Paul Alexander Juutilainen

Director & Producer

Paul Alexander Juutilainen has over 20 years of experience producing, directing, editing, and color grading documentaries and narrative films. He has received over 60 awards, including 13 Emmy awards, DuPont-Columbia, and 10 Telly awards. Juutilainen’s first long-format documentary Herbert’s Hippopotamus about philosopher Herbert Marcuse was honored at the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. He also directed the documentary That is My CASA (2017) about the US foster care system, Life by Design (2008) about the worldwide impact of Danish design (AFI Film Festival), and documentaries for PBS including Ingrid Croce (2002) about songwriter Ingrid Croce and Balboa Park (2005) about Spanish heritage in California’s architecture.

He is currently the editor on Lindy Laub’s The Most Dangerous Man in the World about Leon Trotsky, was the editor on Laura Nix’s 2020 Academy Award Nominated Walk Run Cha-Cha part of the New York Times OpDocs, the editor on Rea Tajiri’s Lordville (2014), Bringing King to China (2011) by Kevin McKiernan/Haskell Wexler, and Culture of Hate (2002) by Lee Harvey for American Public Television. His color work can be seen in Singing Our Way to Freedom (2018) (Best Documentary at the 2018 San Diego Latino Film Festival) and Primate Cinema (2013) (Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals). He is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the IDA, and an adjunct lecturer at UCSD and CalArts.