Narrative Feature – In Development
A war photographer must choose between love at home or the dangerous work that gives him purpose.
Paul Foster is young, eager and wants to consume the world. In a desire to ride the wave of history and experience life to its fullest, he escapes the role his family has set for him and embarks on a career as a photojournalist. He meets the legendary Martin Cummings who takes him under his wing and helps Paul navigate both physically and emotionally through the incessant chaos and carnage of conflict zones. As he tries to build a family life with his wife Shannon in New York but struggles to find the balance between the two worlds; for the quality that makes him valuable in one world is exactly that which makes him inoperable in the other, and Paul must decide in which he wants to live.
We follow Paul’s 18-year career from Panama in 1989, through the Balkans in the 90′s, to Chechnya, Liberia and finally Afghanistan. As Paul’s work garners awards and he becomes a legend in his own right, the schizophrenic life between conflict zones and civil society leads to his spiritual and emotional degradation.
Through Paul’s story we not only experience how conflict and the way we document it has changed, but also how one man struggles to find balance, value, and meaning in his life.