Paul Yates

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Paul Yates (a.k.a. Paul Francis Sanchez Yates) is an American filmmaker, artist, and musician.

Paul Yates has worked in the film industry since he was nine. Despite losing his family and becoming homeless at 15 Yates has made music videos or shot footage for Moby, R.E.M., The Dandy Warhols and others. Yates attended NYU for photography, received a BFA in film from SUNY Purchase in 1993 and received his M.F.A. in directing from AFI Conservatory in 2006. Yates has had films in festivals all over the world from Berlin to Havana, Singapore to Tribeca. Yates was the DP on the feature documentary Modulations which was a Sundance Film Festival hit. Yates's first directed feature, Moby Presents: Alien Sex Party (executive produced by Moby) was released in 2003.[1] Yates's AFI Thesis film Onion Underwater was a 2007 Tribeca Film Festival selection.[2] Yates's German pop star alter ego Schaumgummi has had several pop hits in Germany. Yates was Moby's keyboardist during his live shows during the 1990s.[3] Yates has performed at Woodstock 1999 and the Late Show with David Letterman. He did an extensive shadowing of the writers and director for the TV series Battlestar Galactica. His screenplay Let's Not and Say We Did is considered by the AFI to be one of the top three ever to be written in the conservatory. He is also an accomplished photobooth artist and was a pilot for the Red Bull Flugtag event in New York City in 2003.[4][5]


Year Title Notes
1987 Geranium[6]
1990–2012 Moon Men Onion (unfinished)
1990 I Am Curious Onion
1991 My Father's Son
1994 Space Water Onion[7]
1997 The Leaf Blower (underwater photographer and actor)
1998 Modulations
2003 Moby Presents: Alien Sex Party AKA Porno
2006 Onion Underwater
2010 The People vs. George Lucas as himself

Television series[edit]

Willy Nilly


Paul Yates is a self-proclaimed surrealist [8][9] specializing in photobooth art,[10] but not limited to this form.[11] He founded the International Surrealist Film Festival in Stamford, CT in 1990.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Article on Alien Sex Party release
  2. ^ [1] Onion Underwater at Tribeca Film Fest
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  4. ^ Article on Paul Yates, Photobooth art, and the Boston police
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  7. ^ Moby score listing for Space Water Onion
  8. ^ The International Surrealist Film Festival
  9. ^ International Surrealist Film Festival call for entries
  10. ^ #1 ranking for 2003 Photobooth Photos
  11. ^ Paul Yates auctions Moby's soul on Ebay