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The Life We Learn With

"The Life We Learn with", a narrative documentary of the filmmaker's own true story about the production of his senior class film project at Keene State College in 1984. Taken under the wing of his mentor Bob Gunther, along with his cast and crew of fellow film students, he learns the intricate details involved in making a short film. It is also a coming of age story as he experiences the joys and heartaches of falling in love for the first time.

  • Daniel Paul
  • Daniel Paul
  • Daniel Paul
  • Suzanne E. George
    Creative Consultant
  • John P. Sullivan
    Creative Consultant
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 19 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 10, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Monadnock International Film Festival
    Keene, New Hampshire
    United States
    September 23, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Serbest International Film Festival
    Moldova, Republic of
    September 5, 2022
Director Biography - Daniel Paul

Daniel Paul, an independent filmmaker, and a New Hampshire native, began making super 8 films in the early 1970's. He went on to study film production and film theory at Keene State College and was one of the very first film students at Keene State. He has gone on to make a number short, dramatic films, including the award winning short film "Hangover" (1981), documentaries, TV commercials and industrial films.

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Director Statement

"The Life We Learn With" is my own coming of age story. Little did I realize in the late winter of 1984, that the production of my fourth film project at Keene State College, "Just You and Me", would turn out to be a life changing experience. Working under the hands-on guidance of my friend and mentor Robert Gunther, and falling in love for the first time with my friend, and the female lead in my film, Lovel Richardson, elevated this little film project to one of the most memorable experiences of my life. I hope you enjoy "The Life We Learn With", a narrative documentary that tells the story of a young student filmmaker who for the first time in his life was able to touch his dreams.