Film Mentors: Filmmaker: Documentary - Paul Stekler
Paul Stekler’s documentaries about American politics have won numerous national honors including multiple Emmys, Peabodys and du-Pont-Columbia Journalism awards. His films include Sundance Special Jury Prize winner George Wallace: Settin’ the Woods on Fire (directed and produced with Dan McCabe. it aired on PBS's The American Experience), Vote for Me: Politics in America (directed and produced with Louie Alvarez and Andy Kolker. it was a national PBS two night special), Last Man Standing: Politics Texas Style (which aired on PBS’s P.O.V. series), two of the Eyes on the Prize civil rights series films, and Frontline’s The Choice 2008, about the Obama-McCain election race, which he co-produced and wrote with director Michael Kirk. His latest film, Getting Back to Abnormal, an ITVS funded film about New Orleans and race relations after Katrina, made with Alvarez, Kolker and Peter Odabashian, will premiere at SXSW 2013. Dr. Stekler has a doctorate in American politics and worked as political pollster in Louisiana. He lives in Austin where he teaches documentary film production and is the Chair of the Radio-Television-Film Dept. at the University of Texas.