For eight generations, The Flying Wallendas have amazed all who watch their daring artistry and dazzling skill. Since 1780 the Wallenda family has been a traveling circus troupe famed for their wire walking often as high as 10 stories above the ground and always without a net.
In the face of diminishing audiences, a collapsing business model and a vanishing way of life, The Flying Wallendas struggle to hold onto their rich heritage. They must beat back the harsh realities of performance anxiety, financial despair and spectator ambivalence while continuing to bring dreams to the dreamers from under the big top.
I choose not to see a separation between my life and my creative work. I draw, make films, cook broth, build companies, raise children, teach & mentor - all in the name of creating a world that is more engaging, creative, inspiring, and fun.
el relojero (The Clockmaker)
el relojero is an animated short film made in collaboration with Perry Harovas, an extremely talented 3D animator. It is based on a painting by Spanish surrealist Remedios Varo, and explores the magical realist world of creativity.
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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 & co-fund manager 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.In addition Froehle has developed MA curriculum in Social Impact Media for Saybrook University, Oakland, CA.
My boutique short doc endeavor:
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
ICARUS by Bryan Fogel
306 Hollywood by Elan & Jonathan Bogarin
so many others...
The coast of Maine
San Francisco (too easy)
My first film. A found footage loop, optically printed. My first love.
DAD @ 80 + new technology = just speeding along.
I have always kept sketchbooks, a private record of - and respite from - my day. When I discovered the Japanese accordion-style book, I began to see relationships between drawings done over many days, or weeks or years. I now think of them as "exquisite corpses" with my inner spirit.
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