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About Paul

A native of Portland, Oregon, I received a double BA in English Literature and Spanish at the University of Oregon before earning my MFA at the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television. My recent film, "Just Ask..." has already won six awards on the festival circuit, including five prestigious Awards of Excellence from the Accolade, IndieFest and Best Shorts Global Film Competitions. My award winning Sci-Fi film "Wide Awake in Nothing" has screened at numerous festivals worldwide and enjoyed a long run on the Independent Film Channel.

I have produced, written and directed a number of other award winning films (both narrative and documentary), many episodes of a web based sit-com, as well as industrial commercials. My screenwriting work includes original screenplays, as well as working as a freelance screenwriter, script doctor and editor. I have been commissioned to write and/or rewrite feature screenplays for a variety of production companies in Los Angeles, New York, London and Athens.

I continue to develop a number of feature film writing and directing projects, including the war photographer drama "Shoot the Dead," the Sci-Fi thriller "Star Sailor," the horror film "The Hive" and the romantic comedy "The Politics of Dating."
I am also the screenwriter, creative producer and second unit director of the upcoming sports comedy "Swing Away," which recently filmed in Rhodes, Greece, and a co-writer on the forthcoming TV series "Dystopia."

Besides all my writing and directing, I do work as a cinematographer and colorist as well. The indie feature "Cold Water," that I shot and colored, recently premiered in Estes Park, CO (where it was shot) and is due for distribution in the coming year.

In addition to all this, I taught Critical Film Theory/History at the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles for five years.

I love movies. I love making them, talking about them and teaching others about them. I'm a storyteller and love working with like minded people who enjoy the hard work, intellectual and artistic challenges that filmmaking provides. I wouldn't ever do anything else.



  • The Hive

    The Hive Horror A young woman follows a strange impulse to return to her childhood home only to find her parents missing, her past erased and the house threatened both inside and out by a dark presence that wants her dead.

  • The Politics of Dating

    The Politics of Dating Comedy Romance A struggling political consultant loses the girl of his dreams and turns to the "Missed Connections" personals to find her, leading him on an absurd journey through the world of social media dating and a strange road to personal and professional self discovery.


  • Mad World

    Mad World (2017)
    Film (Sci-Fi) Writer Add a Plot »

  • Swing Away

    Swing Away (2016)
    Film by Ancient Game Productions Screenwriter, Executive Producer

  • Dystopia

    Dystopia (2016)
    Television by ROTK, Ltd Writer

  • Cold Water

    Cold Water (2015)
    Film by David Zelina (Drama) Cinematographer This is the story of Alice Fuller (Amy Shelton-White) struggling to come to terms with her past in order to embrace her future. Shot almost entirely in and around Estes Park, Colorado, the film follows Alice as she is forced to spend one final week at the family cabin with her hedonistic mother (Elizabeth White) and underachieving brother (Lee Shelton). Plagued with repressed memories, anger and guilt, Alice finds it impossible to connect with those around her, including her boyfriend, Jake (David Zelina) who is looking to start a family of their own. Only after summoning the courage to look within herself, accept her own role in the family dynamic and face the past head on, can Alice hope for a loving and functional future.

  • Just Ask...

    Just Ask... (2014)
    Film (short) by Blind Confidence Productions (Comedy and Romance) Director, Co-Writer, Co-Producer

  • Artistic Energy: The Bronx

    Artistic Energy: The Bronx (2014)
    Documentary Co-Director, Co-Cinematographer

  • Josh & Ira

    Josh & Ira (2011)
    Internet by J&I Productions Director, Producer

  • Max Force

    Max Force (2009)
    Film (short) Writer, Director, Director of Photography

  • Damaged Goods

    Damaged Goods (2006)
    Film (short) by Rich/Tint Productions Producer

  • Antebody

    Antebody (2005)
    Film (short) by James P. Gleason (Thriller and Drama) Sound department Lois Ambro has just received some terrible news. The body of her husband, Matin, has been found in the Los Angeles River. She is about to receive some even more startling news! The detectives are at a loss to explain it. The medical examiner has never seen anything like it. The Ambro family has no idea what has happened, how it happened, who did it, or why, and are haunted by the prospect of a murder yet to come! The police may know how Marty died, Lois may know how Marty lived, but there's something you don't know about Martin David Ambro... Written by James P. Gleason

  • Fortunate Son

    Fortunate Son (2004)
    Film (short) by Quinn Saunders (Drama) Sound department Successful businessman experiences Viet Nam flashbacks that ultimately lead to his son's death.

  • Wide Awake in Nothing

    Wide Awake in Nothing (2003)
    Film (short) Writer/Director

  • Burl's

    Burl's (2003)
    Film (short) Producer

  • The Warriors of the 14th Fairway

    The Warriors of the 14th Fairway (2002)
    Film (short) by Jason Kachel (Comedy) Sound department

  • Equation

    Equation (2002)
    Film (short) by Anuj Majumdar (Comedy, Drama and Mystery) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director A whimsical tale about the domino effect of our actions, "Equation" revolves around a lonely astronomer who convinces himself that his neighbor is selling visas to illegal immigrants for sex/money. He decides to investigate bus his obsessive mission turns out to be as surprising as it is self-defeating. Written by Anonymous

  • Forever

    Forever (2000)
    Film (short) by Christian Huennebeck Sound department

  • Nailed

    Nailed (1997)
    Film (short) by Paul Robert Lingas (Thriller) Writer, Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor A young woman feels the presence of an intruder in her empty house.


  • Best Short Film - The New York Festival of New Cinema

  • Award of Excellence: Short Film - Accolade Global Film Competition

  • Award of Excellence: Direction - IndieFest Film Awards

  • Award of Excellence: Short Film - IndieFest Film Awards

  • Award of Excellence: Short Film - Best Shorts Competition

  • Best Story - Short of the Month Film Festival

  • Gold Special Jury Award: Directing - WorldFest Houston


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