Simon Taufique

Born in the UK with a french­sounding name, a proud exotic heritage and a street­wise attitude that’s pure New York, Simon has been a secret weapon for a new generation of indie filmmakers. He is an award­winning Composer, Film Producer, Sundance Lab Finalist and Film Festival Programmer. Along the way, whispers of recognition have appeared in Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, NME, Spin Magazine and IndieWire for his work with Julian Casablancas (frontman for THE STROKES) and accomplished filmmakers Mary Harron (AMERICAN PSYCHO), 2014 Berlin Film Festival­winner, Anja Marquardt, Independent Spirit Award nominee Hossein Keshavarz (DOG SWEAT) and Student Academy Award winner Dennis Lee.

Thanks to a brief detour founding a celebrated tech start­up (greenbutton.com), during the dot­com boom, Simon found himself at the frontlines of music’s transformation by the digital revolution. His new perspective led him to study techniques of virtual collaboration, advanced synthesis and non­linear recording at NYU’s music technology graduate program.

Before long, Simon was applying those lessons by composing for award­winning indie projects and being chosen to co­compose for the Julia Roberts produced film, JESUS HENRY CHRIST with guitar virtuoso David Torn (LARS & THE REAL GIRL). The film starred Oscar­nominee, Toni Collette and Michael Sheen and has gone on to become a VOD darling.

As word of mouth about Simon’s collaborative process accumulates, he’s now being asked to work with filmmakers as both a composer and producer. He recently became a partner in the NY/LA film fund, Atomic Features, which has several projects gearing up for production in 2015­16, with Simon on board to produce and score. His most recent project wearing both hats was the Berlin Film Festival­winner, SHE’S LOST CONTROL, (executive produced by Academy Nominee, Oren Moverman). The film screened at SXSW and the prestigious MoMA/Lincoln Film Society’s New Directors/New Films series. It was recently nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards and will be released in NY and LA in late March.

Some of Simon’s upcoming projects include ASHER (starring Danny Glover and Mekhi Phifer) and a film adaptation of acclaimed novel, PURPLE AMERICA, written by Rick Moody (author of THE ICE STORM and GARDEN STATE). Simon also accepted an invitation to join the 2015 TriBeCa Film Festival Programming Committee, building on his work as Program Director (2008) and Jury Chair (2009) at the South Asian International Film Festival. Simon also hosts a popular filmmaker salon made up of nearly a thousand active filmmakers that meet at monthly events.