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Paul Donatelli

Paul Donatelli

Documentary Film and Video


Paul Donatelli is a native Californian who attended Loyola Marymount University and received his B.A. in Film Production in 2003. While in college, he directed a short documentary about an immigrant teenager’s ongoing transition to life in the U.S. as well as a mockumentary about an intramural basketball team whose lofty ambitions exceeded their on-court abilities. After graduation, he served in Bangladesh as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years, teaching English and producing two documentaries for local development organizations as well as one for the Peace Corps program. His documentary, entitled Amra: Child Labor in Bangladesh, was shown in several European countries and at a worldwide Peace Corps conference in the Philippines.  In the past few years he has also worked in rural Africa managing mobile camps and at a Bay Area non-profit coordinating foreign exchange student programs. As a filmmaker, he is intrigued by the way diverse cultures communicate with each other as well as the ability of people to affect change through innovative and unique approaches to chronic social problems. 

The Life of a Language 

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JUNE, 2012
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One Native American family struggles to save their native language from dying amidst the obstacles, both historical and modern, they face in their everyday lives.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Region 1 Finalist, Documentary Category, Student Academy Award, 2013


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Laura Green  (Director/Producer)
Paul Donatelli  (Cinematographer)
Sara Mott  (Editor)
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Installation explores the boundaries between art and industry as it documents the process of constructing Richard Serra's massive steel sculpture 'Sequence.'

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Honorable Mention, Best Student Film, Provincetown International Film Festival, 2012
Cantor on Screen: Films by Stanford Students, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 2013
Camden International Film Festival, 2012
Oakland Underground Film Festival, 2012
Indianapolis International Film Festival, 2012
Napa Valley Film Festival, 2012
Mill Valley Film Festival, 2012
BendFilm Festival, 2012
Starz Denver Film Festival, 2012
Palm Springs International ShortsFest, 2012
Aspen ShortsFest, 2012
Newport Beach Film Festival, 2012
The National Gallery of Art (as part of Black Maria Film Festival), 2012
Ashland Independent Film Festival, 2012

Guerrilla Art 

16mm color film
JUNE, 2011
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An artist remembers his violent and traumatic past and the connection this has with his current artistic work.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Buying and Selling: Stanford Student Filmmakers on Bay Area Economies, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 2013
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival,  2012

Living Tiny 

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Co-directed by Paul Meyers
MARCH, 2011
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A new vision of home is explored in this look at homeowners and builders who seek an alternative to traditional construction.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Best Green Documentary, CouchFest Film Festival, 2012
KQED Truly CA, 2015
Lifetree Film Festival, 2013
Indieboots Film Festival, 2013
EcoFocus Film Festival, Athens, GA, 2013
Princeton Environmental Film Festival, 2013
Ethics in Film Week, Marymount University, 2013
Truly CA Shorts, KQED webcast, 2012
Couch Fest Films, 2012
Dallas VideoFest, Dallas Museum of Art, 2012
Madeline Island Summer Film Series, 2012
AFI/Discovery Channel Silverdocs Film Festival, 2012
Seattle International Film Festival, 2012
Mountainfilm in Telluride Festival, 2012
Sonoma International Film Festival, 2012
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2012
Durango Independent Film Festival, 2012
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival,  2012
Starz Denver Film Festival, 2011
"Party on the Edge" Cantor Arts Center Screening, Stanford University, 2011

Legitimate Fighter 

16mm black and white film

A portrait of a retired professional boxer as he reflects on his life and career through poetry he has written.



June 16, 2012

Free and open to the public

Annenberg Auditorium
June 10, 2011

Free and open the public

March 16, 2011

Free and open to the public

December 7, 2010

Free and open to the public