Paxton’s first 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 for 18 months through China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Turkey.  Paxton’s feature debut, Crude, about two opportunistic American backpackers who stage their own kidnapping, won the “Best Feature Narrative” award at the Los Angeles International Film Festival and a Special Jury Prize at the Seattle International Film Festival. His second script, Outside the Wire was chosen to participate in the prestigious Sundance Institute Writer’s Lab.


Paxton is currently wrapping post-production on a feature film entitled, Pacified, which he developed with community members from Morro dos Prazeres; a favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where he’s resided for the past 8 years. Produced by Reagent Media and Fox International, Pacified revolves around an unlikely friendship between a 13 year-old girl and an ex-trafficker as they navigate family and politics in the shifting terrain of their tight-knit community. 


As a cameraman, Paxton has shot news features around the world from the Middle East to the Amazon Rainforest for channels such as CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, Arte and Dutch NOS. His latest news feature, produced for TIME Magazine, is about the work of Windie Lazenko, a survivor leader fighting to end human sex trafficking in small town America.  


In addition to Portuguese, Paxton speaks fluent Turkish. Based in Istanbul, Turkey for 18 years, he also directed the final season of the hit police/ mafia drama series, Alacakaranlik (Twilight). As a photographer, Paxton 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.  


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

Paxton Winters

Writer - Director - Photojournalist