Pastor Paul

A Film by Russ Senzatimore


“PASTOR PAUL“ tells the story of a small-town minister forced to choose between a newfound atheism and maintaining his job.
No longer able to contain his feelings of disbelief, Paul lights out of church one morning before service, leaving the parishioners, church elders, and his family with many questions. Hours pass, and members of the church struggle with how to handle their absent leader.
Upon his return, Paul is told he has a few weeks to wrap up his affairs and make room for the next pastor. His wife, Greta, reminds Paul of his commitment to family, compelling him to break the news to their son, who is studying in seminary. Facing these truths, Paul decides to stay on with the congregation, his spiritual feelings unchanged.


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    Russ Senzatimore

    Russ Senzatimore is a filmmaker and photographer in Brooklyn, NY. His latest film, "PASTOR PAUL", is a 35mm black and white drama telling the story of a small town pastor forced to choose between a newfound atheism and keeping his job. The film was the recipient of a Panavision New Filmmakers Grant. For the New York Shakespeare Exchange, he recently directed "SONNET 67", about a woman frustrated with a cold, modern world.
    As a filmmaker, Senzatimore has seen success with numerous short films. "WE FOLLOW THE RULES", concerning the treatment of an ostracized police officer following a fatal shooting, was screened at the Orlando Film Festival in 2010. A story of two lovers separated by many years, "ISABELLA", won the Best Short Film - 16mm award at the 2004 Long Island International Film Expo. Senzatimore has maintained a long working relationship with Madonna, beginning as an assistant editor on her feature film “W.E.” and concert video,“"The MDNA Tour”. Recently, he contributed as an editor on live performance backscreen and music videos. He was also a cinematographer on "BEST FRIEND / INTERLUDE", a backscreen projection video which
    was seen internationally as part of Madonna's MDNA Tour.
    In the past, he has worked as an assistant editor on American and European features, which provided an invaluable education in filmmaking. His varied filmography includes work done at the studio and independent level, and with a wide range of directors including Robert Benton, Rebecca Miller, and Milcho Manchevski.

Awards + Festivals

  • PARKFLIMMERN 2015 (Screening, Parkclub Fürstenwalde, Germany)August 15, 2015
  • 20th PORTOBELLO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, UK)September 19, 2015
    3rd WEST NORDIC INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Norway)October 15, 2015
  • 32nd INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL “SARAJEVO WINTER 2016” (Official Selection, Bosnia and Herzegovina)February 7, 2016
  • BRAZILIAN INT’L LABOUR FILM FESTIVAL / MOSTRA CINETRABALHO 2016 (Official Selection, Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil)May 2, 2016
  • BRAZILIAN INT’L LABOUR FILM FESTIVAL / MOSTRA CINETRABALHO 2016 (Official Selection, Marília, São Paulo, Brazil)May 23, 2016


Russ Senzatimore
Russ Senzatimore
Russ Senzatimore
Director of Photography
Eric Lin
Russ Senzatimore
Sound Design
Russ Senzatimore, Dominick Tavella


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DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
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Dolby 5.1/stereo



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Russ Senzatimore