Specializing in Documentary and Experimental Cinema

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PAUL MARCHAND stepped off a train at Union Station in the late '90s with a full-ride scholarship to study film at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. First inspired by the work of the French New Wave's Rive Gauche filmmakers like Chris Marker and Agnes Varda, Marchand gravitated towards documentary and experimental cinema immediately. He found work on a trucking dock in South Central, and as a 35mm changeover system projectionist to fund his first short film, DEMENTIA, in which he combined 35mm still photography with 16mm motion film. The experimental film was honored with a special screening at the Director's Guild of America, and presented an award by the American auteur, WILLIAM FRIEDKIN (The French Connection, The Exorcist.)

Marchand continued to developed his craft as a cinematographer and editor while working at HBO in a small group that pioneered the company's transition from film into digital cinema.

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Big River Man Los Angeles Premiere, 2009

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Good Hair & Big River Man Sundance FF, 2009

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Chris Rock, Sundance FF, Good Hair, 2009

While at HBO, he was introduced to comedian CHRIS ROCK, who enlisted him to edit and ghostwrite GOOD HAIR, a documentary film that explored notions of beauty and acceptability for African-American women and their hair; the film went on to win the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Also in competition at the Sundance Film Festival that year was another film Marchand had worked on as Director of Photography, BIG RIVER MAN, which won Best Cinematography for the expressionistic style he and the director, JOHN MARINGOUIN, used to chronicle an aging Slovenian athlete's 5268 kilometer swim through the treacherous Amazon River.

Since Marchand's breakout year at Sundance, and his return from the Amazon, he has freelanced as a television editor for comedians JERRY SEINFELD and LARRY WILMORE, shot a documentary for comedian RUSSELL BRAND, collaborated with film artist KENNETH ANGER on a short film commissioned by Missioni of Italy, edited MARTIN SCORSESE's THE 50 YEAR ARGUMENT (an HBO documentary on the historic New York Review of Books), and edited CHELSEA HANDLER's four-part Netflix documentary series, CHELSEA DOES... [MARRIAGE / RACISM / TECHNOLOGY / DRUGS].

Marchand met METALLICA bassist and film producer, ROBERT TRUJILLO, in 2011 and began to edit his film, JACO (a documentary on the great American bassist, Jaco Pastorius). He took over as director/writer when the film's first director, STEPHEN KIJAK, left to pursue other projects.

JACO is Marchand's feature-length directorial debut, and it is also the work he is most proud of. The film had its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival and has been winning festivals and playing independant movie theatres internationally. When Paul is not fervently trying to succeed as a filmmaker, he likes to surf in the Pacific and visit his mother's organic farm and apiary.

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JACO Premiere and Panel, SXSW 2015

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Robert Trujillo atJACO Premiere, Ace Theatre 2015

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JACO Los Angeles Premiere Ace Theatre, 2015