Paula Froehle is a film director, visual artist, educator and entrepreneur with over 30 years experience in film and education. As Founding Academic Dean of Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy, she developed an intensive, immersive degree program in Film & Broadcast Media, Recording Arts, Game Design & Interactive Media, VFX & Animation and Design & Visual Communication.
As a filmmaker she has directed 12 films and over 20 media projects. Her directing credits include her feature-length documentary, THE SHOW MUST GO ON, AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT OF THE FLYING WALLENDAS, which screened at numerous festivals and is distributed by MVD Entertainment Group. She is currently working on a documentary focused on an ex-con-turned-beekeeper.
As an entrepreneur she has been involved in the founding of several successful startups, including Opal Pictures design & film production company (2004-pres); Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy media arts college (as Founding Academic Dean, 2007-2014), and GoodPitch Chicago (2013 & 2015).
Steve is a Chicago-based attorney who is nationally recognized for his representation of whistleblowers. Since 2001, Steve's law firm, Cohen Law Group, has been representing private citizen whistleblowers who uncover fraud, waste and abuse of taxpayer-funded programs. He has prosecuted dozens of cases of fraud involving health care, government contracting, and federally insured financial institutions that have returned more than a half-billion dollars to states and federally funded programs.
Since 2009, Steve has broadened his involvement with impact documentaries and media. Steve has helped finance or co-executive produce dozens of award winning documentaries, both individually and as a member of Impact Partners, including HELL AND BACK AGAIN, FAMBUL TOK, WORDS OF WITNESS, THE ISLAND PRESIDENT, HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE, THE CRASH REEL, PANDORA’S PROMISE, INEQUALITY FOR ALL THE NEWBURGH STING, THE OVERNIGHTERS, DREAMCATCHER and THE HUNTING GROUND as well as three films that premiered at Sundance 2016: NOTES ON BLINDNESS, THE EAGLE HUNTRESS and AUDRIE & DAISY.
Steve is also a member of the Gamechanger film fund, whose mission is to finance and produce women-directed feature films. Gamechanger financed films include LAND HO!, THE INVITATION, FRESNO and LOVESONG, which premiered at Sundance 2016.