Simon Taufique

Composer, Partner, Producer

SIMON TAUFIQUE is a UK-born, NY-based producer, award-winning composer, former film festival program director (SAIFF) and founder of the prize-winning tech startup, greenButton.com. He recently co-produced and scored SHE’S LOST CONTROL (with Executive Producer and Academy Nominee Oren Moverman), winner of the CICAE Forum prize at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival. The film had its US premiere at SXSW before screening at New Directors/New Films. Prior to that, Simon worked with several iconic directors, including M. Night Shyamalan, Mary Harron (AMERICAN PSYCHO), and Independent Spirit Award nominee Hossein Keshavarz (DOG SWEAT). As a film composer, Simon was a Sundance Lab Finalist and garnered press from Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, NME, Spin Magazine and IndieWire for his collaborations with artists such as Julian Casablancas (frontman for THE STROKES), Grammy-winner David Torn (LARS & THE REAL GIRL), with whom Simon co-composed music for JESUS HENRY CHRIST (starring Oscar-nominee Toni Collette and executive produced by Julia Roberts). Recently, Simon was invited to join the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Programming Committee.

Daniel Ragussis

Director, Partner, Producer, Writer

DANIEL RAGUSSIS received his BA from Georgetown University, where he graduated fourth in his class and was a Rhodes Scholarship finalist. He founded a highly successful marketing consultancy, handling product launches for AOL, MCI, Entergy, and Fannie Mae, before completing his MFA at Columbia University, where he was a Film Division Fellow. His thesis film, HABER, premiered at Telluride before winning Best of Fest at LA Shorts, the largest short film festival in the world, and becoming an Official Qualifier for the 2009 Academy Awards. It also won the National Board of Review Motion Pictures Award, and has been featured in The New York Times. His feature screenplays have won dozens of awards, including multiple placements in the Nicholls. They include the feature version of HABER; a film about legendary baseball pitcher Denny McLain; a disaster movie about the stock market crash in 1929; and IMPERIUM, slated for production in 2015.

Dennis Lee

Director, Partner, Producer, Writer

DENNIS LEE graduated from Columbia University’s M.F.A. Film Program.  While at Columbia, his thesis film JESUS HENRY CHRIST won the AMPAS Student Academy Award, Silver. After graduation, Dennis moved to Los Angeles when he was selected as an ABC/Disney Television Directing Fellow, shadowing on such TV shows as ALIAS and DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES. Dennis made his feature film debut with FIREFLIES IN THE GARDEN, which he wrote and directed. The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Willem Dafoe, Emily Watson, Carrie Ann Moss, Hayden Panettiere and Julia Roberts, and made its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in 2008.  His second feature film, JESUS HENRY CHRIST, stars Michael Sheen and Toni Collette, and is executive produced by Julia Roberts. The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, 2011. Dennis has also been a writer for hire on numerous films in development. His third and fourth features, PURPLE AMERICA and BIRDS IN FALL, both adaptations of acclaimed novels, are slated for production in 2015.