About Paul

A cinematographer and artist, originally from the mountains of central Appalachia, Paul moved to Philadelphia for an MFA in film production. Most recently, they lensed the narrative short After the Date, about an unexpected romance between a trans woman and her new boyfriend, which premiered at Frameline41. Paul spent the last year as director of photography on Queer Genius, a feature documentary that shows portraits of visionary queer artists including Rasheeda Phillips, Camae Ayewa, Eileen Myles and Barbara Hammer.

Paul is currently in post-production on their debut feature documentary, Fifty Years to the Top, about the life and music of Philadelphia soul singer Frank Bey. 

Parallel to this, Paul’s experimental film practice explores combinations of actor improvisation, choreography, optical printing, observational documentary, landscape photography, and installation. They were recently a resident at Teton Artlab where they collaborated on new work with Contemporary Dance Wyoming. 

Their experimental shorts have premiered at the Montreal Underground Film Festival, The London and Portugal Undgeround Film Festival, The Haverhill Experimental Film Festival, Big Muddy, and The Y’allywood Film Festival. Paul is an artist member at Vox Populi, a collective gallery and performance space in Philadelphia.

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Artist Statement

Growing up in the rural hills and hollows of eastern Appalachia, I came to know landscape as intimate, enclosing and sometimes isolating. I spent my adolescence among spiritual idealists and seekers who my family joined to build an intentional community in the woods. The result is a complicated, urgent relationship to place that finds its way as an obsession into my films.

After graduating college, like many who leave the South to find space for themselves and their work,  I moved north to a city. So far this work has been rooted in the landscape of the east coast: dense cities, pastoral farms, wooded hills.

My practice is place-specific and formally fluid. Rather than searching for the “essence” of a place, it involves the physical, emotional, spiritual, and visual shape of our relating to our land.


A quiet portrait of the ritual space between land and community deep in the mountains of southern Appalachia.

  • Official Selection // Montreal Underground Film Festival // 2017

Experimental short on 16mm with live score performance. 

  • Official Selection // 20/92 Icebox Philadelphia // 2016

Short, entirely improvised over three days in the Blue Ridge mountains of southwest Virginia. 

  • Official Selection // New Filmmakers New York // Anthology Film Archives // 2016
  • Official Selection // Y’allywood Film Festival // 2015
  • Official Selection // Philadelphia Film Showcase // 2016
  • Screening // Storyville at Scribe Video Center // 2016
  • Screening // Walking October Mountain // Mechanical Eye Microcinema // 2015
  • Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association Completion Grant

Short, optically printed experimental film.

  • Official Selection // Montréal Underground Film Festival // 2014
  • Official Selection // Haverhill Experimental Film Festival // 2014
  • Official Selection // Big Muddy Film Festival // 2014
  • Official Selection // London and Portugal Underground Film Festival // 2013

Short, optically printed 16mm experimental film. 

  • Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association Completion Grant
  • Official Selection // Shooting Wall Film Festival // 2014
  • Official Selection // London and Portugal Underground Film Festival // 2013