Paul Alexander Juutilainen

Director & Producer

Juutilainen, of Finnish and North Macedonian descent, has over 25 years of experience directing and editing documentaries. He has received over 60 awards, including 13 Emmy awards, DuPont-Columbia, and 10 Telly awards. Juutilainen’s documentary “Herbert’s Hippopotamus” about philosopher Herbert Marcuse was honored at the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival. He is a member of NATAS, IDA, and an adjunct lecturer at UCSD and CalArts. Juutilainen’s work has been reviewed in Cineaste, LA Times, NY Times, Chicago Reader, San Diego Union-Tribune, IDA Magazine and the Independent. He lives in Los Angeles.

Delikado. Editor/Post Supervisor. Documentary. Palawan is Asia’s hottest new tourist destinations but resembling a battlefield defined by murder for its environmentalists. Hots Docs Festival. PBS/POV (2022).

Rise and Fall of the Mountains. Director/Producer. Documentary about the geological history of California. Emmy Nomination in Directing. (2020)

Walk Run Cha Cha. Editor. Documentary about Vietnamese American immigrants rediscovering themselves on the dance floor. Directed by Laura Nix. Concordia Studios/NYTimes OpDoc. 2020 Academy Award Nomination. (2019)

Singing Our Way to Freedom. Colorist. Documentary about “Chunky” Sanchez – musician and community activist. Audience Award Best Documentary, San Diego Latino Film Festival. National PBS. (2019)

That is My CASA. Director/Editor. Program about Honduran refuges, foster kids, and CASA volunteers. Emmy Awards in Directing, editing, and Short Form program. KPBS-TV/ KFMB-TV (2016)

Lordville. Editor/Colorist. Documentary exploring oral histories based on reading of the environment. Dir. Rea Tajiri. Special Grand Jury Prize Nomination, LA Asian Pacific Film Fest. (2014)

Bringing King to China. Editor. Documentary about bringing a play about Martin Luther King to the National Theater in China. Dir/prod. Kevin McKiernan/Haskell Wexler. Grand Jury Award at Nevada Film Fest and Reel Award at Canada International Film Festival (2011).

Life By Design. Director/Editor. Documentary on the history of Danish design and architecture. AFI/Danish Film Festival Los Angeles. (2008)

Border Billboards. Director/Producer. Documentary about artist ERRE defying anti-illegal immigrant group, the Minutemen. KPBS-TV. (2006)

Culture of Hate. Editor. Documentary about hate crimes and white supremacist movements in California. Pink Ghetto Productions. National PBS broadcast. (2002)

Herbert’s Hippopotamus. Director/Producer. Documentary on philosopher Herbert Marcuse, visionary for social movements of the ‘60s. The Cinema Guild. (1998)