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Locally filmed movie screening at Lawson McGhee Library

KNOXVILLE — Libraries change lives as Peggy, the lead character in the new movie, Something, Anything will attest. When the happily-ever-after life she’d imagined falls apart, she takes a job at the public library and, slowly, she finds the happiness and purpose she’d never dared to imagine. Something, Anything screens on Sunday, January 25 at 2:00 p.m. in the meeting room at Lawson McGhee Library. The film’s creators, Paul Harrill and Ashley Maynor will talk about the making of the film. Admission is free. Both will be available for a discussion following the film.

Described as a “low-key jewel of a movie” by the Independent Filmmaker Project in Brooklyn, New York, Something, Anything is the story of 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. Filmed in and around Knoxville, with key scenes shot at Lawson McGhee Library, Something, Anything is both a visual feast and an opportunity to enjoy several of Knoxville’s fine actors in important roles.

Something, Anything premiered at the Wisconsin Film Festival and was an official selection at BAMcinemaFest, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival and Knoxville Film Festival.

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.

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.

Paul Harrill and Ashley Maynor are married and live in Knoxville.

Published January 14, 2015

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