Paul VanDevelder

Paul VanDevelder

Dogs On the Roof

Author, photographer (still) and screenwriter in Studio City, Los Angeles County, California

About Paul

When not in jail, rehab, or on the lam from bail-bondsmen and process servers in little beachside communities on the Mexican Riviera that cater to Canadian surfers and American trust fund outlaws, Paul has somehow managed to cobble together a spectacular work resume that highlights, among other things, stints as a gandy dancer, a hod carrier, a backstretch groomsman on a larcenous little race track in Tiajuhana, a short order cook in a Chemehuevi chicken shack north of Needles, a postal clerk, a bank teller, a carpenter and dry fly tier, a tuna boat skipper, a guard-dog handler, and a bell-ringer at a drive-thru wedding chapel near Elko, Nevada. He has quit, walked off, been thrown off or fired from or every job he's ever had. His last career counselor was a little blue haired lady with cateye glasses and a turrets-like facial tic that exposed the gum line of her lower dentures when she finally worked up the nerve to broach the awful but unvarnished truth: "For an all-around no-good such as yourself, Mr. VanDevelder, I'm afraid there's only one thing left --and that's the life of a writer."

Paul has written for The New York Times, Nat. Geo Traveller, Audubon, Esquire, Forbes, and American History, among others, and is a regular contributor to the commentary section of the LA Times, the Seattle Times, and High Country News. His book, Coyote Warrior: One Man, Three Tribes, and the Trial that Forged a Nation, was nominated for a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize, and was made into a documentary for PBS. His book, Savages and Scoundrels, The Untold Story of America's Road to Empire through Indian Territory (Yale University Press) won the 2011 Oregon Book Award for Non-fiction. He has written three documentary films, including "Journey to Medicine Wheel" which one Best Picture at the American Indian Film Festival in SanFrancisco. His feature film about the Iran-Contra Affair THE LAST GOOD KISS - is currently in pre-production, Mikael Salomon directing.

Name: Paul VanDevelder

Lives in: Studio City, Los Angeles County, California

Company: Dogs On the Roof

Occupation: Author, Photographer (Still), Screenwriter and Translator

Unique traits: Avid road fisherman....sailor...hiker...cyclist...a gringo who grew up in Latin America....fluent in Spanish....


  • Journey To Medicine Wheel

    Journey To Medicine Wheel (1998)
    Documentary by Raymond Chavez A 16 year old Crow Indian math whiz has to balance her academic gifts in the white world with her obligations as a princess representing her tribe....


  • 4 Pulitzer Prize nominations

  • Oregon Book Award

  • International Screenwriting Contest

  • ABA's Silver Gavel Award - Finalist

  • National Book Award nomination

Paul's Profile Statistics

  • Since: August 2016
  • Last online: > 2 weeks ago
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Paul's network

Harris Freedman
Oracle Laura
Frank Rudert
Richard Mark Bazley
Stanley N. Lozowski
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