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Something, Anything, a film written and directed by Dee and Jimmy Haslam Professor of Art Paul Harrill, is getting rave reviews in New York City where it is being screened this week. The film was New York Timesselected by the Independent Filmmaker Project for a weeklong run in New York City as part of its Screen Forward initiative before being released on leading digital platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Google, and Vimeo. Michał Oleszczyk of, in his 3.5/4 star review Something, Anything, called it “a work of…simple, unforgettable beauty.” It was a Critic’s Pick by The New York Times which wrote, “modestly presented but emotionally ambitious…this immersive first feature gently reveals the void of an adulthood on autopilot.” The film follows the gradual evolution of a Knoxville, Tennessee, real estate agent. It features many UT alumni, and the film’s producer is Ashley Maynor, assistant professor and digital humanities librarian at Hodges Library. To view more about the film including how to purchase it and a trailer, visit

Reviews of the film also appeared in:

The Dissolve


Village Voice