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H. Paul Moon

H. Paul Moon is a filmmaker, composer and video artist. Through his production company Zen Violence Films, he profiles performing and visual artists who span boundaries from classical arts to new media technologies. He also creates experimental films in the tradition of wordless environmental cinema. Moon's debut film was the award-winning "El Toro" — an experimental work that explores connections between the ancient ritual of Spanish bullfights, and the passion of the Christ. Prior to "El Toro," Moon filmed the award-winning documentary "R. Luke DuBois: Running Out of Time," profiling a composer and visual artist who builds on notions of cultural and romantic memory. Other selected films include: the short documentary "Hamac Cazíim," about a punk band using music to maintain their indigenous heritage; "Time Crunch," a landscape/environmental film accompaniment to the same-named work for chamber orchestra by composer Jordan Kuspa; and "Simple Machines" with an original music score by R. Luke DuBois -- all official selections at film festivals internationally. His newest films are "LowerTown Paducah," a feature-length documentary about an artist relocation program in Kentucky, and "The Saxon New World," a half-hour documentary about 19th-century Saxons who settled in rural Missouri, from the untold history of America's earliest and largest immigrations. Projects that are still in production include a narrative short, and three feature-length documentaries: about the American composer Samuel Barber, cowboy poetry, and the life of Whittaker Chambers — an espionage thriller. Prior to his recent interest in filmmaking, Moon was a playwright and a composer of incidental music for theatre. He lives and works in the Washington, D.C. area, where he also teaches video editing at Docs In Progress.

Short film credits

Image from The Saxon New World

The Saxon New World

United States | Oct 2012 | 30:00
Unprepared for the harsh conditions of America in 1838, and dismayed by the scandal of their leader Martin Stephan, the Saxons persevered to sow the s...

R. Luke Dubois: Running Out of Time

United States | Feb 2011 | 30:00
R. Luke DuBois is a composer and visual artist in New York City. His creative work builds on notions of cultural and romantic memory, exploring how in...
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