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Niagara Falls Culinary Institute
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Niagara Falls, NY 14303
2018 Distinguished Alumnus
Paul Lamont • Class of 1986
Inducted October 20, 2018
Mr. Paul Lamont graduated from Niagara County Community College in 1986 receiving his Associates Degree in Communications and Media Art. After graduation, Paul began working at the College as part of the in-house media center. His focus was on producing catalogs, brochures, photography, video, and more for the College. He also worked on the production of the College’s cable TV show “N-Triple-Scene”.
While working at NCCC, Paul collaborated on some film projects including two documentaries that aired on PBS stations across the country. In 1989, Paul left NCCC and began working as a Producer, Writer, and Editor for Daybreak Television Productions where he quickly distinguished himself producing the Emmy-nominated historical documentary Enduring Faith.
In 2001, Paul started working for WNED-TV as a Producer and Director. During his ten years at WNED, Paul produced films for national and regional PBS broadcast including Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buffalo, Elbert Hubbard: An American Original, and Glorious Battle: The Siege of Fort Erie.
In 2011, Paul founded his own production company, Toward Castle Films, based in Lockport, NY. In addition to national PBS broadcasts, Paul’s films have been screened around the country at such renowned institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, the Flirt Cultural Center, the Paley Center for Media in both New York City and Los Angeles, and more. In 2017, Toward Castle Films released Lake of Betrayal that tells the story of the Kinzua Dam and how it became a flashpoint in history for the Seneca Nation of Indians. Currently, he is working on a feature-length documentary, The Song Poet, which offers a look into the mind, soul, and creative process of singer-songwriter Eric Andersen.
With a distinguished career as a documentary filmmaker, Paul has been nominated for national Emmy Awards and New York State Emmy Awards, recognized with CINE Golden Eagle Awards, Gabriel Awards, Proclaim Awards, Telly and Communicator Awards, and awards from a variety of different film festivals.
Paul has never forgotten where he got his start though and continues to give back to the College. Since 1998, he has participated as a judge at the NCCC Film & Animation Film Festival. Paul is honored by the success that he has achieved and attributes it to his education from NCCC.