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Director: Paul Harrill

Screenwriter: Paul Harrill

Producer: James M. Johnston, Kelly Williams, Toby Halbrooks, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Headington, Theresa Steele

Editor: Courtney Ware

Cast: Marin Ireland, Jim Gaffigan, Josh Wiggins, Atheena Frizzell

Cinamatographer: Greta Zozula

Music: Adam Granduciel, Jon Natchez


Light from Light

Scheduled to attend: Paul Harrill


Wisconsin Premiere • narrative • USA • 2019 • DCP • 82 MIN

section: American Visions

In East Tennessee, car rental service worker and single mother Sheila (Marin Ireland) occasionally moonlights as a paranormal investigator. Though she has had dreams that have proven prophetic, Sheila remains skeptical of the supernatural. After appearing on a local radio show, Sheila is contacted by a widower (Jim Gaffigan) who questions whether or not he is getting messages from his late wife at the farmhouse where he’s living alone. Sheila agrees to help explore the mysterious goings-on and she brings along her teenaged son and his girlfriend to help. In 2014, prize-winning filmmaker Paul Harrill presented the first-ever screenings of his debut feature, Something, Anything at WFF. Now he returns with his acclaimed follow-up, fresh from its premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Like the previous film, Light from Light is a thoughtful, moving story told with quiet precision and patience. The authentic brand of reality created by the naturalistic actors and Harrill’s straightforward rendering of their environments provides the perfect backdrop from which to explore the possibility of the spirit world. Avoiding in a unique way the cinematic grammar of horror movies, this is a compassionate film that is first and foremost about people trying, through extreme grief and everyday hardships, to live in the here and now. (JH)

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