Paul Awad is a director and cinematographer who worked in commercials before turning his focus to narrative projects. He is co-executive producer, director and cinematographer of the multi-award-winning Web series “Thurston” for which his directing and cinematography work has won awards from the Telly Awards, Indie Series Awards, France’s Web Series Mag, and was nominated by the International Academy of Web Television. His work has also received recognition from the ADDY Awards, The Kodak Company, and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. His short films have screened and won awards at festivals across the country. His thriller/horror feature “The Fugue” screened at festivals and received distribution on Neflix. He has directed plays at the American Globe Theatre (Off-Off Broadway), The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Source Theatre, and The Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint. His feature screenplay “A Savage Nature” won the Grand Prize Thriller Award of the Hollywood Screenplay Contest. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts, a Master’s in Film Production and is a full-time faculty member of the digital filmmaking and video production program at The Art Institute of Washington where he was a sabbatical awardee.