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Paul Wagner

Discipline: Media Studies

Paul Wagner is an Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning independent filmmaker. His work includes both documentaries and dramatic films, many focused on cultural, political and historical themes. They include The Stone Carvers, about Italian American artisans, that won the Oscar and Emmy Awards for Best Documentary; Signature: George C. Wolfe, a documentary about the charismatic theater director, named Outstanding Public Television Program of the Year; Out of Ireland, about Irish immigration to America; and Windhorse, a narrative theatrical feature shot on location in Tibet and Nepal, that won several major film festival awards. Wagner holds a BA in English and MA in Communications from the University of Kentucky and studied anthropological film at the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School of Communications. Over his thirty-year career, he has received grants from the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities. His films have been featured at festivals including Sundance, Toronto, Tokyo, Rotterdam and Telluride and have been broadcast nationally on PBS. Wagner taught narrative filmmaking as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Virginia and documentary filmmaking at American University. He taught documentary film on the Fall, 2009 voyage of Semester-at-Sea.