At 18 Steven Lewis Simpson was Britain’s youngest fully qualified stockbroker and trader. An authorized financial adviser by the three main regulatory organizations: IMRO, LAUTRO and the Stock Exchange.
At 22 he moved to Los Angeles to work for the legendary Roger Corman’s Concorde Pictures. He returned soon after with some of Corman’s crew to shoot TIES, his first feature film, which he wrote, produced, directed, edited and financed through his company Roaring Fire Films. TIES premièred at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 1994 and won best film at the Cherbourg Film Festival.
Steven shot his first documentary TIMOR TIMOR in West Timor, Indonesia, produced and co-edited the award-winning surreal fairy tale, FROG which was broadcast on Canal Plus and associate produced the comedy feature, RESURRECTING BILL.
2003 saw him complete the feature, THE TICKING MAN, an action-thriller shot in Edinburgh and rural Scotland, which was widely distributed around the world. A sequel thriller, RETRIBUTION followed. Both premièred at the Montreal World Film Festival. Some major producers circled the films exploring a big budget Hollywood remake. Next was love story feature REZ BOMB starring Tamara Feldman, Trent Ford, American Indian Movement leader Russell Means and Chris Robinson. It was shot on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and in Nebraska and premièred at the Montreal World Film Festival.
His epic feature documentary A THUNDER-BEING NATION about the Oglala Lakota of Pine Ridge Reservation followed. Made over 13 years it’s the most comprehensive documentary looking at the history and contemporary life of an Indian Reservation.
He capped off the trio of Native American projects with a 13 episode US TV show THE HUB about arts, culture and entertainment within Indian Country. It sought to redress the balance of negative stereotypes by celebrating the work of many of the most dynamic Native Americans today. Through this work Steven has become a well-known advocate for Native American rights and a respected figure in Indian Country.
He has just completed the feature film adaptation of the acclaimed Lakota Country novel NEITHER WOLF NOR DOG and is in post-production on the feature documentary RETURN TO TIMOR, shot in West Timor, Indonesia.