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About


A work of...simple, unforgettable beauty.
    - Michał Oleszczyk, RogerEbert.com

A remarkable film...SOMETHING, ANYTHING is the rare film that gently asks the big questions, then gives us space, and room. Essential Viewing.
    - Matthew Dessem, The Dissolve

NYT Critics' Pick: Emotionally ambitious...a lovely, low-key performance from [Ashley] Shelton.
    - Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

A film about a woman of few words who swallows her emotions and fends off despair, SOMETHING, ANYTHING manages, in its final moments, to capture two minor miracles, both of them earth-bound and sublime.

- Darren Hughes, Mubi.com's The Notebook

Marks a quietly assured feature debut for writer-director Paul Harrill.

- Justin Chang, Variety

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About


A work of...simple, unforgettable beauty.
    - Michał Oleszczyk, RogerEbert.com

A remarkable film...SOMETHING, ANYTHING is the rare film that gently asks the big questions, then gives us space, and room. Essential Viewing.
    - Matthew Dessem, The Dissolve

NYT Critics' Pick: Emotionally ambitious...a lovely, low-key performance from [Ashley] Shelton.
    - Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

A film about a woman of few words who swallows her emotions and fends off despair, SOMETHING, ANYTHING manages, in its final moments, to capture two minor miracles, both of them earth-bound and sublime.

- Darren Hughes, Mubi.com's The Notebook

Marks a quietly assured feature debut for writer-director Paul Harrill.

- Justin Chang, Variety

When a tragedy shatters her plans for domestic bliss, a seemingly typical Southern newlywed gradually transforms into a spiritual seeker, quietly threatening the closest relationships around her. 

One of ten projects selected in 2013 for IFP's Narrative Lab, the debut feature from award-winning filmmaker Paul Harrill is both a meditative character study and an unconventional romance.


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Cast


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Cast


CAST

Ashley Shelton

Peggy

Something, Anything is Ashley Shelton’s feature-film debut, cast by director Paul Harrill after he auditioned over 100 actresses over a period of nine months for the role. A graduate in Theatre from the University of Tennessee, Shelton divides her time between New York and her native Knoxville.

 

Bryce Johnson

Mark

Bryce Johnson was most recently seen in the critically-acclaimed Willow Creek. Bryce also portrayed Officer Darren Wilden for four seasons on ABC’s Pretty Little Liars. Other film credits include Christopher Munch’s Harry & Max and Bobcat Goldthwait’s Sleeping Dogs Lie.

Linds Edwards

Tim

Linds Edwards’ film credits include Allison Anders’ acclaimed Ring of FireGet Low with Robert Duvall and Bill Murray and Redemption Road with Michael Clarke Duncan. On television, Linds was featured in the pilot for the Golden Globe-nominated television series The Walking Dead and appears in the recurring role of Bobby Dean in Sundance Channel’s original series, Rectify.

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Creators


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Creators


CREATORS

Paul Harrill

writer & director

Paul Harrill's work has screened at film festivals, museums, and on television around the world. His short films include Gina, An Actress, Age 29, which won the Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the Sundance Film Festival 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, the Independent Filmmaker Project, and ITVS, among others. Something, Anything is his debut feature.

 

Kunitaro Ohi

cinematographer

Raised in Tokyo, Japan, and currently based out of Washington D.C., Kunitaro Ohi’s credits include three features and numerous short films, including Christopher Munch’s ITVS-produced FutureStates episode Return to Elektra Springs and Chris Sheriden’s festival hit Beta to the Max, starring Todd Rohal.

Ashley Maynor

producer

Ashley Maynor was named the Sundance Institute's Sheila C. Johnson Creative Producing Fellow for 2012-13. Other productions include Cameron Nelson’s Some Beasts and Paul Harrill's Quick Feet, Soft Hands, co-produced with ITVS. As a director, her most recent film is the documentary For Memories' Sake, which screened at several festivals, the Library of Congress, and on the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, among other venues. 

 

Jennifer Lilly

editor

Jennifer Lilly began her career in the cutting rooms of some of New York’s most esteemed filmmakers, including Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, and Sidney Lumet. Her credits as an Editor include The One I LoveElectrick Children, Helena From The Wedding, and Were The World Mine, which earned Lilly the Best Editing award at the Woodstock Film Festival.

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Press


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Press


Press Kit:

The Something, Anything presskit may be downloaded by clicking here.

Images & Other Inquiries:

To obtain high resolution images from Something, Anything, or for any other inquiries, please contact: info@selfreliantfilm.com

 

REVIEWS

Jeannette  Catsoulis - The New York Times: NYT Critics' Pick "Emotionally ambitious...a lovely, low-key performance from Ms. Shelton"

Michał Oleszczyk -  RogerEbert.com: ★★★1/2 (out of 4) "A work of...simple, unforgettable beauty."

