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July 4, 2022

Can a story change the trajectory of your town? In his talk, John Paget reflects on decades of work creating films about cities and towns across America and reveals the surprising power of the civic story to build community, foster pride, and spark revitalization. John Paget has worked as a documentary filmmaker and commercial cinematographer since 1992.

He's directed several feature documentaries on iconic American topics, including:
"Route 66: An American Odyssey"
"Almost Elvis"
and "Alcatraz Reunion"

Originally from Olympia, Washington, John now lives in Buffalo, New York with his wife Robin.

He's made several celebrated short films about Buffalo that have captured and helped catalyze the city’s revitalization.

John is the founder and creative director at First and Main Films, a creative studio focused on stories about cities, towns and neighborhoods through films that foster pride, build community and spark imagination. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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