Paula Heredia is an award winning director and editor. She was awarded with an Emmy for the HBO documentary In Memoriam, NYC 9/11/01 and an ACE Eddie Award for the acclaimed documentary Unzipped. Addiction a documentary series for HBO received the 2007 Emmy Governors Award. Alive Day Memories – Home from Iraq, executive produced by James Gandolfini was nominated for a 2008 Emmy as Outstanding Non-Fiction Special, and most recently, the documentary The Art of Failure: Chuck Connelly Not For Sale, edited by Paula, won a 2009 Emmy Award for Best Cultural Program.
Her directorial work includes the documentaries: George Plimpton and the Paris Review, Ralph Gibson-Photographer and The Couple in the Cage. Her short fiction film La Pajara Pinta, was shot on location in the mountains of El Salvador, premiered at the Lincoln Center Film Society LatinBeat Film Festival and went to be shown in festivals around the world.
Her latest documentary Africa Rising was shot in five countries in Africa and portraits the work of the grass root movement fighting to eradicate female genital mutilation. This film will be release in the US, Europe and Africa.
Paula is currently directing a dramatic feature film about the impact of war, immigration and abandonment of children in El Salvador.
Paula heads the international committee of New York Women in Film and Television, serves on the board of advisors of Robert DeNiro Tribeca Film Institute’s All Access, serves on the board of directors of Clementina, Inc. Paula’s work is featured in the book: The Art of the Documentary by Megan Cunningham.