Paul Lazarus has a 30-year award-winning career as a director, producer and writer of television, film, and theater projects. Recently, he completed work on a feature length documentary called “SlingShot” about noted Segway inventor Dean Kamen and his 15-year quest to solve the world’s water crisis. SlingShot is currently traveling to major film festivals all across the country and winning numerous awards. The documentary represents an intriguing new direction for Lazarus who prior to this work directed and produced several feature films, including “Seven Girlfriends,” starring Tim Daly, Mimi Rogers, Jami Gertz, and Melora Hardin and voice directed the animated musical feature, “Joseph,” starring Ben Affleck as well as a host of highly popular prime time TV series including “Friends,” “Psych,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Melrose Place,” “Mad About You,” “LA Law,” and “Dream On.” (For more career details please visit Paul’s website)
In this first of a two part podcast interview we explore in more depth his creative journey to his decision to spend seven years working on Slingshot and to take his career in a new socially committed direction. We discuss how Paul moved from being a Senior at Dartmouth who was pursuing a music career to working with Terry Hands and Trevor Nunn at the Royal Shakespeare Company during its Golden period. We travel from the UK to back to NYC where Paul hosts his own unique music show “Anything Goes” and interviews Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein and then explore his decision to move to the West Coast to begin a TV and film career. We hope you enjoy this podcast. Please send us comments on our Facebook page.