Paul Kowalski is a Los Angeles based writer/director. He is a Directing Fellow graduate of the American Film Institute (AFI) Conservatory, a 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 Polish emigrants, Paul grew up in the UK, Middle East, Africa and all across America — sparking a natural impulse to reconcile contrasting views of the world. While studying literature at Brown University, he published a collection of short stories, and made his first film in a class on Italian Neorealism.
He is currently in post-production on his psychological drama/thriller feature, PAPER TIGER, backed by the producer of FRUITVALE STATION and SORRY TO BOTHER YOU. Paul’s AFI thesis film, the psychological thriller, BREATHE, stars Kristof Konrad (RED SPARROW, HOUSE OF CARDS, HOMECOMING) and Alicja Bachleda (ONDINE), and picked up awards from the ASC, CINE and Beijing Film Academy, as well as the Beverly Hills, Aesthetica, USA, Breckenridge, Big Island, Sunscreen and Derby film festivals. Paul’s other award-winning films include BATTERSEA, which features London's iconic power station and premiered at the Raindance Film Festival, as well as SHADOWS, starring Karolina Wydra (SNEAKY PETE, TRUE BLOOD, HOUSE). Paul has also directed fashion and music films, served as a film festival judge, and worked on documentaries like EAST OF PARADISE, which won the Orizzonti Prize at the 62nd Venice Film Festival.
In addition to finishing PAPER TIGER for fall 2019 festivals, he is currently developing several projects for film and TV: a dark crime 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.