Paul Willistein

Program Host

Paul Willistein is Editor of the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section, a position he has held for 10 years. He has received more than one dozen Keystone state journalism awards and an Allentown Arts Commission Arts Ovation Award. He reviews movies and theater and writes features stories about arts and entertainment, news stories about municipal and school topics and takes photographs for Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites.

He has taught screenwriting and media studies at Northampton Community College. He was marketing and public relations director at The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. For 22 years, he worked at The Morning Call, where he was Features Editor, Arts Editor and Entertainment Editor. He worked for the former Bethlehem Globe-Times as Arts Editor, Night Editor and News Reporter. He studied American Studies and film-making at Syracuse University and attended Southern Lehigh High School.

He has written, directed and produced documentary films, some of which have been telecast on public television stations, and narrative fiction films, some of which have been shown in film festivals. He was host and producer of “Hot Splices,” a movie review-interview show; producer and co-host with Michael Gontkosky of ”The Movie Show,” a movie review show, and “Valley Arts,” a Lehigh Valley arts interview show, all telecast on RCN. He is a songwriter, having co-written “Do The Dutch (Hey Now)” with Steve Brosky and Mike Krisukas.

“Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain” is an intense, inspiring yet tragic look at the celebrity chef and TV show personality. “Roadrunner” director Morgan Neville (Oscar recipient for the documentary “20 Feet from Stardom”) creates a lasting impression of the culinary legend. Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews the documentary film.

The pandemic-delayed Black Widow is the 24th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Scarlett Johansson stars with Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz, who team up to do battle in the latest MCU installment. Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews the action-adventure film.

Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) is the documentary feature film directorial debut of Ahmir Thompson, better-known as Questlove and leader of The Roots, the house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

“F9: The Fast Saga” is fast and furious, true to the title of the original, “The Fast and Furious” (2001). “F9,” ninth in the series, again stars Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez with a cast of supporting actors that includes John Cena, Charlize Theron, Tyrese Gibson, and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges. Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews the action-adventure film.

"The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard" is a sequel to the hit 2017 movie, "The Hitman's Bodyguard." Returning is a great cast including Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, and Salma Hayek, plus joining the fun and mayhem are Morgan Freeman and Antonio Banderas. Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews the action-comedy film.

“In the Heights” is an exuberant, feel-good, and pertinent movie musical directed by Jon M. Chu (director, “Crazy Rich Asians”) based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton”). Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews the musical-drama.

The reigning movie box-office couple, star Emily Blunt and her husband, director John Krasinski, combine forces again in "A Quiet Place Part II." Get ready to jump in your theater seat. Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews the science fiction horror film.

It's the battle of the Emmas in “Cruella.” Emma Stone as aspiring fashion designer Cruella faces off against Emma Thompson as fashion house couturier Baroness von Hellman. The live-action film is a prequel based on the characters of Disney’s 1961 animation feature film classic, “One Hundred and One Dalmatians” and two live-action versions. Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews the comedy.

"Dream Horse" tells the inspiring true story of Dream Alliance, an unlikely racehorse bred by a small-town bartender, Jan Vokes (Toni Collette) who believes the horse will become a beacon of hope for a struggling community. Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews the drama-comedy-sports film.

Angelina Jolie returns to the action movie genre with "Those Who Wish Me Dead," in which she portrays a Montana firefighter who must save a teenage murder witness pursued by twin assassins. Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews the thriller.