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Paul Zinder

Senior Lecturer in Film Production

I've taught, made films and have published various essays for many years. I really enjoy working with students to help them develop their own unique talents. Chevron icon


I’m an award-winning filmmaker whose work has screened internationally. I’m also a published writer in media studies and have taught media production, film and television studies, and screenwriting at universities for over twenty years.

I co-edited the collection The Multiple Worlds of Fringe: Essays on the J.J. Abrams Science Fiction Series (McFarland, 2014) and have published essays on various genre and cult television series, including Alias, Deadwood, Justified, and Veronica Mars.


  • MFA, Film, Syracuse University, 1996
  • BS, Mass Communication – Concentration in Film, Towson University, 1993


Black Maria Film Festival – First Prize, 2008; Director’s Choice, 2016, 2012, 2010, 2001

Canada Shorts – Certificate of Excellence, 2015

Festival Corto e Mangiato – First Prize, 2011

Full list of awards and screenings


2009-2010 The American University of Rome Award of Excellence

2000 Rockefeller Foundation Film/Video/Multimedia Fellowship Nomination

Membership of professional bodies

National Popular Culture Association

Whedon Studies Association

Teaching & Research


Film Production, Film History, Film Theory, Screenwriting, Cult Film and Television


Film Production, Cult media, Genre, Film and Television Theory

He is also the co-editor of the collection The Multiple Worlds of Fringe: Essays on the J.J. Abrams Science Fiction Series and has published work on various cult and genre media, including Alias, Deadwood, Justified, and Veronica Mars.


More publications from Paul Zinder can be found in the Research Repository.

External responsibilities

Independent Filmmaker, Film and Television Consultant, Screenwriting consultant

Subject for media interview

Film Production, Cult film and television, genre films and television

Professional positions

Paul Zinder is currently in postproduction on his latest short film, after being commissioned by the U.K.-based Canal and River Trust to direct and produce the short documentary Signwriter, which was released in 2015.

External examining

External Examiner for the BA (Hons) Film Production program at the University of St. Mark & St. John (Plymouth, UK) 2015 - 2019