Cinema as a Public Art

The Public Cinema exists to share vital works of contemporary international and American cinema—works that might otherwise be unseen or overlooked by Knoxville audiences. Many of the films we screen are discoveries from the festival circuit; some will be Tennessee or regional premieres. Whatever we screen, our only agenda is to create a space for cinema as an art form and to promote discussion among discerning moviegoers.

Paul Harrill

Founder, programmer

Paul is a filmmaker and professor whose works have screened on five continents at festivals, museums, and on television. Something, Anything, his debut feature, was released commercially in January 2015 and was a Critics’ Pick in The New York Times.


Darren Hughes

Founder, programmer

Darren is a communications professional and critic who has interviewed many of the world’s leading film artists, including Frederick Wiseman, James Benning, Chantal Akerman, Philippe Garrel, Jia Zhang-ke, Claire Denis, and Catherine Breillat.