Paul Thomas Anderson

Paul Thomas Anderson: The Directors Series (2016)

THE DIRECTORS SERIES is an educational non-profit collection of video and text essays by filmmaker Cameron Beyl exploring the works of contemporary and classic film directors. You can donate to support the project at patreon: patreon.com/directorsseries


1- PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON- THE SUNDANCE KID (ABOVE)

THE SUNDANCE KID is the first installment of THE DIRECTORS SERIES’ examination into the films and careers of director Paul Thomas Anderson, covering his lo-fi origins and his breakout at the Sundance Film Festival. THE DIRK DIGGLER STORY (1988), CIGARETTES & COFFEE (1993) & HARD EIGHT (1996).


2- PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON- THE CALIFORNIA CHRONICLES

THE CALIFORNIA CHRONICLES is the second installment of THE DIRECTORS SERIES’ examination into the films and careers of director Paul Thomas Anderson, covering the pair of sprawling ensemble-based pictures that cemented him as a major new voice in American cinema: BOOGIE NIGHTS (1997), VARIOUS MUSIC VIDEOS (1997-1999) & MAGNOLIA (1999).


3- PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON- THE CONCEPT COMEDIES

THE CONCEPT COMEDIES is the third installment of THE DIRECTORS SERIES’ examination into the films and careers of director Paul Thomas Anderson, covering his short foray into experimental art comedies: VARIOUS MUSIC VIDEOS & SHORT WORKS (2000-2002), PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE (2002) & VARIOUS SHORT COMEDY SKETCHES (2002).


4- PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON- PORTRAITS OF POWER

PORTRAITS OF POWER is the fourth installment of THE DIRECTORS SERIES’ examination into the films and careers of director Paul Thomas Anderson, covering his monumental pair of epic character studies: THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007), THE MASTER (2012) & fIONA APPLE: “HOT KNIFE” (2012).


5- PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON- HIGHER STATES

HIGHER STATES is the fifth installment of THE DIRECTORS SERIES’ examination into the films and careers of director Paul Thomas Anderson, covering his explorations into the possibilities of an altered state, whether it’s naturally or chemically-induced. INHERENT VICE (2014), JOANNA NEWSOM MUSIC VIDEOS (2015) & JUNUN (2015).