September 13, 1962 in New York City, New York, USA
5' 10½" (1.79 m)
With the feature documentary American Hardcore Paul Rachman revisited his music and filmmaking roots having started his career making underground films and rock and punk music videos in the early 80's with bands such as the Bad Brains. He later became one of the of the industry's top music video directors at Propaganda Films in Los Angeles where he worked with such artists as Alice in Chains, The Replacements, Temple of the Dog, Sepultura, Roger Waters, Joan Jett and the Bad Brains. He garnered numerous nominations and awards for his music video work.
He made his feature film directorial debut in 2000 with Four Dogs Playing Poker starring Forrest Whittaker, Tim Curry and Olivia Williams. He also directed several award winning short films most notably Drive Baby Drive, Memories, Home, Bang Bang, and Zoe XO.
Paul is also a founder and east coast director of the Slamdance Film Festival. Since its inception in 1995, Slamdance has been described as one of the top 10 film festivals in the world today by Vanity Fair magazine.