As a photojournalist and cameraman, Paxton Winters has shot news features around the world, from the Middle East to the Amazon Rainforest, for channels such as CNN, Al Jazeera, Arte and Dutch NOS. This year he shot for the BBC’s acclaimed series Welcome to Rio, where he was embedded with Rio’s feared Special Forces Police.


Paxton’s first (documentary) film, Silk Road ala Turka, was made while traveling with 3 Turkish photographers, as the core of an intrepid team, tracing the Silk Road by camel caravan through China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Turkey for 18 months


His feature debutCrude, won the “Best Feature Narrative” award at the Los Angeles International Film Festival and a Special Jury Prize at the Seattle International Film Festival.


The idea for his second script, A Crash Course (co-written with Emre Mirza) was born during a shooting stint in Baghdad, Iraq. Chosen to participate in the prestigious Sundance Institute Writer’s Lab, A Crash Course follows an American soldier and an Iraqi insurgent with his family, dependent upon each other for survival, as they struggle to drive from Baghdad through the perils of a new Iraq to MosulPaxton is attached to co-direct A Crash Course with award winning writer/director Cherien Dabis.



Speaking fluent Turkish, Paxton also directed the final season of the hit police/ mafia drama series, Alacakaranlik (Twilight) in Istanbul, Turkey.


As a photographer, he was awarded a National Press Photographer’s Award and a White House Photographer’s Association Award for a story he shot (and co-wrote with NPR’s Ivan Watson) about an Iraqi refugee and her Marine husband struggling in Ozark, Missouri.


Last year, Paxton was commissioned by an offshoot of the New York based LAByrinth Theater Company to write the feature film, Sweets. Shot primarily in Harlem, Sweets stars Catherine Kellner and Kevin Corrigan.


Currently, Paxton is developing a feature film project with community members from Morro dos Prazeres, a favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Pacified, is about an unlikely friendship between a tough little girl and an ex-trafficker, and will be cast and filmed in Prazeres, where Paxton has been living for the past year.


Paxton is also co-producing a documentary with Sarah Barab, entitled Naked Mind, which explores the impact of meditation and mindfulness on the Western world today.  


When not working on his own projects, he likes to spend time in Jacmel, Haiti teaching (and learning from) the students at the non-profit Cine Lekol Film Institute.


Paxton Winters is represented in the US by the United Talent Agency.

Paxton Winters

Writer - Director - Photojournalist