Bio

Paul Kowalski is a Los Angeles based writer/director. He is a Directing Fellow graduate of the American Film Institute (AFI) Conservatory, adjunct professor of film directing at USC, and a BAFTA Newcomer. His style tends towards dark psychologies, hypnotic imagery, and themes of exile, obsession and the supernatural.

Born in London to nomadic Poles, Paul grew up in the Middle East, Africa and all across America. While studying literature at Brown University, he published a collection of short stories, and made his first film in a seminar on Italian Neorealism.

His recent psychological thriller, BREATHE, stars Kristof Konrad (HOUSE OF CARDS) and Alicja Bachleda (ONDINE, TRADE), and picked up audience and jury prizes at Beverly Hills, Aesthetica, Breckenridge, Woods Hole, Big Island, Beijing Film Academy, Sunscreen, Derby and USA film festivals, and nominations from the ASC (American Society of Cinematographers), CINE, and Cine Gear Film Expo. Other award-winning films include his debut, BATTERSEA, which features London's iconic power station and premiered at the 20th Raindance Film Festival, as well as SHADOWS, starring Karolina Wydra (SNEAKY PETE, TRUE BLOOD, HOUSE). Paul has also directed fashion and music films, and worked on documentaries like EAST OF PARADISE, which took top prize at the 62nd Venice Film Festival.

He is currently developing several projects for film and TV: a dark LA thriller about obsession and identity, a psychological horror set at a British boarding school, and a TV series based around a small California town that undergoes a supernatural purging.


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