The Self-Reliant Film blog was started in November 2005 by Paul Harrill. The site was launched to champion small-crew, low-budget, and regional filmmaking. Soon after its beginning the blog was listed as one of indieWire’s “Blogs We Love” and has been named part of Film Festival World’s The Essential Film Blog Reader. For more about the philosophy of self-reliant film (the practice and the blog) visit the first post.
In 2010 Paul Harrill and filmmaker Ashley Maynor formed Self-Reliant Film, LLC to produce and distribute new films with compelling stories, a personal sensibility, and regional character.
Taken together, Harrill and Maynor’s films have screened at over 40 festivals and on five continents. Screening venues have included Sundance, the Museum of Modern Art, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Institute for Contemporary Art London, the Library of Congress, and numerous regional festivals. Their work has been broadcast on television nationally and internationally.
ABOUT PAUL HARRILL
Paul Harrill’s films have screened around the world at festivals (Sundance, Rotterdam, Clermont-Ferrand, Sydney, etc.), museums (MoMA, ICA London, Warsaw Centre for Contemporary Art, etc.), and on television.
Something, Anything, Harrill’s debut feature, was named a New York Times Critics’ Pick, earned an “Essential Viewing” tag from The Dissolve, and was called a work of “simple, unforgettable beauty” by Michal Oleszczyk in his review on RogerEbert.com. Something, Anything premiered at film festivals in 2014 (Edinburgh, BAMcinemaFest, Sarasota, and Wisconsin, among others) before being released commercially in 2015 in NYC (via IFP Screen Forward) and on major digital platforms in the USA and UK through Sundance #ArtistServices and IFP. The film was was listed as one of the Top 25 Best First Features in IndieWire’s 2015 Year-End Critics’ Poll.
Harrill’s short films include Gina, An Actress, Age 29, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking, and Quick Feet, Soft Hands, a co-production with the Independent Television Service starring Greta Gerwig.
In 2005, Paul started a filmmaking blog, selfreliantfilm.com, to champion personal, regional, and do-it-yourself cinema. In collaboration with Ashley Maynor, Self-Reliant Film has evolved into a production company and distribution label.
Paul’s work has been supported by the Sundance Institute, IFP, The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Aperture Film Grant, among others. Harrill was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2001.
Harrill resides in Knoxville, Tennessee where he is the co-founder (with critic Darren Hughes) of The Public Cinema and teaches at the University of Tennessee.
ABOUT ASHLEY MAYNOR
Ashley Maynor is an award-winning filmmaker, producer, and librarian. She produced the critically-acclaimed feature film Something, Anything (2014 New York Times Critics’ Pick) and the ITVS co-production Quick Feet, Soft Hands, starring Greta Gerwig, both written and directed by Paul Harrill. She also produced writer/director Cameron Nelson’s forthcoming debut feature, Some Beasts (2013 US-in-Progress selection; 2014 IFP Narrative Lab). Her most recent film as director is the documentary For Memories’ Sake, which screened at the Library of Congress, the Nashville Film Festival, the Maryland Film Festival, and on the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, among other venues.
A native of Joelton, Tennessee, Maynor has previously been a Visiting Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech and a production mentor for Stony Brook University’s MFA in Film program. In addition to filmmaking, Maynor is also engaged with building communities through video partnerships, empowering youth and communities to tell their own stories as the co-founder and program director of the Blacksburg Stories Youth Video Workshop, as a video facilitator for Scribe Video Center’s Precious Places Project, and as a guest artist in the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge’s Artists in Schools program.
She is a past recipient of the Sundance Institute’s Sheila C. Johnson Creative Producing Fellowship and the American Library Association’s Justin Winsor Prize. Her work has been supported by the Sundance Institute, the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the Austin Film Society, the Southern Humanities Media Fund and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Maynor works at the University of Tennessee Libraries in the digital humanities where she connects the work of artists, critics and scholars with online communities.