The Paulus Film Group

In 1995 award winning graduates from the York University film program joined the producers of Paulus Productions Inc. to create the short film Goodnight with Bravo!FACT. The following year Paulus Film Group Inc. (PFG) was created for the production of film narratives, commercials and music videos.

Organized as a production vehicle for the talent of some of Canada’s best up-and-coming film directors, writers, producers and technicians, PFG has become known as an independent film house that produces unique, narrative-driven short films.

By 2000, the combined talents was acknowledged with over fifty awards and nominations by the international film and television community.

In 2000, PFG co-produced its first feature film, Cornered with Leeward Pictures and Film Arts Entertainment. In 2002, PFG worked in association with Madstone Films for the production of Rhinoceros Eyes which led to the Discovery Award at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2003.

Currently, the founding partners of PFG are in development and production of feature films both as a company and independently. It is the mandate of the Paulus Film Group to use their combined talents and resources towards the production of quality Canadian filmmaking through a collaborative philosophy and a strong respect for artistic integrity.

PFG – The Founding Partners

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ROBERT CROSSMAN

Robert has written and directed a series of award-winning shorts including A Pretty Strong Word, Dead People’s Bums and Cockroach Blue. Robert also co-directed the feature film Cornered and edited the feature Rhinoceros Eyes. While writing his film scripts Rust, Dotted Line and Inheritance, Robert has kept busy editing short films, such as The Nose, Paradise, and The End. He has also done stop-motion animation on TV shows and ads including; Jojo’s Circus (Disney), Meiser Brother’s Christmas (Warner Bros.) and the 2008 Chinese Olympic campaign for Coke Zero. Robert is currently writing his next screenplay, Beechwood West, writing and directing the production logo for Copperheart Entertainment and developing the animated TV series Super Robot Fight Planet.

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DAVID GREENE, csc

David Greene, CSC specialized in dramatic cinematography, both features and TV movies. With numerous credits to his name with Fox, WB, Sony, CBS and Lifetime, his work has been recognized by awards for excellence in cinematography, including CSC Awards, Gemini Award and Nominations, Genie Award Nomination, and most recently an Independent Spirit Award Nomination (2005) for Redemption staring Jamie Foxx. Currently David is collaborating with Director Peter Stebbings on Defendor, starring Woody Harrelson. His most recent film Tennessee is due in theatres before Christmas, 2008.

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DANIEL HILL

Daniel Hill graduated from the University of Toronto with a Cinema Studies Specialist B.A and began a free-lance career in film production working in areas of production management and coordination. As a producer of dramatic film, television, commercials and music video he has proven indispensable in pooling resources and talent toward a common vision with PFG. His recent feature film productions include Cornered, Rhinoceros Eyes and Bolly Double. Daniel Hill acknowledges the continued support of Bravo!FACT and The Hart House Film Board.

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ROBERT JEFFREY

Robert Jeffrey’s theatrical career saw four decades of celebrated performance on the international concert and musical stage, interpreting the works of a broad range of composers from George Handel to Noel Coward. In theatres from Stratford to Stockholm, he took on starring roles in such premiere productions as West Side Story and Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. In later years, Jeffrey’s interests led to stage direction (Anne of Green Gables, Jacques Brel) and film production with Paulus Productions Inc. As a founding partner of the Paulus Film Group, Robert’s diverse creative background and experience became an essential contribution to the group’s collaborative success on a variety of diverse projects. Robert passed away on September 17, 2004. He is greatly missed.

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DREW MULLIN

As a writer/director, Drew is an asset to the creative team. To date, Drew has written and directed nine projects with PFG which have led to numerous awards including 11 Gemini Nominations, One Bessie Nomination and Two Best Music Video Awards (Yorkton). Drew is currently employed as a director and producer with TV Ontario while developing long format productions with PFG.

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ERIC NOVAKOVICS

As the principle producer with both the York Graduates and PFG, Eric has overseen the production of numerous PFG productions including the critically acclaimed short film Bed and Breakfast. His flair for organizational and financial management has made him an integral part of the Paulus Team. Currently, Eric is head of I.T. and web development with the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and works as a free-lance web designer and multi media consultant.

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PAUL G. RUSSELL

Paul G. Russell is a writer, director and artist with a background in art history including historical research at the Courtauld Institute and portrait painting at Sir John Cass College, both in London. He has curated exhibitions, lectured and written extensively on the arts in a variety of publications including The Globe and Mail, Canadian Art and Ornamentum. On stage, he has produced such cabaret musicals as Dames at Sea and co-directed the original production of the musical Robin For Good. For television, he wrote for the critically-praised series Images of Canada, produced the Emmy-nominated Untamed World and is Executive Producer of the syndicated series Reach for the Top. He was Co-Producer of the recent feature film comedy Bolly Double and is slated for a solo Toronto exhibition of his paintings, in April, 2009.

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AARON WOODLEY

Aaron's first feature film, Rhinoceros Eyes, made its premiere at the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival where it won the Discovery Award. As one of eight founding partners of PFG, Aaron directed several projects with the group including three award winning short dramas - The Wager, Bed and Breakfast and Downpour. Aaron has two feature films premiering in the near future - Toronto Stories (2008) and Tennessee (2009).