John Alan Simon, Screen Writer / Producer / Director
John Alan Simon’s directorial feature film debut – “Radio Free Albemuth” – which he adapted from the novel by science fiction writer Philip K. Dick (“Blade Runner,” “A Scanner Darkly”) was released in limited theatrical major ten-city U.S. release and selected to screen at the prestigious Indie Night Series at Lincoln Center Film Society and recently began its exclusive SVOD two-year run on Netflix. From Variety: “Engrossing adaptation” “Well-performed.” “”Consistently absorbing.” “Operates successfully as a study of enlightenment and a straight-ahead conspiracy thriller.” Simon also developed and produced the Roger Donaldson-directed version of “The Getaway,” starring Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger and Philip Seymour Hoffman which was theatrically wide-released nationally by Universal Pictures. As president of Discovery Productions, he has been involved with the financing, production, sales, and marketing of many successful independent features including, “The Wicker Man” (starring Edward Woodward); “The Haunting of Julia” (with Mia Farrow and Tom Conti); “Basket Case”, and “Out of the Blue” (starring and directed by Dennis Hopper). Prior to entry in the film business, Simon was a successful journalist/film critic, both as staff writer for the New Orleans Times Picayune and as editor-in-chief of New Orleans magazine. During this period, Simon also taught courses in film and writing at Tulane University, Loyola University, and the University of Illinois. He is a member of WGA-West and was elected to the board of BAFTA-LA. Simon graduated from Harvard College with honors in History and Literature and served as an editor of the Harvard Crimson.