About Paul

Since graduating from Temple University’s MFA program in film, Paul has worked on features, documentaries, commercials, and TV for a range of corporate clients including PBS, Facebook, Huffington Post, LogoTV, Human Rights Watch, Verizon, and Urban Outfitters.

Parallel to this, Paul has nurtured an personal film practice that explores experimental combinations of actor improvisation, choreography, optical printing, observational documentary, landscape photography, and installation.

This year, among on-going documentary projects, Paul will spend a month as visiting artist-in-residence at the Teton Artlab in Wyoming. 

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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