He is the co-creative director and programmer for the True/False Film Fest (Columbia, Missouri, USA) which seeks to re-imagine reality through creative nonfiction.
He is also the former programmer for Ragtag Cinema, an independent arthouse. Sturtz co-founded the Ragtag Film Society in 1998 andTrue/False in 2004.
He co-directed the short film Dear Valued Guests with Jarred Alterman about the last days of the Regency Downtown Hotel. Additionally he’s made forays into non-film related ventures: helping to start the Wild Folk learning community and serving on the Columbia City Council. In 2014, Paul Sturtz was named as one of 40 people or companies in the inaugural “Indiewire Influencers” list, described as “visionaries that are changing the course of film”.