H. Paul Moon is a filmmaker, composer and video artist. Through his production company Zen Violence Films, he profiles performing and visual artists who span boundaries from classical arts to new media technologies. He also creates experimental films in the tradition of wordless environmental cinema ranging from city symphonies to "Koyaanisqatsi."
Moon's debut film "El Toro" — an experimental work that explores connections between the ancient ritual of Spanish bullfights, and the passion of the Christ — won the Best of Show award of the 2010 Rosebud Film & Video Festival at Artisphere, and the Experimental Media Prize of the 2011 WPA Experimental Media Series at The Phillips Collection. Prior to "El Toro," Moon filmed the documentary "R. Luke DuBois: Running Out of Time," profiling a New York composer and visual artist who builds on notions of cultural and romantic memory, exploring how information can be time-manipulated for emotional impact. The documentary premiered at the 2011 DC Independent Film Festival, won the 2011 "Best Short Documentary" jury prize at the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival, and won the 2011 "Silver Medal for Excellence in a Music Documentary" at the Park City Film Music Festival. Subsequently, Moon filmed the short documentary "Hamac Cazíim," about a punk band using music to maintain their indigenous heritage, which became an official selection at the Red Nation, Chicago International Movies & Music, and Ruby Mountain Film Festivals, the Native American Indian Film Festival of the Southeast, and the Indianer Inuit: Das Nordamerika Filmfestival in Stuttgart, Germany.
Moon later debuted "Time Crunch," a landscape/environmental film accompaniment to the same-named work for chamber orchestra by composer Jordan Kuspa, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum with the 21st Century Consort. Time Crunch became an official selection at the Ruby Mountain, James River Shorts, Chronos, and Park City Film Music Festivals. From the same series at the Smithsonian, he recently debuted an experimental work named "Simple Machines" with an original music score by R. Luke DuBois, which subsequently screened at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. His newest films are "LowerTown Paducah," a feature-length documentary about an artist relocation program in Kentucky, and "The Saxon New World," a half-hour documentary about 19th-century Saxons who settled in rural Missouri, from the untold history of America's earliest and largest immigrations. Projects that are still in production include a narrative short, and three feature-length documentaries: about the American composer Samuel Barber, cowboy poetry, and the life of Whittaker Chambers — an espionage thriller.
Prior to his recent interest in filmmaking, Moon was a playwright and a composer of incidental music for theatre. He lives and works in the Washington, D.C. area, where he also teaches video editing at Docs In Progress.
Samples are available at vimeo.com/channels/zen.
- Zen Violence Films LLC - production company
- Zen Violence Films - sample clips
- The Saxon New World - a short documentary
- LowerTown Paducah - a feature documentary
- WESTDOCUMENTARY (.com) - work-in-progress
- The Whittaker Chambers Story - work-in-progress
- Hamac Caziim - a music documentary
- Moonblog - personal blog
- Facebook - personal profile
- The D-Word - profile
- IMDb - profile