Photo of Tyler as a child.
Photo of Tyler as a child.
Photo of Tyler while in Corsica.
Photo of Tyler while in Corsica.
In August of 2003, Tyler Johnson was a prized scholar in theoretical physics. Months later he was homeless on the island of Corsica, a fugitive wanted by the FBI.
For six years Tyler sent letters to his family, each containing cryptic clues about his condition. Then the letters stopped arriving.
His final letter was found at his last known whereabouts: a remote mountain refuge near Corsica's highest peaks. Alongside that unsent letter was a journal outlining his years living on the run.
Using that journal—Tyler’s own words—and interviews with those who knew him best, Finding Tyler explores the core struggle of life as a fugitive.
Porto, Corsica, near one of Tyler's places of residence.
Porto, Corsica, near one of Tyler's places of residence.
Journal Entry from Tyler while a fugitive in Corsica.
Journal Entry from Tyler while a fugitive in Corsica.
Stone Hut in the Corsican Mountains.
Stone Hut in the Corsican Mountains.
Pro Bono Attorney in Marseille, Stephane Ceccaldi, who helped Tyler.
Pro Bono Attorney in Marseille, Stephane Ceccaldi, who helped Tyler.
 Interview with Corsican Journalist, Antoine Albertini.
Interview with Corsican Journalist, Antoine Albertini.
Former Judge Etienne Ceccaldi, who befriended Tyler in Corsica.
Former Judge Etienne Ceccaldi, who befriended Tyler in Corsica.
THE FILMMAKERS
Director/Editor Chris Brannan is a filmmaker who is fascinated by definitions of success. FINDING TYLER marks his return to Directing after ten years of editing non-fiction projects for HBO, PBS, Disney, Discovery, SyFy Network, HGTV, Food Network, and other outlets for broadcast, web, and immersive spaces. His first directorial effort, the feature documentary STANDARD DEVIATION, screened at festivals worldwide, won an Emmy, and was picked up for international television distribution.
Co-Director Diana Reichenbach is an award-winning multimedia artist with experience leading global large-scale immersive projects, including work for the Wilshire Grand’s integrated lighting design in Downtown Los Angeles. She has commissioned work for Virgin Atlantic Airways, the City of Baltimore, and the Museum of Arts and Sciences Macon through grants from the Knight Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts.
Her short films have screened at festivals worldwide including Ottawa International Animation Festival, Animafest Zagreb, Burning Man Festival, and Bonnaroo. In 2019, she was awarded ‘Best Artistic Dome Short Film’ at the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival, and the 'Best Fulldome Short Film' at the Fulldome Festival in Jena, Germany.
When you leave your shoulder rig at the bottom of the mountain
When you leave your shoulder rig at the bottom of the mountain
Interview with Etienne
Interview with Etienne
With the Corsican Gendarmes in Asco
With the Corsican Gendarmes in Asco
Timelapse setup near Porto
Timelapse setup near Porto
Dave filming near L'Île-Rousse
Dave filming near L'Île-Rousse
Diana filming south of Monte Cinto
Diana filming south of Monte Cinto
Interview with Antoine Albertini
Interview with Antoine Albertini
Hiking up towards Monte Cinto from Lozzi
Hiking up towards Monte Cinto from Lozzi
Filming with Stephane in Marseille
Filming with Stephane in Marseille
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