Paul Cowan (filmmaker)
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 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. 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. He directed the 2012 documentary The Crash of Flight 810, part of TSN's Engraved on a Nation series of eight documentaries celebrating the 100th Grey Cup. It concerns the 1956 Trans-Canada Air Lines Flight 810 plane crash into Slesse Mountain in B.C. that killed all 62 people on board, including five football players returning from the annual East-West All-Star Game, and its impact on the players' families and Canadian football.
- Alioff, Maurie (2002-05-01). "Paul Cowan's inquisitive eye". Take One (Wyndham Wise). Retrieved 2009-05-13.
- Loreto, Frank (2002-03-15). "Westray (review)". Canadian Materials (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba) VIII (14).
- McNeil, Shane (November 2, 2012). "Engraved On a Nation: A Family United Through Tragedy". The Sports Network. Retrieved November 2, 2012.
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