Paul Kowalski On His Psychological Drama Feature Paper Tiger [Exclusive Interview]

Paper Tiger

Gravitas Ventures’ Paper Tiger is now available on VOD. This film by Paul Kowalski first premiered at Austin Film Festival in 2020, winning the audience award and a jury mention. This film makes me think of the phrase “ don’t judge a book by its cover”. Or in this case by its logline. While this is an important plot point in the film, it has so much more to offer. 

It’s at its core a story about the immigration experience of one family. Paper Tiger takes a look at a mother and son that have to cope with the loss of their husband/father. If that weren’t challenging enough both Lily, played by Lydia Look, and Edward, played by Alan Trong, are dealing with very different health issues. What makes this film so interesting to me is that all of these issues even combined seemed very realistic. Which also makes it so tragic.

Paper Tiger

Here is the synopsis for Gravitas Ventures’ Paper Tiger

An immigrant mother fears her mentally ill teenaged son is turning into a school shooter.


Paper Tiger is now available on VOD. LRM Online’s Emmanuel Gomez has the opportunity to talk with Paul Kowalski. He is the writer and director of the film. He was recently named by Austin Film Festival as one of the “screenwriters to watch” in 2021. During our conversation, we talk about his vision and inspiration for Paper Tiger. He tells us about his experience in working with Lydia Look and Alan Trong as his leads. It was interesting to hear him talk about how he used them both as “dueling” protagonists. It was a great conversation that you can check out down below!

Be sure to check out Paper Tiger now available on VOD.


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