Paul Harrill’s films have screened around the world at festivals (Sundance, Rotterdam, Edinburgh, Clermont-Ferrand, Sydney, etc.) and museums (MoMA, ICA London, Warsaw Centre for Contemporary Art, etc.), and on curated streaming platforms (Netflix, Mubi) and television (PBS, Cinemax, ORF Austria).

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.

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.


Filmmaker Magazine: Spirituality in the South: Something, Anything's Paul Harrill and Ashley Maynor by Erik Luers

Filmmaker Magazine: Why Make a Microbudget Film? Five Questions for Director Paul Harrill on the Virtues of Ultra-Low Budgets

Mubi / The Notebook: Something, Anything: A Conversation with Paul Harrill by Darren Hughes

The Dissolve: Knoxville-based director Paul Harrill talks about the regional spirit that infuses Something, Anything by Scott Tobias

Christianity TodaySomething, Anything: An Interview with Paul Harrill by Alissa Wilkinson

The Moveable Fest: Paul Harrill on Discovering Something, Anything by Stephen Saito

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Black Book: Filmmaker Paul Harrill on his debut feature Something, Anything by Hillary Weston