William Tannen

Born and raised in New York City, William "Bill" Tannen graduated from Boston University and pursued a career in advertising. He created the famous "Girl Watchers" campaign for Diet Pepsi in 1967, which won four Clio Awards, and then created his own company, Sunday Productions, to produce TV commercials. Tannen moved to Los Angeles in 1972 and continued to direct commercials all over the world, garnering five more Clios in the process. Tannen directed his first feature film, "Flashpoint," in 1984, and went on to direct numerous films, TV series and music videos, the latter including the Commodore's "Night Shift" in 1985, which won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Video. Tannen has also taught director's workshops at the EICAR International Film School in Paris, France.

Flashpoint (1984)

Two Texas border guards find a jeep buried in the desert, with a skeleton, a scoped rifle, and a box with $800,000 in cash. Before they decide whether to keep the money or report it, they privately investigate the clues and unravel a decades old mystery.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Tannen
CAST:  Kris Kristofferson  •  Treat Williams  •  Rip Torn  •  Kevin Conway

Two Texas border guards find a jeep buried in the desert, with a skeleton, a scoped rifle, and a box with $800,000 in cash. Before they decide whether to keep the money or report it, they privately investigate the clues and unravel a decades old mystery.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Tannen
CAST:  Kris Kristofferson  •  Treat Williams  •  Rip Torn  •  Kevin Conway

The Cutter (2005)

A former cop turned Los Angeles P.I. takes on a case of a missing diamond cutter that leads him on an adventure of love and villainy spanning of mob to the present day Jewelry District.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Tannen
CAST:  Chuck Norris  •  Joanna Pacula  •  Daniel Bernhardt  •  Bernie Kopell

A former cop turned Los Angeles P.I. takes on a case of a missing diamond cutter that leads him on an adventure of love and villainy spanning of mob to the present day Jewelry District.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Tannen
CAST:  Chuck Norris  •  Joanna Pacula  •  Daniel Bernhardt  •  Bernie Kopell

Hero and the Terror (1988)

Danny O'Brien is back in action fighting the notorious Simon Moon, also known as The Terror. Three years earlier O'Brien had single-handedly captured The Terror and was called Hero by the people of L.A. Now Simon has escaped and has started killing women again, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Tannen
CAST:  Chuck Norris  •  Billy Drago  •  Tony DiBenedetto  •  Steve James

Danny O'Brien is back in action fighting the notorious Simon Moon, also known as The Terror. Three years earlier O'Brien had single-handedly captured The Terror and was called Hero by the people of L.A. Now Simon has escaped and has started killing women again, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Tannen
CAST:  Chuck Norris  •  Billy Drago  •  Tony DiBenedetto  •  Steve James

Deadly Illusion (1987)

A private eye hired to kill a man's wife warns her instead and then finds both are impostors.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Cohen  •  William Tannen
CAST:  Billy Dee Williams  •  Vanity  •  Morgan Fairchild  •  John Beck

A private eye hired to kill a man's wife warns her instead and then finds both are impostors.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Cohen  •  William Tannen
CAST:  Billy Dee Williams  •  Vanity  •  Morgan Fairchild  •  John Beck

WindRunner (1994)

A young man in high school moves in with his Mother to a town in the U.S. Southwest where his father is serving time in prison.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Tannen  •  William Clark
CAST:  Jason Wiles  •  Russell Means  •  Margot Kidder  •  Amanda Peterson

A young man in high school moves in with his Mother to a town in the U.S. Southwest where his father is serving time in prison.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Tannen  •  William Clark
CAST:  Jason Wiles  •  Russell Means  •  Margot Kidder  •  Amanda Peterson

Nobody Knows Anything! (2004)

An aspiring filmmaker learns that success in Hollywood doesn't come as easy as she suspected as she attempts to discover the formula to success. When the guidance of her helpful has-been uncle fails to pave the way, Sarah Wilder must seek the advice of such ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Tannen
CAST:  Alanna Ubach  •  Michael Lerner  •  Mike Myers  •  Janeane Garofalo

