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Paperboy Love Prince Runs for Mayor

Paperboy Love Prince is a far cry from your typical New York City mayoral candidate. They can often be found in Washington Square Park standing on top of a bedazzled school bus rapping about social issues. When they announced their run for mayor, many laughed them off as a joke candidate.

However, as their campaign started to heat up, their viral tactics garnered momentum with write ups in Rolling Stone and a feature on The Trevor Noah Show. Can Paperboy act as a nexus between the people who wouldn’t ordinarily engage in politics and a platform that serves them?

  • Owen Dubeck
    Free to Care, The Urchin Diver
  • Owen Dubeck
    Free to Care, The Urchin Diver
  • Owen Dubeck
    Director of Photography
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  • Zach Ingrasci
    Executive Producer
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  • Chris Temple
    Executive Producer
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  • Jenna Kelly
    Executive Producer
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  • Ron Brodie
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Director Biography - Owen Dubeck

Born and raised in New York, Owen Dubeck is a documentary film director, specializing in telling stories that catalyze lasting social change. His mini-documentary series on local heroes has been viewed 30 million+ times across social media and been featured by GoFundMe, TEDMED, and Chipotle. As a freelance director and photographer, Owen has shot the cover of NY Times Magazine and worked with leading brands like Conservation International, Nikon, and many others.

Outside of filmmaking, Owen is a founding member of The Farmlink Project, a grassroots initiative that has provided over 50 million fresh meals to Americans struggling to put food on the table. The non-profit has been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and will continue to make a positive impact for years to come.

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Director Statement

I first met Paperboy in the beginning of the pandemic when we were both working to distribute nutritious meals to people who were suffering from food insecurity. I had founded The Farmlink Project, which was delivering surplus crops from farms to millions of Americans. At the same time, Paperboy was leading the community fridge movement in New York City, feeding tens of thousands of people each week. I noticed that Paperboy was reaching people that were either excluded or didn’t have easy access to established food banks, so we started delivering food to them. Fast forward a few months later, Paperboy announced their run for mayor and I set out to document their campaign. As they gained more and more momentum, it was clear that Paperboy was bringing a new perspective to New York’s political conversation.