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Jean-Paul Polo

Adjunct Instructor School of Communication

Jean-Paul has 10 years of filmmaking and producing experience. Throughout his career he has produced for network television, international theatrical distribution and social media/new media web-based platforms. As Sub-director of the Puerto Rico Film Commission he managed the Puerto Rico Film Fund to promote locally produced feature films, documentaries, short films and educational platforms to continue the growth of the Puerto Rico film industry. In 2006 he founded The Barefoot Film Company, which he still owns, in San Juan Puerto Rico. The company has produced 3 theatrically released feature films, various short films and documentaries and served as production service provider to companies like Sprint.

In 2011 he joined the National Geographic Society where he has held various production positions and also camera operated on web based series, TV pilot shows, and documentaries. He has also produced for the George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs' Planet Forward site, doing pieces on sustainable energy resources and recently producing and filming while embedded with a group of Archeologists in Northwest Kenya in the Koobi Fora formation.

Jean-Paul enjoys both fiction film-making and documentaries. He is passionate about environmental films in particular those related to the issues that adversely affect our oceans and also on films that deal with Latino issues. Currently he works for various clients through his production label, Creative Fish.


BA-International Affairs-Electronic Media/George Washington University 2003

MA-Film and Video Production/American University

JD-Juris Doctor/Interamerican University School of Law

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