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Paul Harrill's

Paul Harrill's

Something, Anything, the debut feature film written and directed by UT Art and Cinema Studies professor Paul Harrill, was released commercially to warm reviews in January. 

MichaƂ Oleszczyk of, in his 3.5/4 star review Something, Anything "a work of…simple, unforgettable beauty" while The Dissolve's Matthew Dessem, naming it the first Essential Viewing pick of 2015, called it "remarkable." Zachary Wigon's review for The Village Voice, meanwhile, called it "a sure-handed, complex portrait of one woman's attempts to feel alive." The film was also a New York Times Critics' Pick.

Something, Anything was selected by the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) for a weeklong run in New York City as part of their Screen Forward initiative before being released on leading digital platforms (including iTunes, Amazon, Google and Vimeo) in affiliation with the Sundance Institute's #Artist Services program and IFP. Before its weeklong run in New York, the film was selected to play at top festivals, including the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the longest continually running film festival in the world. Other festival screenings included BAMcinemaFest, Sarasota, Wisconsin, Nashville, and Austin.

Harrill is the Dee and Jimmy Haslam Professor of Art. The film features many UT alums, most notably the film's producer, Ashley Maynor, who is Assistant Professor and Digital Humanities Librarian at Hodges Library.

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