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Paul Kim

Paul Kim

Professor of Screen Arts
Communication, Seaver College
CCB 216


Paul B. Kim is a professor of screen arts in the Communication Division of Seaver College at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. He holds an MFA in Film and Electronic Media from the School of Communication at American University where he served as a graduate fellow in the Center for Media & Social Impact funded through the Ford Foundation, and collaborated with the Center for Environmental Filmmaking as well as the MIT Media Lab on their new media literacy project. Kim also completed the M.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications program for marketing and media executives at Northwestern University, exploring the use of data and digital technologies in the media industry with a focus on audience analytics, brand communication, content strategy, and digital innovation.

Kim has 20 years of experience in the film, television, and media industries as a new media producer and documentary filmmaker exploring topics in human rights, global health, education, and the intersection of religion and politics. His projects have taken him across six continents, specializing in the art of cinéma vérité within culturally rich, sometimes demanding, and frequently underrepresented locations such as Tibet, Venezuela, the Amazon, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Arctic Circle, the Navajo Nation, Russia, and Haiti. Kim consults with organizations on digital content strategy and in building brand sentiment through strategic narratives. 

Some of the highlights of Professor Kim’s academic career include the establishment and oversight of a unique undergraduate documentary filmmaking program, chairing a department overseeing numerous programs within communication and the visual arts, and being a recipient of his institution’s highest teaching award. His student teams have been awarded with some of the highest acknowledgements in the field, such as the Pacemaker Award from the Associated Collegiate Press and a Student Academy Award nomination. At Pepperdine, Kim teaches courses in production, branded content and documentary storytelling, and proudly engages in participatory scholarship with his students and grassroots organizations. He is a member of A-Doc and the Documentary Cinematographers Alliance.


  • MFA Film and Electronic Media, American University, 2009
  • M.S. Integrated Marketing Communications, Northwestern University, 2023


  • 2022 Wales International Film Festival, Official Selection
  • 2022 Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival, Official Selection
  • 2022 Macon Film Festival, Official Selection
  • 2022 DC Black Film Festival, Official Selection
  • 2022 DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival, Official Selection
  • 2022 San Francisco Black Film Festival, Official Selection
  • 2018 Mexico City Independent Film Festival, Official Selection
  • 2018 Northern Wave Film Festival (Iceland), Official Selection
  • 2018 Bethesda Film Festival, Official Selection
  • 2018 AutFest, Official Selection
  • 2018 Telling Tales International Film & Audio Festival (UK), Official Selection
  • 2017 Boston Short Film Festival, Official Selection, Best Documentary Short
  • 2017 Oregon Doc Film Festival, Official Selection
  • 2017 Alexandria Film Festival, Official Selection
  • 2017 River Bend Film Festival, Official Selection
  • 2017 Copenhagen Film Festival, Denmark, Official Selection
  • 2016 The Royal Starr Film Festival, Official Selection
  • 2016 East Lansing Film Festival, Official Selection
  • 2016 The Best Shorts Competition, Award of Merit
  • 2016 Hoosierdance International Film Festival, Official Selection
  • 2011 WGTE Television Broadcast
  • 2011 International Festival of Local Televisions (Slovakia), Official Selection
  • 2008 Series Producer/Story Editor, Stained Glass Documentary Series
  • 2007 Producer/Director, MIT’s New Media Literacy Project Exemplar Library
  • 2006 Assistant Producer, Documentary Filmmakers Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use
  • 2022 The Impact DOCS Awards, Award of Excellence
  • 2015 Daniel A. Augsberger Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2011 CINE Golden Eagle Award
  • 2011 Accolade Award
  • 2011 DC Peer Award
  • 2005 Graduate Fellowship, Center for Media and Social Impact
  • 2016 Paper & Film Screening, Native Americans and Education as a Healing Agent, Andrews Research Conference
  • 2016 Film Screening, Society of Adventist Philosophers, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting
  • 2015 Panelist, Coastline Children’s Film Festival
  • 2012 Plenary presenter, Concepts for Successful TV Shows, EAMC Media Summit, Frankfurt, Germany
  • 2012 Panelist and Workshop Presenter, Manifest Film Festival, New South Wales, Australia
  • 2007 Presentation, New Media Exemplars, Media in Transition, MiT5: Creativity, Ownership and Collaboration in the Digital Age, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
  • 2007 Presentation on the Use and implementation of media technologies in worship, United Christian Artists Association Conference, Baltimore, MD
  • 2005 Film Presentation, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD


  • Documentary
  • Film and Video Production
  • Participatory Media
  • Digital Strategy


  • Screen Arts Capstone
  • Storytelling Through Media
  • Production I
  • Advanced Documentary Production