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"It takes some people a lifetime to achieve what award-winning producer Ethan Paisley has done in just 19 years..."
James Prestidge, Editor-in-Chief at Closeup Culture Magazine
Ethan Paisley, the 19-year-old multidisciplinary artist, producer, entrepreneur, and social justice advocate, is "a force to be reckoned with" (360 Magazine) who is recognized globally for his films, campaigns, and inspirational talks. Paisley's work has won over 30 awards, including Best Director at the Young Entertainer Awards, Best Young Filmmaker at the Los Angeles Film Awards, and Best Overall Film at the Singapore International Film Festival. He has spoken at TED, Cannes Lions, and Variety's Digital Hollywood. Essex TV in the UK named him "Hollywood's Next It-Boy" in 2018.
Paisley started out in the San Francisco Bay Area as a performer, garnering local fame for his self-titled YouTube series he acted in and produced. As a freshman in high school, he took off with his first feature film The Art of Escape (2015) which signed a distribution deal with Intellect Pictures [UK] after winning Best Overall Film at the Singapore International Film Festival.
His success inspired his multi-award winning production company Take18 Entertainment, which has since produced over 15 shorts, four commercials, and a feature film titled Point 453 (2017). Point 453 premiered at the 70th Cannes Film Festival and was distributed by Adler and Associates Entertainment [US]. The momentum of his second feature caught the attention of Elysium Bandini Studios who hired him to produce The Fringe Class (2018) alongside executive producers Jennifer Howell and James Franco.
Paisley's success as a filmmaker landed him speaker gigs at conferences such as TEDxSonoma and the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity in 2017 and 2018. These talks led to brand deals and media sponsorships with companies such as DVD Netflix, Occhi Magazine, and Your Film Review that helped Paisley become an influencer for youth in media.
"Ethan is one of those rare teenagers already creating films from every aspect of the business. He is a natural formula for a life long pursuit of artistry."
Tom Franco, Producer/Actor
Photo by KC Armstrong 2019
Right out of high school he began working with production company PaperChase Films, whose feature film Skin recently got North American distribution rights with A24 and DirecTV.
In 2019, he founded Paisley Creative Co, a PR firm focused on growing talent, brands, and creative projects using a millennial spin on traditional digital marketing strategy.
Paisley is currently attached as an executive producer on a number of projects in pre-production, most recentlyTurn Out which will begin shooting in 2020 with an all-star team including acclaimed director Indrani.