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"Lionfish, The Beautiful Outlaw" a Big Hit at Chicago Film Festival - February 20, 2011

CHICAGO - Paul Cater Deaton's highly anticipated Lionfish, The Beautiful Outlaw was a smash hit at Chicago's prestigious Our World - Underwater 2011 Film Festival. The documentary examines the Indo-Pacific Pterios volitans as an invasive species in the western Atlantic, and the many responses to it.

Screening at a separate, long-form seminar earlier in the day, the film was declared a resounding success and sparked a lively round of discussion. The invasion of the lionfish into the western Atlantic, including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, is a hot-button issue. Deaton's treatment of the many sides of the controversy was hailed as objective and insightful.

The film combines breathtaking footage from topside and underwater in destinations all over the world. Filming locations included Key West, Corpus Christi, Bonaire, Las Vegas, the Virgin Islands, Belize, the Solomon Islands, the Philippines and the Egyptian Red Sea. Interviews were conducted with a multitude of SCUBA professionals and marine scientists, including Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, scientist in residence for National Geographic.

Lionfish, The Beautiful Outlaw has also been selected for screening at Boston Sea Rovers, in Danvers, MA, on 5 March, ( and Beneath the Sea, in Secaucus, NJ, on 26 March (

Deaton Tapped for "Mission-Blue" - April 7, 2010

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - Two of Paul's "Coral Triangle" productions for Ocean in Google Earth were selected for inclusion in "Hope Spots" for Dr. Sylvia Earle's Mission-Blue. Its purpose is to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas, or "Hope Spots," large enough to save and restore the ocean, the blue heart of the planet. Visit

PCD "Fixes" Aadvantage Milestones - April 7, 2010

DALLAS, TX - Paul Cater Deaton had the honor to serve as fixer and associate producer on recently released Caribbean segments for "American Airlines Aadvantage Milestones." These creations can be seen at Paul also filmed the underwater sequences. His intimate knowledge of the eastern Caribbean rim made him perfectly suited as associate producer/fixer. He arranged locations and support personnel, and acted as liaison to film commissions on Tortola and Dominica. The Caribbean creations were produced and directed by Tracy Helms, of Unleaded Productions, in Dallas. Jen Helms was UPM, and David Fisher was the DP. The team filmed in the US and British Virgin Islands, and on the island of Dominica.

Deaton Featured at Our World - Underwater Film Festival - February 20, 2010

CHICAGO - Paul shared the stage at the Our World - Underwater Film Festival with such industry titans as Wes Skiles, Howard & Michele Hall, and his old friend, Stan Waterman. His Dumaguete 5X5 from the 2009 Philippines Expedition was very well received. Immediately following the Film Festival, he was lead vocalist for The Wetsuits, the world's first Rock & Roll band comprising only underwater photographers and filmmakers. The "Wet-ettes" backup singers included Women Divers Hall of Famers Nancy McGee, Joan Forsberg, Annie Crawley and Michele Hall.

"Ocean in Google Earth" Features New PCD Content - October 19, 2009

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - Two of Paul's productions from the recent Philippines expedition have just gone live on Ocean in Google Earth. "It Takes a Village to Save a Reef" and "'Wild Reef' at Shedd Aquarium Inspired by Apo Island" are companion pieces about coral reef conservation in the Philippines, and telling taht story through a remarkable exhibit at Chicago's John G. Shedd Aquarium. See the locator pearls on Apo Island, in the Philippines, and the Shedd Aquarium.

Philippines Expedition 2009 - June 8, 2009

Manila - Paul Cater Deaton has returned from a highly productive two-week shoot in the southern Philippines. It was his second expedition to southeast Asia. He and Monica Gephart joined legendary filmmaker Stan Waterman and famed underwater photographer Lynn Funkhouser on Negros Orientales to film the reefs of Dumaguete, and the islands of Apo and Siquijor. They also shot sequences in Manila, Tokyo and Chicago. Footage from this expedition will become part of Paul's continuing coverage of the Coral Triangle for "Ocean in Google Earth." It will also be the basis of the next underwater film in his "One World - One Dude" series.

PCD Begins "Coral Triangle" Series for Ocean in Google Earth - May 6, 2009

Mountain View, CA - The Coral Triangle - A Fragile Treasure by Paul Cater Deaton recently went live on Ocean in Google Earth! Find the Locator Pearl in the Ceram Sea, east of Papua/New Guinea. This 60-second piece is the first of a series Paul is producing for Google Earth. Upcoming productions will include glimpses of undersea creatures, animal behaviors, and exploration of some of the most lush, pristine coral reefs on the planet.

Ocean in Google Earth - February 2, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - The newest version of Google Earth includes video content by Paul Cater Deaton. He contributed several video compositions to the “Explore the Ocean” layer of Ocean in Google Earth. A key component of Google Earth 5.0, this feature enables users to dive beneath the surface of the sea and explore the world's oceans. Google Earth 5.0 was launched at the California Academy of Sciences, in San Francisco. Speaking at the event were Google CEO Eric Schmidt; The Honorable Al Gore; John Hanke, Director, Google Earth and Maps; Sylvia Earle, Explorer-in-residence, National Geographic; Terry Garcia, Executive Vice President for Mission Programs, National Geographic Society; and Singer/Songwriter, Jimmy Buffett.

Deaton’s Red Sea Shipwrecks and Ras Mohammed National Park in the Egyptian Red Sea outline reef conservation and sustainability efforts in the waters off Egypt. Pelagic Tunicates Roam the World's Oceans is set in the Western Indian Ocean, and Nudibranchs - Colorful and Fascinating focuses on the Great Barrier Reef. Ocean in Google Earth comes closer to his Caribbean home with Deaton's Invasion of the Lionfish and Protecting the Reefs of Bonaire, set in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea.

A multiple award-winning writer, producer, director and cinematographer, Deaton lives on St. Thomas and travels the world on filming expeditions. Shooting on six continents over a career spanning 31 years, Deaton has spent thousands of hours underwater in many of the world's oceans and seas. His insights bring a unique perspective to Ocean in Google Earth. Deaton was one of the first independent filmmakers approached to provide content for Ocean in Google Earth. His work joins that of National Geographic, the BBC, Cousteau Society, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other entities devoted to global oceans.

“It has been a genuine honor to be involved in this project,” says Deaton, “and I have been asked to play a continuing role in future versions.” Ocean in Google Earth was conceptualized by world-renowned marine scientist, Dr. Sylvia Earle, and the creators of Google Earth. When invited to participate in the initiative, Deaton leapt at the opportunity. “Dr. Earle personifies marine discovery and conservation,” Deaton said. “Sylvia Earle and her colleagues are the platinum standard, and working alongside such titans is an unparalleled opportunity.”

Shooting on St. Croix - January 27, 2009

CHRISTIANSTED, ST. CROIX - Paul is currently spending a lot of time on St. Croix (the "Big Island" of the Virgin Islands), filming scenes for The Beer-Drinking Pigs of St. Croix. This film will premiere on 8 March at the prestigious Boston Sea Rovers show. At the same time, he is producing a documentary on the suppression of a subterranean fire at the Anguilla landfill there. Firefighters from Texas are working closely with heavy machinery operators from St. Croix to extinguish the fire, which has been burning for several years. More news on both these films as things develop! We want to give "big ups" to Senator Shawn-Michael Malone (Virgin Islands Legislature), Jimez "Boogie" Ashby (A-9 Trucking), Ed Buckley (St. Croix Ultimate Blue Water Adventures) and Hotel Caravelle for their participation in these productions.

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