An aspiring filmmaker learns that success in Hollywood doesn't come as easy as she suspected as she attempts to discover the formula to success. When the guidance of her helpful has-been uncle fails to pave the way, Sarah Wilder must seek the advice of such ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Tannen
CAST:  Alanna Ubach  •  Michael Lerner  •  Mike Myers  •  Janeane Garofalo

Ozzie (2006)

Ozzie is a young koala living in Australia. He is kidnapped by two goons (Buzz and Tank) who work for Max Happy, president of Happy Toys. Legend says that Ozzie speaks English and Max wants to clone Ozzie into hundreds of koalas and sell them for a fortune as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Tannen
CAST:  Spencer Breslin  •  Joan Collins  •  Ralf Moeller  •  Rachel Hunter

Ozzie is a young koala living in Australia. He is kidnapped by two goons (Buzz and Tank) who work for Max Happy, president of Happy Toys. Legend says that Ozzie speaks English and Max wants to clone Ozzie into hundreds of koalas and sell them for a fortune as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Tannen
CAST:  Spencer Breslin  •  Joan Collins  •  Ralf Moeller  •  Rachel Hunter

Night Of Terror (2006)

A bonding family weekend turns sinister in a storm.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Tannen
CAST:  Mitzi Kapture  •  Nick Mancuso  •  Rick Roberts  •  Martha Maclsaac

A bonding family weekend turns sinister in a storm.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Tannen
CAST:  Mitzi Kapture  •  Nick Mancuso  •  Rick Roberts  •  Martha Maclsaac

Inside Edge (1993)

For months, Richard Montana has been giving drug lord Mario Gio hell. But it's only when he meets Gio's leggy blonde girlfriend, nightclub singer Lisa, that things get personal. And after Montana and Lisa have been in bed, things get absolutely deadly. Especially ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Warren Clarke  •  William Tannen
CAST:  Michael Madsen  •  Richard Lynch  •  Rosie Vela  •  Conrad Dunn

For months, Richard Montana has been giving drug lord Mario Gio hell. But it's only when he meets Gio's leggy blonde girlfriend, nightclub singer Lisa, that things get personal. And after Montana and Lisa have been in bed, things get absolutely deadly. Especially ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Warren Clarke  •  William Tannen
CAST:  Michael Madsen  •  Richard Lynch  •  Rosie Vela  •  Conrad Dunn

The Goodbye Bird (1994)

A teenager finds himself in hot water when his school principal accuses him of stealing her prized, talking parrot. But with the help of a kindly veterinarian, he solves the case of the purloined bird and learns the value of helping those who need it most.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Tannen  •  William Clark
CAST:  Cindy Pickett  •  Christopher Pettiet  •  Wayne Rogers  •  Concetta Tomei

A teenager finds himself in hot water when his school principal accuses him of stealing her prized, talking parrot. But with the help of a kindly veterinarian, he solves the case of the purloined bird and learns the value of helping those who need it most.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Tannen  •  William Clark
CAST:  Cindy Pickett  •  Christopher Pettiet  •  Wayne Rogers  •  Concetta Tomei

Love Lies Bleeding (1999)

Jack the Ripper terrorizes London in 1888. The young talented journalist Catherine Winwood begins her first job. The relationship between Catherine and the surgeon Jonathan Stevens threatens to shatter, as her fiancé may be involved in the gruesome murderer of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Tannen
CAST:  Faye Dunaway  •  Emily Raymond  •  Paul Rhys  •  Jakub Schwartz

Jack the Ripper terrorizes London in 1888. The young talented journalist Catherine Winwood begins her first job. The relationship between Catherine and the surgeon Jonathan Stevens threatens to shatter, as her fiancé may be involved in the gruesome murderer of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Tannen
CAST:  Faye Dunaway  •  Emily Raymond  •  Paul Rhys  •  Jakub Schwartz