Paula DuPré Pesmen worked for more than 16 years as an Associate Producer for filmmaker Chris Columbus and 1492 Pictures. During that time, she was a part of many successful feature film projects including Rent, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Bicentennial Man, Stepmom, Jingle All The Way, Nine Months, Mrs. Doubtfire, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
DuPre’ Pesmen began working in 2005 as a documentary producer with Oceanic Preservation Society in her hometown of Boulder with director Louie Psihoyos to bring his vision to the screen for the Academy Award® winning The Cove. The film premiered at Sundance and later went on to win awards at dozens of film festivals world-wide. For The Cove, she was also honored with the Producer of the Year 2010 award by the Producer’s Guild of America.
Since 2009, DuPre’ Pesmen has been producing the documentary Chasing Ice with director Jeff Orlowski, bringing the beautiful and haunting images to the screen through the work of National Geographic photographer, James Balog.
In 2005, DuPre’ Pesmen conceived and founded a non-profit, There With Care, which supports families facing the critical illness of their children. She was inspired by a program she started with director Chris Columbus during work on the first three Harry Potter Films, where over 65 families whose children wished to see the filming, visited the films’ sets. There With Care has served thousands in its seven years of existence.
In June, 2011, DuPre’ Pesmen named a Local Hero by Oprah Winfrey’s O’ Magazine and the organization was awarded the E-‐Cheivment Award by NPR’s E-Town Radio as well as the local honors The Pace Setter Award and Boulder Magazine’s REAL Award for Organization of the Year. In February of 2012, There With Care opened the new chapter of the non-‐profit serving patients in the Northern California region.
Paula lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband, author Curtis Pesmen and their two sons.