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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
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.
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
OF FLESH (2010) stars Malcolm McDowell, Angus Macfadyen, Timothy
Bottoms, Dee Wallace, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Bellamy Young, Taryn Southern,
Whitney Able, Lilly McDowell,
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
Tamar Simon Hoffs is presently
in pre-production with her latest self-penned film VILLA
AURORA starring Malcolm McDowell.