The Filmmaking Team


tannen - audio visual school
Visiting Professor, Director


Raised in New York City, Bill Tannen graduated from Film School at Boston University and returned to New York where he started Sunday Productions to produce and direct television commercials.
He also directed his first film, a short, "Eulogy for R.F.K." which opened at the New-York Film Festival with "Battle of Algiers"
In 1972 Bill moved to Los Angeles and continued to direct award-winning commercials all over the world. (He has won 5 Clios).
In 1984 he directed his first feature, "Flashpoint" for Tri-Star and HBO. Since then he has directed ten other films, several television series', television specials and music videos (Bill won a Grammy for directing the Commodore's music video "Night Shift").
He has also worked with The Temptations. Besides working in Los Angeles and New York, Bill has directed films in Africa, Czech Republic, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Mexico and South America. In 2004 Bill left Hollywood for Portland, Oregon.