From Nothing, Something


Year: 2012
Country: USA
Run Time: 79 minutes

People of all professional disciplines encounter no greater threat than that of the proverbial blank page. Whether you're a fashion designer, architect, choreographer, super-chef, or cartoonist, your success and hard work all began with nothing. In his documentary, FROM NOTHING, SOMETHING, director Tim Cawley sits down with people from many fields of creation and chronicles their processes from idea to finished product. Maria Bamford (comedian), Tom Perrotta (novelist), Moungi Bawendi and David Lee (cancer researchers), Jay Greenberg (composer), and Sara Quin (singer-songwriter of Tegan & Sara) are just some of the many incredibly encouraging professionals who offer up how they went from the fear of staring at a blank page all the way to great accomplishments. Honest and candid, the many subjects of FROM NOTHING, SOMETHING will inspire you with their insights into their methods, neuroses, and worries. – T.W.

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Recommended for Middle School +

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Director Bio
Tim Cawley is an award-winning advertising creative director who lives near Boston, Massachusetts.

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In the spirit of creativity and flying pigs, we dedicate this film to the memory of KATIE ARING

This film is presented with the generous support of MARIANNE LAX and CHARLES SHEEHE

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