Simon Tarr Plus

Columbia, SC

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Simon Tarr made his first movie at the age of eight. The strip of film was fashioned from sandwich bags taped together, with spaceships drawn on it. The projector was a shoebox with a lamp in it, the lens was a magnifying glass on the end of a toilet paper tube. The film premiered on the wall of his bedroom, where the film melted after a few seconds.

Since then, Simon Tarr’s films have been screened on every continent (yes, even Antarctica) in hundreds of film festivals. His prior eleven films are available on DVD from Netflix and Amazon, and as digital downloads from He has performed his live VJ shows at conferences, festivals and clubs from Tokyo to New Orleans and everywhere in between.

Tarr teaches new media art at the University of South Carolina. He is active in the independent film world as an advocate for media reform, and has served on the executive board of the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers, and is a Vice President of University Film and Video Association. He lives in Columbia, SC with his wife Jen, their son Caspar, and Spam the dog.

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