Dec. 6, 2018
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A film by School of Art Associate Professor Paul Harrill, Light From Light, will make its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival taking place Jan. 24-Feb. 3, 2019 in Park City, Utah.
Harrill, who is associate director of the UT Cinema Studies program and the Dee and Jimmy Haslam Chair in Cinema Studies, wrote and directed the film. Starring Marin Ireland, Jim Gaffigan, Josh Wiggins, and Atheena Frizzell, the film tells the story of a single mother and occasional paranormal investigator who look into a possible haunting at a widower’s farmhouse in East Tennessee.
It is Harrill’s second feature film; his first film, Something, Anything screened at film festivals around the world in 2014 and was a New York Times critics’ pick.
For Light From Light, Harrill was assisted by current and former students Sydney Steele (cinema studies, 2019), Vanessa Wilson (cinema studies, 2018), Mason Griffin (cinema studies, 2018), Adrian Hargrave (cinema studies, 2017), Christopher Ward (theatre, 2016), and Rob Travis (art, 2003).
The film was shot in Knoxville over 20 days in July and August 2018. Harrill worked with a team of producers including Elisabeth Moss (producer and actress, The Handmaid’s Tale) and David Lowery (director of The Old Man and the Gun and Pete’s Dragon).
The development of Light From Light was supported by the College of Arts and Sciences New Research Award.
In 2001, Harrill’s short film Gina, An Actress, Age 29 won the Grand Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at Sundance. He is co-founder of the Public Cinema, which screens contemporary international and American cinema for Knoxville audiences, and Self-Reliant Film.
For more information, visit www.cinema.utk.edu.
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