Papercut Films makes things move
Papercut films is the California based production company for Chris Paine. Our projects include documentaries, features, and online content.
- Chris Paine - Writer/Director
- Jessie Deeter - Producer
- Megan McCartney - Development
- Shannon McMahon Lichte - Producer
Chris Paine's award winning documentary feature film Who Killed the Electric Car? premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006 before its worldwide release by Sony Pictures Classics. Three years in the making, the film's murder mystery spin on an almost unreported story captured public attention and stimulated substantive change in the industry.
Previously, Chris served as executive producer on FASTER, Mark Neale’s 2003 cult film (with narrator Ewan McGregor) about the world's fastest motorcycle race. The same team also made No Maps For These Territories about cyber-punk visionary William Gibson. No Maps featured U2’s Bono and was named Best Documentary by the Los Angeles New Times in 2001.
Chris directed segments for the MTV television series BUZZ and online content for Apple Computer. He began his LA career assisting writer/producer Michael Tolkin on the feature films The Player (1992), and The New Age (1994). His first producing effort Mailman (director Matthew Carnahan) premiered at Sundance in 1995. He also directed the WW2 memoirs Looking Back and Return to the Philippines.
Outside of media, Chris is an entrepreneur and environmentalist. His technology company Internet Outfitters went public in 1999 as part of AppNet/CommerceOne. His firm Mondo-tronics, (founded with his highschool friend Roger Gilbertson) provided materials for the Mars Pathfinder mission. Chris' activist work included campaigns to stop nuclear testing in Nevada, freeway expansions in California, and deforestation.
Chris studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse with Sanford Meisner, at Stanford with Jon Else, and at NYU's film school. He is a graduate of Colgate University.
Jessie Deeter is a veteran documentary filmmaker and journalist. She served as producer on Who Killed the Electric Car. She produced, reported, directed and shot "No More War," a 22-minute documentary that aired on PBS' FRONTLINE/World in May 2005. Reviewed positively in the New York Times, "No More War" was submitted for a DuPont award by FRONTLINE. The hour-long version of that documentary, "Keeping the Peace," aired on PBS' KQED in February, 2007 and had its festival premiere that month in Milan, Italy. Jessie field-produced "Afghanistan: Hell of a Nation," a 45- minute documentary on Afghanistan's Loya Jirga that aired on PBS' Wide Angle in September, 2004. In 2003, Jessie traveled to five countries to field produce a documentary for the Asia Foundation's 50th anniversary. Prior to that, Jessie worked as an associate producer for FRONTLINE/World and FRONTLINE's Modern Meat and Blackout documentaries. Her half-hour documentary, Some They Win, on Mexican workers at the racetrack, screened in several festivals around the country. Jessie has a Masters of Journalism and International and Area Studies, Middle East focus, from UC Berkeley.
Most recently, Jessie produced two pieces on modern American Muslim dating and youth camp for Al Jazeera's English channel and has produced three children in the past two years.
Megan McCartney is currently collaborating on the development of several media projects for Papercut Films. Previously she co- directed “Looking Back” with Chris Paine, a feature length documentary. Megan has contributed to over 100 theatrical productions as an actor, co-producer, and designer of props, costumes and sets. In business, she managed the bookkeeping and HR departments for Internet Outfitters (later AppNet/Commerce One LA). She continues to consult as a professional organizer and bookkeeper. She holds a BA in Design and an MA in Psychology.
Shannon is developing "Sick Days" for Papercut Films and serves as producing partner at GADA Films. Her first feature as producer, "Our Very Own," premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and received a 2006 Independent Spirit Award nomination. Miramax acquired "Our Very Own" in 2006 . The film is currently in DVD release. In Los Angeles, Shannon has worked in development for Ottie Inc. (Allison Janney) and Fortis Films (Sandra Bullock). Previously she assisted director Phil Joanou on the films "Final Analysis" and "Wild Palms." She began her Los Angeles production development career with assignments at the Patchett Kaufman Entertainment on the NBC series "Working Girl," the William Morris Agency for agent Bobbi Thompson and Madonna's Maverick Productions.
In New York, Shannon was Co-Artistic Director of The Red Earth Ensemble and directed the world premiere of Adelaide McKenzie's play “The Distance of You." She also helmed the LA premiere of Matthew Carnahan's play, “Velvet Elvis." McMahon Lichte's book, “Irish Wedding Traditions,” (Hyperion Books) is now in it's 3rd printing. Shannon is a graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre.