About Paula Froehle

Paula Froehle is a FILM DIRECTOR, VISUAL ARTIST, EDUCATOR and ENTREPRENEUR with over 30 years experience in film and education. 

As a FILMMAKER she has directed 12 films and over 20 media projects. Her directing credits include her feature-length documentary, “The Show Must Go On, An Intimate Portrait of The Flying Wallendas,” which screened at numerous festivals and is distributed by MVD Entertainment Group. She is currently working on COLONY, a documentary following an ex-con-turned-beekeeper.




As an ENTREPRENEUR she has been involved in the founding of several successful startups, including Opal Pictures design & film production company (2004-pres); Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy media arts college (as Founding Academic Dean, 2007-2014), and Chicago Media Project (2014-pres), a member-based nonprofit dedicated to supporting impact documentary work and presenting the DOC10 Film Festival each year.

She is also co-founder of CMP Invest/Impact (CMP I/I) one of only two equity funds in the US to invest in documentary films as a "pay it forward" approach in supporting documentary work.

As an EDUCATOR she was Founding Academic Dean of Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy, where she developed an intensive, immersive degree program in Film & Broadcast Media, Recording Arts, Game Design & Interactive Media, VFX & Animation and Design & Visual Communication.

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Favorite MOVIES

Un Chien Andalou by Bunuel + Dali

Meshes of the Afternoon by Maya Deren

La Jetee by Chris Marker

Man on WIre by James Marsh

Anything by the Quay Brothers

so many others...



The coast of Maine

Cadaques, Spain

San Francisco (too easy)

My own head - ha!

It's all in what you choose to put a frame around in the world.

My first film. A found footage loop, optically printed. My first love.

Watch - at 1:00 something extraordinary happens.




10X10 Objects is a series of short films that tell the personal stories of recent exonerees and others living on the margins (such as returning vets, undocumented immigrants) using the vehicle of their ten personal cherished objects. Each documentary subject chooses ten items that hold deep meaning and “value” for them which then become the spine of a short piece that reveals their personal story.

10x10: Kristine Bunch focuses on the story of Kristine Bunch, who served 17 years in prison wrongfully convicted in the arson murder of her first child.


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