, Producer, Surfer and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick



Tanna Frederick can currently be seen starring in Henry Jaglom’s film “Train to Zakopane” which had its world premiere at the Jewish Film Festival. The film tells the story of a successful young Russian businessman in the Polish army who meets a captivating nurse (Frederick) on a train trip to Warsaw and is faced with a life-changing dilemma when he discovers that the nurse he is drawn to is fiercely anti-Semitic. It is based upon true events that occurred in the life of Jaglom’s father as he crossed Poland on a train in 1928. Anti-Semitism was, at that time, rife in much of Europe, especially in Poland.

Frederick is also the first female producer of a VR narrative, Defrost.” Directed by Randal Kleiser, series cast members include Bruce Davison, Harry Hamlin, Christopher Atkins and Carl Weathers. “Defrost” was presented at Sundance’s New Frontier Program and Cannes Film Festival.

Frederick is a mainstay of the Los Angeles theatre community. In 2013, she won the LA Stage and Eddon awards for Best Actress for N. Richard Nash’s “The Rainmaker” at the Edgemar Theatre. The Los Angeles Times gave it Critics’ Choice and said, “The standout of this terrific cast is Tanna Frederick’s acerbically yearning Lizzie…It’s a transformation not to be missed.” She recently wrapped Jaglom’s original play “Train to Zakopané” also at the Edgemar. The play was based upon true events that occurred in the life of Jaglom’s father as he crossed Poland on a train in 1928 when anti-Semitism was rife in much of Europe. The Los Angeles Times said of her performance, “Tanna Frederick’s radiance and emotional transparency….won me over.”

More recently, Frederick was directed by Carl Weathers in “Danny and the Deep Blue Sea.” Sarah Spitz of the Santa Monica Daily Press said “a tour-de-force performance.”

Frederick’s performance in her first feature with Jaglom, “Hollywood Dreams,” earned her Best Actress at WorldFest Houston, Montana International Film Festival, Fargo Film Festival and the Wild Rose Film Festival. The film took Best Picture honors at the San Luis Obispo Film Festival and to Best Comedy at WorldFest Houston. She was named Method Fest’s “Performer to Watch” and has also received the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival’s “Maverick” Award.

Off-screen, Frederick has proved just as driven and talented. A fitness aficionado who runs daily, Frederick ranked 52nd out of 1,321 women in her division in the LA Marathon.  She is a second-degree Tae Kwon Do black belt and a passionate surfer.  She founded “Project Save Our Surf,” a non-profit that promotes clean oceans and water. She is also the founder of the Iowa Film Festival, now in its’ seventh year and was named recipient of the University of Iowa’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012.