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Paul Schneider (Courtney Farlander) grew up in North Carolina and attended the N.C. School of the Arts’ School of Filmmaking. He began acting in school projects and graduated with a degree in Film Editing.
In 1999, he and a group of his film-school classmates began work on George Washington. The feature earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination, a New York Film Critics Circle award as Best First Film, and top honors at the Atlanta Film Festival, among others.
Mr. Schneider starred opposite Zooey Deschanel in David Gordon Green’s second feature, All the Real Girls, which won a Special Jury Prize at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.
His subsequent films as actor include Cameron Crowe’s Elizabethtown; Thomas Bezucha’s The Family Stone; Andrew Dominik’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford;Craig Gillespie’s Lars and the Real Girl; and Jane Campion’s Bright Star.
Mr. Schneider wrote and directed the feature Pretty Bird, which world-premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and which starred Paul Giamatti and Billy Crudup.
He currently stars on the NBC comedy series Parks and Recreation, with Amy Poehler.