Producer-Director Paul E. Hunt Dies at 67

He headed several production companies and worked with Orson Welles during his long career.

Paul E. Hunt, a film executive, director and jack of all trades who worked with Orson Welles during his decades-long career on the fringes of Hollywood, died Sept. 13 of a heart attack in Redondo Beach, Calif. He was 67.

Hunt’s company, Canyon Films, distributed underground films in the early 1970s, and he also ran Pacific International Pictures, Filmmakers International Releasing and, most recently, United Filmmakers, the latter two companies with Sandy Horowitz.

Often using the pseudonym H.P. Edwards, Hunt began making films in the mid-’60s starting with the low-budget The Psychedelics (1966), on which he served as director and cinematographer. His resume also includes Blow the Man Down (1968), The Harem Bunch (1968), The Toy Box (1971), Woman in the Rain (1976), Twisted Nightmare (1987) and Merlin (1993).

Hunt also wrote, edited, did sound work, designed sets and worked as a gaffer during his career. The first film he produced in his own name was Surfari (1967), a surfing docudrama starring Ricky Grigg.

Hunt did a multitude of jobs for Welles on such films as the director’s unfinished The Other Side of the Wind (1972) and the documentary Verites et mensonges (1973).