Tariq Samuel Tapa is the writer-director of ZERO BRIDGE, his debut feature and the first film made in war-torn Kashmir in forty years. It was partially funded by a Fulbright fellowship and was made with no crew and a cast of non-professionals. After receiving support from the IFP Labs, it premiered at the Venice Film Festival, played at the Karlovy Vary, Mumbai, and Los Angeles Film Festivals, and was nominated for the John Cassavetes Award at the Independent Spirit Awards and a Gotham Award. It is distributed by Kino Lorber.
Tapa was one of Filmmaker Magazine's “25 New Faces of Independent Film”, a Spirit Awards “Someone to Watch” nominee, and an IFP Gotham Award nominee. His interviews and profiles have been featured in Variety, IndieWire, National Public Radio's The Leonard Lopate Show, Guernica Magazine, and Filmmaker Magazine. Ella Taylor of The Village Voice called him "a filmmaker of enormous promise and precocious maturity," while Stanley Kaufmann of The New Republic wrote that his debut "exemplifies the wizardry of film."
His work has shown at La Biennale, Film Forum, MoMA, Centre Pompidou, Siskel Film Center, The Castro, Walker Art Center, Northwest Film Forum, and REDCAT.
He is currently developing new long-form and short-form projects for film and television.