Paulette Lifton

Paulette Lifton

Director, Editor, Producer, Screenwriter and Other

Los Angeles, California

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October 2011
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About Paulette

Born in Hollywood, California, Paulette Victor Lifton fell in love with the film industry at an early age. Ms. Lifton's passion for directing and writing came through experience from the ground up. First, accepted into the 'Short Fiction Film' program at UCLA, where she worked on two films, one as an AD and than as a Producer. In that capacity her films won numerous awards (Gold Medal at the New York Film Festival, Malta Cine Circle, North Carolina Film Festival and The Dark Fiction Film Festival). She then moved onto work as a DP in Shanghai, China shooting music videos. From there, Paulette moved onto directing, producing and editing numerous music videos and commercials in Nashville for the likes of Travis Tritt, Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Shelby Lynn.

Inspired by the craft of editing, Ms. Lifton went on to edit nine features, writing 6 features, and directing 4. One caught the attention of the 'Hollywood Reporter', which quoted her talents as "precise and fluid" for the film Phoenix (1995). Ms. Lifton got her first break at directing and writing features when she completed a film that she was editing, Firestorm (1997). The director moved onto another project and he asked Ms. Lifton to shoot and write additional scenes for his film. After the success of that film, the producer hired Paulette to rewrite and direct his next film, Little Cobras: Operation Dalmatian (1997), a family film that eventually premiered on HBO. The sequel to that film, Monkey Business (1998) is where she discovered Shia LeBouf giving him his acting debut. Ms. Lifton's also directed Mirror, Mirror IV: Reflection (2000), the fourth sequel to the 'Mirror, Mirror' series and recently Bad to the Bone (2011), a MMA action film that she wrote and directed.

Along the way, Ms. Lifton's passion for editing and film production led her to open a film and post production facilities (in Burbank, Santa Monica and Detroit), Oracle Post and LIfton Films with her husband and partner Jimmy Litton. Ms. Lifton runs the facilities along with post supervising shows for MTV, Fox, Paramount, Warner Bros., Columbia Tri-Star, Lionsgate, Newline, Nickelodeon and Disney. Ms. Lifton has been nominated nine times and won three MPSE Award for Best Sound Editing for SpongeBob Squarepants and twice for Penguins of Madagascar. Her latest win is a Creative Emmy Award in 2011.


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