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Paul Harrill – Associate Professor/Dee + Jim Haslam Professor


Office: A+A 426
Education: Temple University – MFA
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paul_facPaul 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 critically-acclaimed 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 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.

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,, 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.

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