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Paul Israel Pickman

Paul Israel Pickman (born February 4, 1958) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, newspaper publisher and columnist best known in United States of America for founding the Kackad(Каскад) pronounced Cascade in English) Russian newspaper.



Pickman graduated in 1981 from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography film school in Moscow, with a degree in journalism and art of film directing. Soon after, Pickman rejoined his family in Minsk, Belarus. His father, Israel Pickman (Russian: Израиль Цуриелевич Пикман) was a filmmaker who was well known in the USSR and also a graduate of the same film school. His mother was Mera Volchenok, a chemical engineer.

Pickman quickly came to public prominence in Belarus in the 1980's, once he joined his father in Belarus film studios where he had interned since his time in high school. Like many other Jewish Soviets, Pickman left the Soviet Union for the United States in 1989.

In America, Pickman reinvented himself with the American dream mentality, starting with meeting his second wife, Nelly, in 1994. Shortly after, in 1994, with his support team, Pickman embarked a new project as a scriptwriter, film director and producer with his good friend Avi Abramov as a director of photography. Both created an international documentary called “Peace Sounds Sweet”. Released in 1995, the movie was well-received and won an award at the Philadelphia International Film Festival. Shortly after, Pickman and his wife decided to launch Baltimore’s Kackad Russian Newspaper in June 1995. Currently, Pickman still serves as the newspaper publisher and columnist.

Pickman plays a pivotal role as a spokesman for the Baltimore Russian and Former USSR Jewish immigrant community.


  • 1987 - Prize and diploma from All Byelorussian Festival of Young Cinematographers, Minsk, USSR, for documentary, "Long Live the Wind".
  • 1988 - First prize and Diploma from "National Festival of Advertisements", Kishinev, USSR, for films, "Save the Bread", "Old man, Old Woman and Kilowatt".
  • 1989 - TV shows for National Broadcasting, Moscow, USSR, for "These Non-Understandable Old Men", "House at the Road".
  • 1988-89 - Vice President, Young Cinematographer’s Union, Minsk, USSR, 1988-1989
  • 1990s

  • 1994 - Development Stages of Several film projects with McDonagh-Davis Newborn A Quante Associates including TELLY AWARD-WINNING "The Loneliest Journey", camera, production, editing.
  • 1995–Present - President Goubernia Corp., Editor in Chief of the Cascade Russian newspaper
  • Editor, Milner-Fenvick Video Company
  • Film Director, Cinema Verite
  • "Songs and Music of Russian Jews"
  • "From Baltimore with Love"
  • "Peace Sounds Sweet"
  • Diploma of Philadelphia International Film Festival, participate in New York 17-th Independent Film Market and Leipzig International Film Festival
  • 2000s

    After much success as a print newspaper in the Baltimore, DC, and Virginia area, in 2002 the paper adapted the domain name and expanded to an online market to capture the world audience.


    In 2014, Paul Pickman published a book called, New Year in September.


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