PAUL FREEDMAN BIO
Paul Freedman began his film career as an editorial assistant for television commercials. As an editor and director, his list of commercial credits span a decade. Paul has also cut entertaining title sequences for feature films such as Ivan Reitman’s “Space Jam” and “Father’s Day.” His first documentary gig came as an editor on a film about minor league baseball. In 1994, Paul teamed with fellow director Greg DeHart on the historical military doc, “The Tears of Peleliu”. He also directed and edited “Human Products”, a tongue-in-cheek film, about a plumber and an electrician who make a brief and unlikely splash on the London art scene. Paul edited the disturbing doc, “Pol Pot’s Secret Prison,” a History Channel special about the infamous Tuol Sleng Prison. That piece won the International Documentary Association’s (IDA) top honor for “Best Documentary in a Continuing Series” in 2002 and was also nominated for two Emmys.
In 2004, Paul travelled to Rwanda to produce and direct a History Channel special documentary about the Rwandan genocide and its aftermath. “Rwanda—Do Scars Ever Fade?” would go on to earn a Peabody Award, two Emmy nominations, and the IDA’s prestigious ABC News/VideoSource Award for best use of news and archival footage. Paul co-wrote and edited.
In 2005, Paul was granted exclusive access behind the lines in the Darfur region of Sudan. His resultant film, “Sand and Sorrow”, explores the international community’s legacy of failure in responding to genocides past and present, with Darfur as the backdrop. HBO first broadcast the film in December 2008. The film, featuring Barack Obama, Samantha Power, Nicholas Kristof, and John Prendergast, is narrated by George Clooney. Paul Produced, Directed, Wrote and edited “Sand and Sorrow.”
Paul also created mini-films for Ignited/USA and the America’s Army Real Heroes program, profiling men and women who have received medals for valor in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. More recently, Paul has written and edited films on a variety of subjects including a Lakota elder in “The Thick Dark Fog”; child soldiers from the Ugandan civil war in “After Kony–Staging Hope”; and the search for missing Marines from the battle of Tarawa in “Until They Are Home”. He has edited numerous television shows and shot and directed others, including “Food Tech” for History. His film, “Halfway Home”profiles veterans who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Paul has directed and edited a series of films for Intel, regarding conflict free mining. The films were recognized by AdWeek, AdAge and Creativity Magazine Online in September of 2014.
Freedman won an Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Program in 2014 titled “One Last Hug: Three Days at Greif Camp” on HBO.
His most recent film, “Merci Congo”, is about the deadly war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and several extraordinary activists fighting to make things better. It aired on VICELAND in January of 2017 and is currently available for campus screenings.
Paul holds a B.F.A. from San Francisco State University and is also a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Motion Picture Editors Guild. He lives in Los Angeles, and is a married, devoted father of two.