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Michael Paxton

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Occupation  Film director
Books  Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life
Education  New York University

Role  Filmmaker
Name  Michael Paxton
Movies  Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life
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Born  March 29, 1957 (age 58) (1957-03-29) United States
Alma mater  University at Albany, SUNY New York University
Nominations  Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature

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Michael Paxton (born Michael Anthony Palumbo; March 29, 1957) is an American filmmaker. He is most well known for his feature documentary Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life, which received an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Satellite Award for Best Feature Documentary of 1997. Paxton currently works for the Ayn Rand Institute.

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Early life and education

Michael Paxton was born Michael Anthony Palumbo on March 29, 1957 in Kingston, New York.

In 1975, Paxton began attending the University at Albany, SUNY. He graduated in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in philosophy.

After graduating from college, he attended the Graduate Institute of Film and Television at New York University, where he received a Master of Fine Arts degree. Ang Lee also attended the Institute at the time, making the two graduate school classmates. Paxton's graduate thesis film, Forbidden Fruit, won awards for Best Screenplay and Best Editing at the 1988 NYU Film Festival.

Career

In 1989, Paxton co-produced and directed the world premiere of Ayn Rand's play Ideal at the Melrose Theater in Hollywood, and in 1991, he adapted and directed a dramatic presentation of Rand's futuristic novella, Anthem. In 1995, he was the Assistant Director on the live-action/animated feature The Pagemaster for Turner Pictures.

In November 1996, Paxton released the feature documentary Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life. The documentary takes its name from a concept that Ayn Rand developed—a sense of life—which is a "pre-conceptual equivalent of metaphysics, an emotional, subconsciously integrated appraisal of man and of existence. It sets the nature of a man’s emotional responses and the essence of his character." In 1997, Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 69th Academy Awards. It also won the Golden Satellite Award for Best Feature Documentary of 1997.

Paxton also co-produced the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life and was Visual Effects Supervisor on Stuart Little 2. He was the Associate Producer on The Lion King 1½ for Disney, Bionicle 3: Web of Shadows for Miramax, and Smallville Legends: Kara and the Chronicles of Krypton for The CW.

In addition to his film and theater work, Paxton has written four books: Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life (The Companion Book) and three children's books for Disney based on classic animated features (Cinderella, The Rescuers Down Under, and The Aristocats).

Works

Films
  • Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life (1996), writer/director/producer
  • Stuart Little 2 (2002), visual effects coordinator
  • Ideal (2004) (V), writer/director/producer
  • Bionicle 3: Web of Shadows (2005), associate producer
  • Smallville Legends: Kara and the Chronicles of Krypton (2008) (V), line producer
  • Animation projects
  • Rover Dangerfield (1991), production coordinator
  • The Pagemaster (1994), assistant director
  • The Lion King 1½ (2004), producer
  • Roxy Hunter and the Mystery of the Moody Ghost (2007) (TV), associate producer
  • Roxy Hunter and the Myth of the Mermaid (2008) (TV), associate producer
  • Roxy Hunter and the Secret of the Shaman (2008) (TV), associate producer
  • Roxy Hunter and the Horrific Halloween (2008) (TV), associate producer
  • Plays
  • Ideal (1989), writer/director/producer
  • Anthem (1991), writer/director/producer
  • Books
  • Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life, The Companion Book, writer (1998)
  • The Aristocats, writer (1999)
  • Cinderella, writer (1999)
  • The Rescuers Down Under, writer (1999)
  • References

    Michael Paxton Wikipedia


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