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Paul Blavin For Good

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Good Guy

By Riki Altman-Yee

Photography by Kimberly Genevieve

09.21.17

Now spotlighting benevolence on the big screen, former Scottsdale resident Paul Blavin is an altruist in his own right.

PAUL BLAVIN'S FORMER Scottsdale neighbors might be surprised to learn the man who once worked on Wall Street, earned his MBA at Harvard and became a hedge fund manager now produces award-winning Hollywood films. It all began in 2002 when he joined the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation (“I felt it was God’s will—not mine,” he says. “I just always wanted to get involved in areas with the most need.”) Five years later, he and his wife, Amy, established Blavin Scholars Program for foster kids in college, which, today, supports 50 young men and women annually. Soon after moving to Los Angeles in 2012, the couple co-founded Freehab, a free residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in California for young women. Yet, all the while, Blavin says he was becoming “disenchanted with the way the media presented the world,” so in 2013, he established For Good, an L.A.-based company focused on creating impact through film, video and music. One of the projects, a documentary about American college campus rapes called The Hunting Ground, won an Emmy. Lady Gaga’s contribution to the film, “Til It Happens to You,” was nominated for a Grammy, Emmy and Oscar. “As executive producer, I can provide funds,” he explains, “but I’ve taken it in a different direction. My niche is shining the brightest light possible on a project.” Blavin’s latest luminary is Charles Mutua Mully, a Kenyan who began life as an orphan but later “fathered” more than 12,000 abandoned children. Mully, For Good’s film based on his life, will be shown as a limited engagement around America from Oct. 3 to 5, with a portion of all ticket sales going to help foster kids in America. “What spoke to me was the power of life transformation,” Blavin says. “We all have incredible inner power, and it’s ready to be unleashed. Oftentimes, people need somebody to hold a mirror up.”