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Malcolm McDowell and Tamar Simon Hoffs  (Director) on the set of POUND OF FLESH
 


Taryn Southern, Tamar Simon Hoffs and Seán McCarthy on the set of POUND OF FLESH

 

Tamar Simon Hoffs
Writer / Director / Producer

Award winning director, writer, producer, Tamar Simon Hoffs, was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. She is best known for directing independent films “Red Roses and Petrol” (2003,) and “Pound of Flesh” (2010,) both starring Malcolm McDowell. “Red Roses and Petrol” won top prize at the Avignon Film Festival, 2005, and was also an Official Selection of AFI, Bangkok, Galway, and Deauville festivals, and Toronto’s film circuit.   “Pound of Flesh” also stars Angus Macfadyen and Timothy Bottoms, and will have its European premiere at Germany’s Oldenburg International Film Festival, 2010

Hoffs grew up in Chicago and 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 and the Illinois Institute of Technology, Institute of Design.  In 1994 she was awarded Doctor of Humane Letters from International University College, Aix-en-Provence in International Education and European Studies.

After moving to Los Angeles, Hoffs entered the filmmaking profession almost by accident when friend, Leonard Nimoy, asked her to join the art department of his indie film, "Death Watch".  In 1975 she wrote the feature film, "Lepke," starring Tony Curtis, distributed by Warner Brothers.  Two years later she teamed with director Andrew Davis to write and produce "Stony Island", an independent film about young R&B musicians in inner city Chicago.  “Stony Island” screened at the Sundance Film Festival, Deauville American Film Festival and at the Chicago International Film Festival, where it won the coveted Lincoln Award and commendation from Illinois Governor James R. Thompson.

In 1980 Hoffs was chosen to participate in the prestigious AFI Directing workshop for women.  Her directorial debut, the short comedy, “The Haircut,” starring John Cassavetes, was selected to be in “Un Certain Regard” of the 1983 Cannes Film Festival.  Dan Ehrlich, of United Press wrote of it, “Just when scores of frustrated and immeasureably depressed film critics were about to fling themselves from the top of the Cannes Film Festival’s new Palais – a breath of sunshine and happiness averted tragedy…other than being a happy film, it’s unique in style and execution...”

The Haircut was also an official selection of Telluride film festival and Sundance, where it received a commendation from Robert Redford. In 1983 it was purchased by Universal Studios.  In 1987 Hoffs became the first woman to receive the triple credits of director, writer, producer on a major studio feature film, “The Allnighter,” (Universal Studios) 

Hoffs was a pioneer of digital filmmaking.  In 1989 she wrote, produced and directed the video musical "Rock ‘n' Read," starring Pauly Shore (MCA-Universal), and in 1999, "Smokin': Somebody Stop Me,” (Schlessinger Media,) a youth series about the dangers of tobacco use.  As producer, writer, and voice director, she developed the acclaimed digital animation series, “Horrible Histories,” (Scholastic, 2001), narrated by Stephen Rea.  And, in 2003 she completed her coming of age documentary, “Girls Uncovered.”

Hoffs has also directed and produced numerous music videos, notably The Bangles' "Going Down to Liverpool" and "If She Knew What She Wants" (Columbia Records, 1984).  In the theater, Hoffs directed the play Ghost Music, with Jennifer Warren, Pam Grier, and Nick Cassavetes (LA Theatreworks New Play Series, 1984). She is married to Joshua Hoffs, MD, and has three children, John, a psychologist, Jesse, an attorney, and Susanna Hoffs, of the 1980s band, The Bangles. She has four grandchildren. 

Filmography:

Pound of Flesh (writer, director, producer), 2010

Red Roses and Petrol (writer, director, producer), 2003

Horrible Histories (TV series) (producer, voice director), 25 episodes, 2001-2002

The Bangles Video (music video)"If She Knew What She Wants" (producer), 1990

The Bangles (music video) "Going Down to Liverpool" (director), 1990

Rock & Read (video series) (writer, director, producer), 1989

The Allnighter (film) (writer, director, producer), 1987

Stand Alone (film) (associate producer), 1985

The Haircut (short) (writer, director), 1982

Stony Island (film) (writer, producer), 1978

At Home with Shields and Yarnell (music video) (associate producer), 1978

Lepke (film) (writer), 1975

Death Watch (film) (art department) 1974

Official website:

www.TamarSimonHoffs.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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