Brett Simon

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Brett Simon
Born (1973-11-28) November 28, 1973 (age 45)
Occupation Film director, commercial director, music video director
Years active 2001 - present

Brett Simon (born November 28, 1973 in Palo Alto, California) is an American commercial, music video and film director.


Simon graduated from Princeton University summa cum laude in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Literature and Creative Writing, and later graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2002 with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Art Practice.[1] He is a PhD candidate in Film Studies at UC Berkeley.[1] In 2001, he wrote, directed, edited and produced the short film Counterfeit Film, which showed at the Telluride Film Festival, South by Southwest and RESFest and has been archived at the Pacific Film Archive at UC Berkeley, as well as winning numerous awards.[1][2] In 2005, he wrote, directed, edited and produced the short film The Sailor's Girl, which screened at the Sundance Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival.[3] After making a number of short films, he became an accomplished music video director, working on the videos for Marion Raven's "Break You" and "Here I Am", The Killers' "Somebody Told Me", Polar Bear's "Belly", The Joggers' "Hot Autism", Unwritten Law's "Save Me", Good Charlotte's "The Chronicles of Life and Death", Lostprophets' "A Town Called Hypocrisy", Sugarcult's "Do It Alone", Queens of the Stone Age's "Sick, Sick, Sick and Rise Against's "Audience of One".[4]

In 2008, Simon directed his first feature film, the Catholic school noir Assassination of a High School President, from Tim Calpin and Kevin Jakubowski's script.[2] Assassination of a High School President has premiered at the South by Southwest and Sundance Film Festivals.[5][6]

Between 1998 and 2003, Simon taught film history, film theory and video production at UC Berkeley.[1] He has also had journalism stints at the Kitchen Sink, Speak and Fabula magazines.[1]

Simon worked with Rob Nilsson[who?] and David Herrera on the feature film Security at the Pacific Film Archive.

Personal life

Simon graduated from Gunn High School in 1992.[2] His mother is Joan Simon and his father is Jack Simon, a Los Altos, California psychiatrist and street photographer.[2][7] He currently lives in Venice, Los Angeles.[8] He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, through which he became friends with Donald Sutherland's son Roeg Sutherland.[2] Simon became engaged to Katie Flynn, daughter of actress Jane Seymour, in May 2011.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Brett Simon". Independent Exposure. Retrieved 2008-04-14.
  2. ^ a b c d e Bruce Newman (25 January 2008). "Director graduates to big leagues". Palo Alto Daily News. Archived from the original on 2008-02-21. Retrieved 2008-04-14.
  3. ^ "Assassination of a High School President". Sundance Film Festival. Archived from the original on 2008-01-15. Retrieved 2008-04-14.
  4. ^ Meg Wells (1 March 2008). "Who is Brett Simon". Retrieved 2008-04-14.
  5. ^ Mel Valentin (22 March 2008). "SXSW Movie Review: The Assassination of a High School President". /Film. Retrieved 2008-04-14.
  6. ^ Peter Sciretta (25 January 2008). "Sundance Movie Review: Assassination of a High School President". /Film. Retrieved 2008-04-14.
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  8. ^ "Selected Graduate Student Interests". University of California, Berkeley. Archived from the original on 2008-04-24. Retrieved 2008-04-14.

External links

  • Brett Simon on IMDb
  • Brett Simon official website
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