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Paul Cowan is a Canadian filmmaker who has spent the bulk of his career with the National Film Board of Canada.[1]

Cowan was nominated for an Academy Award for Documentary Feature for Going the Distance, a documentary about the 1978 Commonwealth Games. He was the director of the controversial docudrama The Kid Who Couldn't Miss[1] and cinematographer on the Oscar-winning Flamenco at 5:15.

He is the winner of a Genie Award for his documentary Westray, on the Westray Mine disaster.[2] He retired from the NFB in 2009, after directing a film adaptation of Margaret MacMillan's Peacemakers: The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 and Its Attempt to End War.

A resident of Westmount, Quebec, Cowan is married to CBC radio personality Katie Malloch.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Alioff, Maurie (2002-05-01). "Paul Cowan's inquisitive eye". Take One (Wyndham Wise). Retrieved 2009-05-13.  
  2. ^ Loreto, Frank (2002-03-15). "Westray (review)". Canadian Materials (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba) VIII (14).  

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