Paul Crowder (Co-Director and Editor)
Paul Crowder is a British former musician turned movie Editor and Director. Born in London, England in 1962, Crowder's entertainment career started as a professional musician and recording studio engineer.
As an assistant engineer, he recorded many artists including Frank Zappa, George Michael, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Aha & Malcolm McClaren. With his band The Adventures, he released five albums, which included a top 20 hit in Europe, and opened for Tears for Fears and Fleetwood Mac. In 1989, Crowder moved to Los Angeles and joined Eric Burdon (of the Animals), Robbie Krieger (The Doors) and Brian Auger (Oblivion Express) in the Eric Burdon/Brian Auger Band. Following that, he went on to become one of the founding members of the band Floggin' Molly.
In 1994, Crowder started assisting film editors, and in 1995 quit music and went full time into film editing. Starting in Reality TV for the major networks in its very early days, he edited such classics as Close Calls: Cheating Death and Video Justice. Crowder then went to VH1 and edited over 50 episodes of Behind the Music, including episodes on Ozzy Osbourne, Oasis, Vanilla Ice and Run DMC. It was during this time that he met director Stacy Peralta on the show Influences, Yesterday and Today, which was being produced for the Museum of Television and Radio. He and Peralta made two shows for MOTR and when it came time for Stacy to make his first feature documentary, Dogtown and Z-Boys, he asked Paul to be his editor.
Following the critical success of Dogtown (voted Audience Favorite and Best Director at Sundance 2001, and Best Documentary at the 2002 Independent Spirit Awards), Crowder edited Riding Giants (also with Stacy Peralta), garnering the A.C.E. Eddie for Best Edited Documentary.
During 2004, Crowder directed and edited two commercials for Twenty20 Bank in South Africa, and he directed, produced and wrote two episodes of the OLN series Fearless (the first about Surfer Kelly Slater, and the second about Mountaineer Peter Hillary). A self-proclaimed "soccer nutcase" and Chelsea supporter since 1970, it was fitting that Crowder made his Feature Documentary Directing Debut, with Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos. Telling the rise and fall of the legendary 1970s New York soccer team, the film was released in the US by Miramax during the summer of 2006, and was received with excellent reviews.
In June of 2006 Crowder joined forces with Spitfire Pictures to co-direct and edit this definitive documentary about the The Who.