Filmmaker Paul Harrill, whose 2001 short film Gina, an Actress, Age 29, won the jury prize for shorts at the Sundance Film Festival, will be in town for the local premiere of his new short, Quick Feet, Soft Hands, tonight at Regal Downtown West at 7:30 p.m.
Harrill now teaches at Virginia Tech, but before that taught at the University of Tennessee after earning a master's degree at Temple University in Philadelphia.
The 25-minute Quick Feet, Soft Hands, produced by Harrill's Lovell Films, focuses on a young couple, Jim and Lisa (played by Jason Von Stein and Greta Gerwig), as they cope with Jim's pursuit of a professional baseball career.
In other local film news, playwright and screenwriter (and Metro Pulse contributor) Kieron Barry and director Scott W. Lee completed shooting on their short, Bluff Point, on the last weekend in August. The two landed a pair of name-brand actors—Joel McKinnon of Big Love and Curb Your Enthusiasm and Julie McNiven of Mad Men—to star in the 10-minute drama, set in a small, unnamed Southern town in the 1950s.
Teach a Band to Fish
A slate of local bands will be raising money and collecting food for the non-profit FISH Hospitality Pantries at FISHStock '08 at the Bijou Theater on Friday, Sept. 12.
Singer/songwriter Brandy Robinson will headline the charity concert, with Grandpa's Stash, Metro Pulse Best Band winners the Dirty Guv'nahs, the Retroholics, and Sellers Wray also on the bill.
FISHStock starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and $12 general admission. All proceeds go to FISH, a network of food panties that supply food for the Knoxville poor. Canned food donations will also be accepted at the door. And right down the street, the Downtown Grill & Brewery is accepting canned food from now until the event ends, which will snag you either 10 percent off your meal or $2 pints, your choice. In addition, local publication Blank Magazine is offering to match all of the food that is collected at the event or at the brewpub.
The Knoxville Writers' Guild 2008 literary anthology, Outscape: Writing on Fences and Frontiers, is just about ready for release. The collection, part of the guild's ongoing biennial series of anthologies featuring local and regional writers, will be available on Thursday, Oct. 2, at KWG's monthly meeting at the Laurel Theater.
Outscape, edited by Jesse Graves and Jessie Janeshek, features more than 100 pieces, including work by Deedee Agee, daughter of novelist James Agee; Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Wright, who was born in Pickwick Dam, south of Nashville, and now teaches at the University of Virginia; Michael Knight, director of the creative writing program at the University of Tennessee; poet Marilyn Kallett; Jack Neely; and R.B. Morris.
Outscape will also be available at local bookstores and at the KWG website (knoxvillewritersguild.org) for $15.