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Tamar Simon Hoffs has written screenplays for Universal, Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, Columbia, and Warner Brothers.  Tammy’s first produced film credit came in 1974 as co-writer of Warner Brothers' LEPKE starring Tony Curtis.

Two years later she served as writer-producer with Andrew Davis on STONY ISLAND a seminal independent film about a group of R&B musicians in inner city Chicago.  It was screened at Sundance, Deauville and at the Chicago Film Festival, where it won the coveted Chicago Award. Watch a review of Stony Island here.

Her critically acclaimed short comedy, THE HAIRCUT also with Universal, starring John Cassavetes, was a film festival favorite, an “Official Selection of Cannes”, 1983, (Un Certain Regard), and an official selection of “Sundance”, “Toronto”, “Telluride”.  The experience of directing her icon, John Cassavetes, in her first film, set Hoffs’ directing career in motion on a high note.

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Read what the British Film Institute has to say about "The Haircut" here.

Visit the Yale University screening notice of "The Haircut" here.

A seasoned filmmaker, and alumnus of the prestigious AFI Directing Workshop for Women, Tamar was the first woman to receive the triple director/writer/ producer credit on a major studio feature film, THE ALLNIGHTER (Universal, 1987).

A pioneer in the use of new media, Hoffs wrote, produced and directed “Rock ‘n’ Read" (MCA-Universal, 1989), starring Pauly Shore, for younger audiences. She created “Smokin’: Somebody Stop Me," a video series about the dangers of tobacco use, (Schlessinger Media, 1999). She served as producer, writer and voice director on her BAFTA nominated, digital animation series, “Horrible Histories" (Scholastic Entertainment, 2001), narrated by Stephen Rea. In the theater, Hoffs directed “Ghost Music," starring Pam Grier, Jennifer Warren and Nick Cassavetes. She has directed and produced numerous music videos, most notably the Bangles’ “Going Down to Liverpool” and “If She Knew What She Wants”, (Columbia Records, 1984).

Tamar Simon was born in the famous steel town, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, but grew up in Chicago.  She received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Chicago, followed by graduate studies in painting with Josef Albers at Yale University School of Fine Arts, where she met medical student and husband-to-be, Joshua Hoffs.  Planning a career in art education, she pursued a Masters degree at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Institute of Design.  After moving to Los Angeles, Tammy discovered her true calling as a filmmaker almost by accident, when she was asked by Leonard Nimoy to join the art department of his indie film “Death Watch.”  The Hoffs have three children and four grandchildren. 

Hoffs has won the Lincoln Award for contributions to filmmaking in Illinois and the Chicago Award from the Chicago International Film Festival, as well as commendations from Robert Redford, Sundance Institute, and Illinois Governor James Thompson. She is a member of the Director's Guild of America and the Writer's Guild of America, and is a founding member of the Alliance of Women Directors. She was instrumental in organizing the French-American Film Workshop and has participated in several of its programs in Avignon, France.  In 1994 she was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters from International University College, Aix-en-Provence, France.

Tamar Simon Hoffs also directed, produced and adapted Joseph O’Connor’s brilliant Irish play RED ROSES & PETROL (2003) for the screen starring Malcolm McDowell. A TOP PRIZE WINNER at the AVIGNON Film Festival, 2005, it has also been an OFFICIAL SELECTION of AFI, BANGKOK, GALWAY, and DEAUVILLE International Film Festivals. In 2003, Tamar Simon Hoffs also completed her surprising DOCUMENTARY, GIRLS, UNCOVERED, about coming of age in the millennium.

Tamar's most recent film POUND OF FLESH (2010) stars Malcolm McDowell, Angus Macfadyen, Timothy Bottoms, Dee Wallace, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Bellamy Young, Taryn Southern, Whitney Able, Lilly McDowell,
Bellamy Young, Seán McCarthy, Ashley Wren Collins, Jeff D'Agostino, Shahar Sorek, Lou Mulford and Braxton Davis.

Mother of Susanna Hoffs, lead singer of global chart-topping group THE BANGLES, Tamar’s music videos include the BANGLES' GOING DOWN TO LIVERPOOL, and IF SHE KNEW WHAT SHE WANTS, 1984; and the smash hit PRICE-SULTON'S NO T.V., NO PHONE, 1987, (Columbia Records). She also directed GHOST MUSIC, in LA Theatreworks New Play Series, starring Pam Grier, Jennifer Warren and Nick Cassavetes.

Hoffs received her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Chicago.  She did graduate studies in painting with Josef Albers, at Yale University School of Fine Arts, and in art education at Institute of Design of Illinois Institute of Technology.  In 1994 she received an honorary Doctorate from International University College, Aix-en-Provence, France.  She is a member of the Director's Guild of America and the Writer's Guild of America. In 1980 Ms. Hoffs was accepted to the Directing Workshop for Women, of the American Film Institute, and directed two short films in the program.

Commendations for filmmaking from: Robert Redford, Sundance Institute; Illinois Governor James Thompson; Cinemateques: Paris, France, and Jerusalem, Israel. The Lincoln Award: for contributions to filmmaking in Illinois. Short Film Awards: Telluride Film Festival, Un Certain Regard, International Festval du Film, Cannes, Aspen Fest. Tamar Simon Hoffs is a founding member of the Alliance of Women Directors.

Tamar Simon Hoffs is presently in pre-production with her latest self-penned film VILLA AURORA starring Malcolm McDowell.

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