Production/Research Areas: Narrative and Documentary Film & Video Production
Teaching Areas: film directing, screenwriting, digital cinema/film production
Courses: Digital Cinema Production I & II, Writing & Directing for Cinema, Advanced Topics in Cinema Production
Professional creative work web site: Self-Reliant Film
Please Note: Professor Harrill will be on leave from summer 2012 until fall 2013. Please contact the main office for any inquiries in his absence.
Paul Harrill’s narrative films and documentary videos have screened at film festivals, cinematheques, and museums on five continents. Venues have included the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, and the Sundance Film Festival, where Harrill’s short film Gina, An Actress, Age 29 was awarded the Jury Prize. In 2001, he was recognized by Filmmaker Magazine as one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film.”
Harrill’s work has been supported by the Independent Television Service (ITVS) and the Aperture Film Grant (among others), and by residencies at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Professor Harrill has taught courses in Digital Film/Video Production at Virginia Tech since 2006. In addition to his teaching and filmmaking, Harrill maintains a popular weblog, Self-Reliant Film, which discusses issues surrounding the art and practice of do-it-yourself filmmaking.