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Paul Harrill

Studio Address: Tennessee

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Paul Harrill’s films have screened around the world theatrically, at festivals and museums, on television, and via streaming platforms. Venues include Sundance, The Museum of Modern Art, PBS and Netflix.

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). The film is produced by Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale), Sailor Bear, Ten Acre Films, and Ley Line Entertainment. Light From Light was acquired by Grasshopper Film for commercial release.

Harrill’s debut feature Something, Anything was named a New York Times Critics’ Pick. 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.

Harrill’s work has been supported by the Sundance Institute, IFP, The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, SouthArts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Aperture Film Grant, among others. He is the Dee & Jimmy Haslam Chair of Cinema Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.