Paul Lenart produced several award-winning short films since graduating from the University of Toronto with a degree in Film Studies and English Literature. He started in the industry as a Producer’s Assistant and was involved in such projects as New Line Cinema’s THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT, the Warner Bros. TV series “Nikita” and Mel Gibson’s directing debut THE MAN WITHOUT A FACE, among many others. Overall he worked on more than forty movies from Hollywood blockbusters to Movies-of-the-Week, from network series to independent features.
In 2002 Paul was invited to be a resident at the prestigious Canadian Film Centre’s Producers’ Lab. While there, he produced several short films and work-shopped his feature projects. Following his residency Paul produced IN SHADOW for CFC / Universal Studios. After its Sundance premiere the film toured the international festival circuit and sold in several countries. His next film, MOTHERS, FATHERS, AND OTHER STRANGERS had its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, followed by many more fests, broadcast sales and a DVD distribution deal.
Since then Paul produced the hour-long 9/11 drama THE TRANSIT LOUNGE as well as the animated ONEHEADWORD PROTECTION. The latter, a Hungary-Canada co-production, played to excellent reviews at the Slamdance Film Festival among many others before opening theatrically in New York City. THE INTERIOR MONOLOGUE OF GILL THE GOLDFISH a half live-action/half animation comedy aired on the Bravo!, City!TV and CBC networks while also generating numerous international sales.
Paul taught Creative Producing workshops in Hungary and Romania, mentoring dozens of short films that played the international festival circuit. He also helped program the Slamdance Film Festival’s online film competition for two seasons.
Under his production company, Storyteller Pictures, Paul is developing suspenseful, crazy, dark and twisted tales that click with popular culture. Time permitting; he continues to write poetry, fiction, and articles for publication.