Paul was born in Warsaw, Poland, and moved to NYC at the age of 12, the year that the city’s transit fare rose from 75 cents to 90 cents; 33 previously unknown Bach pieces were found in an academic library; and Canon demoed its first digital still camera. Besides New York City and Warsaw, he’s lived in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Alexandria (VA), Berkeley, New Haven, Philadelphia, NJ, DC, and, for shorter periods, Kampala and Berlin. During his
six seven drives across the US, he’s visited the vast majority of the contiguous states, and, by train, plane or automobile, he’s also visited some 45 50 55 60 countries. He likes stray dogs, fair use, depressing movies, trains, Greene and Kundera, Uganda, open source software, the Oxford comma, and occasionally translating Polish poetry to English. In the past, Paul was a drummer and a huge nerd software developer, and he still plays Pearl drums, and tinkers with Java libraries. His films have been featured on the New York Times Op-Docs, the New Yorker, and the Atlantic (upcoming), and his films and photos have been shown at festivals and galleries internationally. Paul is a media and tech lawyer (www.focusmedialaw.com), an occasional programmer for Slamdance, and an alum of the Union Docs Summer Lab. He’s a graduate of Columbia University (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), where he studied history and philosophy, and Yale Law School, where he focused on free speech and intellectual property, and watched a lot of reruns and depressing movies.
write to paul [at] itchydogfilms [dot] com
“make your ego porous. will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing. openness, patience, receptivity, solitude are everything.” (rilke)
”dogs are our link to paradise. they don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. to sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in eden, where doing nothing was not boring — it was peace” (kundera)
”this is what you shall do: love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyranny, argue not concerning god” (walt whitman)