Matthew Dessem - The DissolveEssential Viewing: ★★★★ (out of 5) "A remarkable film...Something, Anything is the rare film that gently asks the big questions, then gives us space, and room." 

Zachary Wigon, The Village VoiceCritics' Pick: "A sure-handed, complex portrait of one woman's attempts to feel alive."

Jaime Christley, Slant: ★★★1/2 (out of 4) "The film turns what at first seemingly appears as Kodak moments into a study of a soul in transition."

Justin Chang, Variety: "Marks a quietly assured feature debut for writer-director Paul Harrill."

Julie Dawson - TV Bomb: ★★★★ "An impressive accomplishment...particularly remarkable for the deftness of touch with which it addresses such profound issues as religion, identity and personal fulfillment."

Josh Slater Williams - The Skinny: ★★★★  "A concise, fascinating exploration of American life, making pointed use of Southern cultural values for a more universal story"

Steven Neish - Hey U Guys: ★★★★  "Intimate, thoughtful and understated."

Cameron Ward - One Room With a View: ★★★★  "Peppered with quiet intensity, Something, Anything navigates both social realism and the sublime with deftly mediated restraint."

Glenn Kenny - Some Came Running: "Harrill’s writing and directing is sensitive in the best way possible....[Ashley] Shelton’s performance has a steady intensity that gives off a soft but beautiful light throughout."

Joe Blessing - Stage Buddy: "Portrays a beautiful quest for meaning, with a simple authenticity."

Alex Barrett - Director's Notes: "A beautifully thoughtful debut feature."

Peter Labuza - The Cinephiliacs: "A real discovery."

JJ Murphy - On Cinema: "Deeply moving....Harrill’s film feels highly personal and contains an undercurrent of sadness that feels heartbreaking..."

Matt Prigge - Metro NYC: "Gentle, melancholy.... Recommended" 

M. Leary, Filmwell @ The Other Journal: "Alternately surprising and sublime."

David Hepburn - Milngavie Herald: “One of the true gems of this year’s festival circuit.”

Leah Anderst - Bright Lights Film Journal:  "An important highlight [of BAMcinemaFest]"

Jeffrey Overstreet’s Favorite Films of 2014: #13 "Harrill has made something quiet, observant, provocative, and quite contrary to the popular narrative of the American love story... truthful and affecting"

 

Articles/Interviews

Filmmaker Magazine - "Spirituality in the South: Something, Anything's Paul Harrill and Ashley Maynor": Interview with Erik Luers

Mubi / The Notebook - "Something, Anything": A Conversation with Paul Harrill by Darren Hughes

The Dissolve - "Knoxville-based director Paul Harrill talks about the regional spirit that infuses Something, Anything": Interview with Scott Tobias

Christianity Today - "Something, Anything": An Interview with Paul Harrill by Alissa Wilkinson

The Moveable Fest - "Paul Harrill on Discovering 'Something, Anything' ": An Interview with Stephen Saito

Danny Peary on Film/Sag Harbor Express - "Everything about Something, Anything": An Interview with Paul Harrill by Danny Peary

Black Book - "Filmmaker Paul Harrill on his debut feature Something, Anything": An Interview with Hillary Weston

Metro Pulse - Paul Harrill's Locally Made "Something, Anything" Headlines the 2014 Knoxville Film Festival

In Meditation: An Interview with Something, Anything creators Paul Harrill and Ashley Maynor: Interview with Jaye Davidson 

CultureMap Dallas - "Something Anything's Male Director Gets to the Heart of Women"

Nashville Scene - Hot Tip: "Something, Anything" by Jim Ridley

Filmmaker Magazine - "This Film Was Made for You and Me" - Paul Harrill on the 2013 IFP Lab

Filmmaker Magazine - "Trailer Watch: Paul Harrill's Something, Anything"

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News & Screenings


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News & Screenings


Screenings

Wisconsin Film Festival - April 3-10, 2014 - WORLD PREMIERE (shared with Sarasota FF)

Sarasota Film Festival - April 4-17, 2014 - WORLD PREMIERE (shared with Wisconsin FF)

Nashville Film Festival - April 19-26, 2014 - Honorable Mention for Best Feature/Tennessee Spirit Award

BAMcinemaFest - June 18-29, 2014 - NYC PREMIERE

Edinburgh International Film Festival - June 18-29, 2014 - INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

Knoxville Film Festival - Sept 11-14, 2014 - Opening Night Film

IF Film (formerly Flyover Film Festival) presented by the Louisville Film Society  - Sept 30-Oct 4, 2014

Austin Film Festival - October 23-30, 2014 - Texas Premiere

Filmslang - November 1-3, 2014

Lone Star Film Festival - November 5-9, 2014

BU Cinematheque - Boston, MA - November 21, 2014

NEW YORK - IFP Screen Forward - January 9-15, 2015