Screen Forward: Something, Anything

With its meditative study on new beginnings and personal fulfillment, the debut feature from writer/director Paul Harrill (an alumnus of the IFP Filmmaker Labs), reveals a unique directorial sensibility and delivers a refreshing story of human transformation.

In this low-key jewel of a movie, newcomer Ashley Shelton delivers a breakthrough performance as Peggy, a seemingly typical Southern newlywed on the path to a perfect career, home, and family. But when a tragedy shatters her domestic bliss, Peggy spins away from her husband and career and gradually transforms into a spiritual seeker, quietly threatening the closest relationships around her.

World Premiere – 2014 Sarasota Film Festival, Wisconsin Film Festival
Official Selection – BAMCinemaFest, Edinburgh International Film Festival

“[Something, Anything] is an impressive accomplishment, and one particularly remarkable for the deftness of its touch with which it addresses such profound issues as religion, identity, and personal fulfillment.”TV Bomb

“Paul Harrill’s writing and directing is sensitive in the best way possible, highlighting small details of behavior sharply but unfussily. And [Ashley] Shelton’s performance has a steady intensity that gives off a soft but beautiful light throughout.”Some Came Running

(*Please Note: All Tickets Must Be Purchased Online*)


• Friday, January 9th from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Followed by a Q&A with writer/director Paul Harrill, producer Ashley Maynor, lead actress Ashley Shelton, cinematographer Kunitaro Ohi, and composer Eric V. Hachikian. Moderated by fellow filmmaker, and former IFP Filmmaker Labs fellow, Daniel Carbone (Hide Your Smiling Faces)

• Saturday, January 10th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
• Saturday, January 10th from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
After the 4:30pm screening, we’ll have a Producers’ Roundtable with Indie Producers such as Ashley Maynor (Something, Anything), Summer Shelton (Little Accidents), Lucas Joaquin (Love is Strange), and Tory Lenosky (Keep the Lights On). Also: Something, Anything poster giveaway!

• Sunday, January 11th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Followed by a conversation on Contemplative & Spiritual Cinema, with writer/director Paul Harrill and fellow filmmakers Caveh Zahedi (The Sheik & I), Dan Sallitt (The Unspeakable Act), and more! Also: Sample bourbon fudge made by the Trappist monks of the Abbey of Gethsemani, who are seen in the film.

• Monday, January 12th from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Followed by a conversation between cinematographers Kunitaro Ohi and Daryl Pittman (White Reindeer). They’ll take your questions, and discuss the secrets of microbudget cinematography, working regionally, the films of Douglas Sirk, and more!

• Tuesday, January 13th from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Followed by a post-screening Q+A with writer/director Paul Harrill, producer Ashley Maynor, lead actress Ashley Shelton. Moderated by film critic Alissa Wilkinson (Christianity Today).

• Wednesday, January 14th from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Tennessee Film Night! Stick around to talk film with writer/director Paul Harrill, producer Ashley Maynor and fellow makers of movies set in the Volunteer State — Tim Sutton (Memphis) and John Henry Summerour (Sahkanaga).

• Thursday, January 15th from 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM

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The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) announced the first five projects to get weeklong theatrical runs at the state of the art Made In NY Media Center’s theater as part of the Screen Forward program. The program gives filmmakers in the process of self-distribution or micro-distribution the unique opportunity to gain a much-coveted NYC theatrical week-run, with IFP working with each filmmaking team on comprehensive audience engagement and grassroots outreach strategies, publicity support, coverage in Filmmaker Magazine, and a revenue split to all participating filmmakers.

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