Paul Sirmons is an independent filmmaker with a career covering 36 years as a producer, director, production manager and assistant director. He served as Florida’s Commissioner of Film and Entertainment from 2005 to 2008, appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush, growing Florida’s film and digital media industry dramatically. Sirmons most recently produced TE ATA, a dramatic Native American movie about the life of the legendary Chickasaw storyteller Te Ata. He was the Line Producer on HOME RUN (starring Scott Elrod) in Oklahoma, as well as LETTERS TO GOD (starring Jeffrey Johnson & Robyn Lively) and TO WRITE LOVE ON HER ARMS (starring Kat Dennings, Chad Michael Murray & Rupert Friend.) He directed and produced the family movie THE FIRST OF MAY (starring Julie Harris, Mickey Rooney, Dan Byrd, & baseball legend Joe DiMaggio.) He produced THE WAY BACK HOME (starring Ruby Dee & Julie Harris) and SMALL TOWN CONSPIRACY (starring Zen Gesner & Jeannetta Arnette). He worked on many popular TV series as a DGA Assistant Director, including QUANTUM LEAP, FALCON CREST, SEAQUEST, and the family classic, THE WALTONS. A graduate of the University of Florida, he is married to Sherry Sirmons, a production accountant. They have four sons and four grandchildren. Sirmons is co-chair of Film Florida’s legislative committee, and serves on the Advisory Boards of 3 Florida college film programs.