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The Paper Store is a 2016 drama film directed by Nicholas Gray, and written by Gray and Katharine Clark Gray, adapted from the latter's play 516. The film is produced by Jonathan Gray, John Grossman (NYPS), and casting director Bonnie Timmermann and stars Stef Dawson, Penn Badgley, and Richard Kind.

The Paper Store
The Paper Store poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byNicholas Gray
Produced byJonathan Gray
John Grossman
Bonnie Timmermann
Screenplay byNicholas Gray
Katharine Clark Gray
Based on516
by Katharine Clark Gray
StarringStef Dawson
Penn Badgley
Richard Kind
Music byCarl Cheeseman
CinematographyRichard Sands
Edited byAriel Roubinov
Actium Pictures
Bonnie Timmermann Productions
Front Wheel Productions
Uncompromised Creative
Release date
  • February 26, 2016 (2016-02-26) (Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States



A revenge tale about a former college student who forges essays for money, the grad student who becomes her lover, and the professor who discovers their scheme.[1]



The Paper Store is a film adaptation of Katharine Clark Gray's play 516 (five-sixteen), workshopped at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2007,[2] with four out of five stars on Time Out (magazine).[3] 516 received its first professional debut through Philadelphia Theater Workshop in 2010, culminating in plans to adapt the play into a film shortly thereafter.

Katharine and her husband, Nicholas Gray, were producing partners at A Chip & A Chair Films (If You Could Say It In Words) for eight years before branching off to create Uncompromised Creative. The company partnered with producers Jonathan Gray, Bonnie Timmermann, John Grossman, executive producer Bruce Meyerson, and co-executive producers Actium Pictures and Matthew Bronson, to make The Paper Store, Uncompromised Creative's feature debut.[1]

Filming took place in New York City and Syracuse, NY.


Exclusive video-on-demand rights in the U.S. and U.K. were licensed by Flix Premiere. The film was released on June 9, 2017 (US) and June 17, 2017 (UK). On July 24, 2018 the movie became widely available via Amazon and iTunes on V.O.D., with DVD release to follow on October 9, 2018.


  • Named Best Drama of 2016 by the LA Film Review.[4] The review called the script "expertly adapted" from its source material, and declared that the film "gives us a world that is far from black and white — one where it’s really easy to claim high standards, while simultaneously betraying them with the most plausible of explanations."[5]
  • The Manchester Evening News named The Paper Store as one of the "six best films you have to see" of the Manchester Film Festival,[6] and FranklyMyDear UK described it as "the ultimate tale of romance and revenge set in academia."[7]
  • The Film Stage said that "few narrative films have touched on [the rising cost of higher education] so pointedly or deftly as The Paper Store".[8]





  • The interiors of all three leads' homes were shot on the re-decorated apartment sets from Broad City (2014).[14]
  • Shortly after filming The Paper Store, Richard Kind and Stef Dawson costarred again in The Lennon Report.


  1. ^ a b "The Paper Store Movie".
  2. ^ "516 (five sixteen)".
  3. ^ "Time Out New York's Fringe Binge".
  4. ^ "2016 LAFR Award Winners". LOS ANGELES FILM REVIEW. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  5. ^ Grey, Linn (May 25, 2016). "Review - The Paper Store". Los Angeles Film Review.
  6. ^ "Manchester Film Festival 2016: Six of the Best Films You Have To See".
  7. ^ "Film Review: The Paper Store - #MANIFF2016".
  8. ^ "[Review] The Paper Store". 2016-10-03. Retrieved 2016-10-04.
  9. ^ "Manhattan Film Festival - Awards selections". April 25, 2016.
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  11. ^ "Ft. Worth Indie Film Showcase 2016 Selections - T". Ft. Worth Indie Film Showcase. May 22, 2016.
  12. ^ "Paper Store Movie on Twitter". Retrieved 2016-07-21.
  13. ^ "Paper Store Movie on Twitter". Retrieved 2016-07-21.
  14. ^ "The Paper Store trivia on". 2014.

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