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).

Light From Light, Harrill’s latest feature, stars Marin Ireland and Jim Gaffigan. Upon its premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival it was called “a remarkable achievement” (C. Mason Wells, Film Comment), “transfixing” (David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter), and “a gem” (Elizabeth Weitzman, The Wrap). The film is produced by Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale), Sailor Bear (The Old Man and the Gun), Ten Acre Films (Sorry to Bother You), and Ley Line Entertainment. Light From Light is distributed by Grasshopper Film

Harrill’s debut feature Something, Anything 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” on RogerEbert.com. His short films include Gina, An Actress, Age 29, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, 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, the Tennessee Arts Commission, 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.


Film Comment: Interview with C. Mason Wells

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

Danny Peary on Film/Sag Harbor Express: Everything about Something, Anything

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