Saturday, April 7, 2007

About Paul

Paul (Co-Writer, Producer, Director) is a graduate of Kauai Community College, the Vancouver Film School, a multi-award nominated, multi-award winning feature film producer (including a Telly and Davey) and multi-award winning director (for his work in public access television he received a W.A.V.E. award). Paul's work has been produced with a company on the Universal Studios lot, shown in film festivals around the world, screened in multiple art house cinema venues and broadcast worldwide on web-casts.

On television, it has been produced for Time Warner Cable (5-episode mini-series and multiple segments for a weekly series) and screened on Comcast cable in Sacramento, West Sacramento, Davis and Grass Valley, Nevada City and Nevada County in Northern California. Other California screenings include Eureka, Arcata, Humboldt, Palo Alto, E. Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton and Stanford. It has also aired on public access channels in Columbia Missouri, Cambridge Massachusetts, Manchester New Hampshire.

DVD distribution of his work included (before closing) Blockbuster Hawaii and Hollywood Video (U.S. nationwide), with current distribution on Netflix.com, Amazon.com and Public Libraries in Hawaii (5-islands) and California (Sacramento/Orange County). Two (of five) feature films he Produced are national (U.S.) releases.

Paul was the founder of the Hawaii Student Film Festival in 1999 and directed the event until 2003 when it closed, after showing 230 films from 30 schools on 5 Hawaiian Islands. In 2003 the festival was recognized on the floor of the Hawaii State Senate with a proclamation honoring it as the First (ever) Student Film Festival in the State's history. The festival also received a proclamation from the Kauai County Council in 2003 (the island the festival started on).

Paul currated the Lihue Library Film Club at the Hawaii State Library (Fall '09-Fall '11), wrote Classic DVD reviews and covered film festivals (including Turner Classic Movies Film Festival and Newport Beach Film Festival) for the Garden Island newspaper in Kauai, Hawaii (Dec.'09-Dec.2012) and then wrote for Influx Magazine (March 2013-April 2015), covering film festivals, reviewing indie films and interviewing film industry professionals. As a rock writer in 2013 (with press credentials) he covered Keb Mo', Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, Alice Cooper, The Beach Boys, Leann Rimes and the legendary Jazz pianist McCoy Tyner.

He has interviewed current and past Oscar winners including Thalberg Oscar winner and 5-time nominee Norman Jewison,  two-time Oscar winner Ron Judkins (Jurassic Park/Saving Private Ryan). Oscar Nominees Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show) and Phedon Papamichael (Nebraska). He has had the privilege to interview Grammy winners Jimbo Mathus and Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Makana (nominated for the Soundtrack of the Oscar-winning The Descendants). His pull-quotes have been used on eight different 'Official' movie posters, DVD covers including Beau Bridges' RUSHLIGHTS and in a theatrical trailer for COLD TURKEY (starring Peter Bogdanovich, Cheryl Hines and Alicia Witt). His quotes are also used on the DVD box, posters and or promotional materials for  the multi-award winning indie features Missing Child, Seahorses and The Historian (with William Sadler).

Among more than 10 known actors, he has interviewed Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas), Jon Polito (The Big Lebowski) and William Sadler (The Shawshank Redemption). Along with William Sadler his most recent interviews were with Alicia Witt from the hit FX series Justified (guest star season 5) and Oscar Nominee, Emmy Nominee, Emmy Winner Tom Berenger as well as Emmy Winner Gil Bellows of Kill the Messenger and the recent award-winning-indie-gem Girl on the Edge. He has also written for Hawaii Film and Video Magazine.

Paul's work has been covered in Asian Cult Cinema magazine, Filmmaker Magazine and mentioned multiple times in The Honolulu Star Bulletin, The Honolulu Advertiser, The Modesto Bee, The Grass Valley Union, The Garden Island News and in TV interviews on the Central Valley Report (Comcast Cable, Modesto), KGMB (CBS Hawaii Affiliate), Hawaii News Now, KITV (ABC Hawaii Affiliate) and KHON (Fox Hawaii Affiliate). On the radio he has done interviews for Sacramento's Capitol Public Radio (NPR), KOIC radio in Southern California, Kauai Hawaii's Kong Radio, KKCR and the online show Solutions Now Radio.

2 comments:

carloshima said...

Paul,

It's very cool watching you ride the wave. You're handling with grace and style my brother. I look forward to seeing the final cut. Keep fighting the good fight.

Producers in arms,

Los

Learning Through Outdoor Adventure said...

Paul and Carlos,
It was great meeting you guys and I look forward to future collaborations. Paul you've got a great film and with the right edits you'll be rewarded at the festivals. More importantly you're doing what you love in a socially conscious way; this is the present and forseeable future of film. A few more tracks to check out: Dire Straits "Brothers in Arms", Johnny Cash and Dave Matthews "For You", and Richard Thompson's "Dad's Gonna Kill You". The last song has a lyric page on Richard's website that may provide a fitting end to the movie if it is posted like the poem you have in the intro. Just a suggestion. Keep up the great work.
Jonathan