Art Paul of Playboy: The Man Behind the Bunny


Sequoia 2 Fri, Oct 5, 2018 9:00 PM
Rafael 3 Sat, Oct 6, 2018 5:00 PM
Sequoia 1 Tue, Oct 9, 2018 12:00 PM
Film Info
Category:Mind the Gap
Section:Valley of the Docs
Running Time:73 min.
Premiere Status:World
Director:Jennifer Hou Kwong (Jian Ping)
Producer:Jamie Ceaser
Screenwriter:Jamie Ceaser
Jennifer Hou Kwong (Jian Ping)
Cinematographer:Paul Chen
Editor:Brent Hannigan
Cast:Art Paul
Hugh Hefner
Christie Hefner
George Lois
Steven Heller
Brand Holland
Print Source:MoraQuest Media
Note Writer:Jesse Knight


For its first 30 years of publication, Playboy magazine’s eye-popping design and illustrations were the work of Art Paul, the graphic artist and trendsetter whose sketch of the iconic tuxedoed bunny came to define the brand. As Playboy’s founding art director, Paul’s visionary ideas and dedication to creative freedom were radical in the conservative 1950s, mixing fine art and pop art, and even experimenting with interactive graphics. Prolific in multiple art forms until his passing in 2018 at age 93, Paul was a renaissance man who, at the height of his influence, commissioned works from the likes of Andy Warhol and Salvador Dalí. Director Jian Ping’s exuberant and heartfelt documentary peels back the curtain on the unsung innovator and visual architect of a national institution, whose creative contributions not only elevated the magazine’s caliber and reputation but helped usher in a new cultural revolution.

Expected guests: Director/Writer Jennifer Hou Kwong; Exec. Producer Ellis Goodman (All Screenings)

Sponsored By:

Additional Information

Jennifer Hou Kwong (aka Jian Ping) was an associate producer of Mulberry Child (2011), an award-winning feature-length documentary film based on her book of the same name. She also produced and directed Cultural Ambassador, a short documentary. She worked in the film industry in China for four years before coming to the US and has a master's degree in film from Ohio University. Art Paul of Playboy: The Man Behind the Bunny is her feature documentary directorial debut.