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is an Alabama born-and-raised, Texas educated, New Orleans-refined and Los Angeles-based writer/director.


Seasoned filmmaker living in Los Angeles. Currently in development on feature film with Verve Literary and Talent agency as writer/director for script which was a finalist for the Nantucket Screenwriters Colony and now has name talent attached.


  • -3x Short of the Week selection

  • -Criterion collection selection

  • -The New Yorker selection

  • -Omeleto, Nobudge, Directorsnotes selections

  • -Austin Film Festival, Cucalorus Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival, Sun Valley Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival

  • -Austin Film Society grant winner

  • -Southern Producers' Lab project selection

As a Director of Photography

Paavo has shot documentaries, narratives, music videos, and branded content. Films he has shot have played at SXSW, Tribeca, Rotterdam, Clermont-Ferrand, New Orleans Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival, and many others.

He has worked with numerous notable directors including Katie Mathews, CJ Hunt, Garrett Bradley, Margaret Brown, Lee Hirsch, Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, and many others. Films he has DP-ed have been supported by Sundance, SF Film, Tribeca, Southern Doc Fund, Ford Foundation and many others.

Recently, Paavo DP-ed the feature documentary "Roleplay" which premiered at SXSW 2024. Before this, he shot "The Neutral Ground" which premiered at Tribeca Festival before playing on POV on PBS as well as "Last Dance" (d. Coline Abert) which premiered at Frameline 2022.

Festivals & Recognition


Austin Film Festival

Maryland Film Festival

Sarasota Film Festival

Berlinale Short Film Cloud

Sun Valley Film Festival

Nantucket Screenwriters Colony Finalist

Cucalorus Film Festival

Davey Fest

Sarasota Film Festival

Curitiba International Film Festival

SF Shorts--Winner Best Direction

Oxford Film Festival

New Orleans Film Festival

Sidewalk Film Festival

Indy Film Fest

Tallgrass Film Festival

Beeston Film Festival

Lake Placid Film Festival

Micheaux Film Festival

Tonkawa Film Festival -- Winner Best Drama

Dumbo Film Festival

The New Yorker

Omeleto selection selection

Austin Film Society grantee

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage grantee

Threadhead Foundation grantee

Filmshop Breakthrough artist

WarnerMedia SouthPitch Finalist

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