Fine Cut

Fine Cut 2014: 'Alma'

"Alma" is a short film written and directed by Paul Joseph. The movie aired as part of the 2014 edition of "Fine Cut," KCET's 17th annual festival of student films.

"Alma" Synopsis:
A man, lost in the most isolated of places, stumbles upon a small house and its bizarre owner who provides him with more answers than he bargained for.

Paul Joseph's Bio:
Paul Joseph was born on May 22, 1990, in Tarzana, Calif. He began showing his artistic nature at a very young age through photography, writing, and art. His love for film came to fruition during his freshman year of high school, where he was exposed to his first film production course. Quickly realizing that he was a writer/director/editor, Paul spent high school making a plethora of short films, TV episodes, music videos, and commercials.

After graduating from high school, Paul spent his collegiate career studying film at three different universities: California State University, Northridge (CSUN), the University of Southern California (USC), and Columbia College Hollywood (CCH), where he graduated cum laude with a B.F.A. in cinema directing. While at USC, Paul's short film "Freeze Frame" (2009) was one of five movies selected to represent his class at the 2009 USC School of Cinematic Arts Summer Program Film Festival.

He has written, directed, and edited music videos for multiple up-and-coming artists, some which have garnered the attention of CNN and Good Morning America. Paul has also created commercials for a variety of major corporations, including Vizio, TiVo, Doritos, and Sony. Paul's currently working on writing two feature scripts, directing a handful of music videos, and finishing post-production on his feature length documentary "Transforming Lives: The Taylor-Kevin Isaacs Story" (2014).


Click here to read a Q&A with the filmmaker.


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