Paul Booth

Founder & Host

Paul is a graduate of the Vancouver Film School, a multi-award nominated and winning feature film producer and for short films he’s a multi-award winning writer, director and Production Consultant (County, State, Regional and International Awards) Paul’s work has been shown in film festivals around the world, screened in multiple art house cinema venues and broadcast worldwide on web-casts. He produced five feature films and five short films before moving into film journalism.  On television, he has produced a 5-episode mini-series for Time Warner Cable and multiple segments for a weekly series.

Distribution of his work includes Blockbuster Video Hawaii, Hollywood Video (U.S. nationwide), with current distribution on Amazon.com, Walmart. com, Target.com and Public Libraries in Hawaii (five islands) and California (Sacramento/Orange County). He has Produced two national (U.S.) releases.

Paul was the founder of the Hawaii Student Film Festival in 1999 until the event ended in 2003. The Hawaii Student Film Festival showed 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 Student Film Festival in the State’s history.

Paul curated 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). He then moved on to a Film-magazine (March 2013-April 2015), covering film festivals, reviewing indie films and interviewing film industry professionals and brought the magazine it’s first pull-quote (of many). A few included a theatrical trailer (starring Peter Bogdanovich, Alicia Witt and Cheryl Hines), DVD covers of films with stars such as Beau Bridges, William Sadler, movie posters and promotional materials.

As a journalist he has interviewed Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas), D.B. Sweeney (Memphis Belle), Jon Polito (Miller’s Crossing) and Emmy-Winner Gil Bellows, Emmy-Winner/Oscar-Nominee Tom Berenger, Oscar Nominees Peter Bogdanovich, Norman Jewison (Thalberg Oscar-winner), Phedon Papamichael A.S.C. and filmmakers in the Oscar categories of Best Short Film and Best Feature-Length Documentary. 

He was fortunate to be one of the Founders of Talking Pictures and has hosted and interviewed guests from high school students to Oscar-Nominee (Cinematography) Greig Fraser A.S.C. for Lion in 2017, Oscar Nominee Rachel Morrison A.S.C. for Mudbound in 2018 and Oscar Nominee Fiona Crombie (Production Design) for The Favorite in 2019. The Oscar-nominated DP of Best Picture Winner MOONLIGHT James Laxton also came on the show for the Oscar-Winning Film If Beale St. Could Talk. Paul has interviewed Emmy Nominees Rodney Taylor A.S.C. (Ballers) and Paul Cameron A.S.C. (Westworld). He has also interviewed the multi-talented actress Alicia Witt (Mr. Holland’s Opus, Dune), William Sadler (The Shawshank Redemption) and Jason Mitchell (Easy-E, Straight Outta Compton). He has covered film festivals all over the Country. He has covered the Newport Beach Film Festival for eight of nine years (which launched his career into the next level of Film Journalism), Turner Classic Movies Film Festival for eight of nine years (where he met Co-Creator/Executive Producer Alexa Foreman) and in Oct. ’19 will covered his 8th straight San Diego International Film Festival.