Gabriel Francis Paz Goodenough
Director, The Body Politic
Gabriel Francis Paz Goodenough is a proud third-generation resident of Baltimore, Maryland. He is passionate about crafting documentaries that challenge conventional narratives about people from places like his hometown. He began his career as a camera assistant on projects such as A Beautiful Mind, The Sporanos, and The Wire. He served as a camera operator on the HBO series K Street and has been a cinematographer on documentaries for PBS, Netflix, and HBO. In 2017 he co-produced the Mexican/USA co-production of the documentary Agave: The Spirit of a Nation (SXSW, 2018). From 2018-19 he worked in the Philippines photographing and co-producing Ramona Diaz’s Emmy Award-Winning documentary A Thousand Cuts. After returning from the Philippines, Gabriel was diagnosed with bone cancer. Treatment for the disease has left him partially disabled and without full mobility in his right leg. Unable to return to his previous career as a full-time vérité cameraperson, he has kept his passion for documentaries alive by shifting his focus to directing. The Body Politic represents his first time as a feature documentary director. Gabriel is a USC School of Cinematic Arts graduate, a Katherine Davis Fellow For Peace, and a Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Grantee.