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Laura Murray

Laura Murray
is an award-winning documentary filmmaker specializing in social issue projects. Her directorial debut, Slender Existence, a film about eating disorder recovery, won a Student Academy Award, and screened annually on PBS from 1999 to 2004. It is currently distributed educationally thru Filmakers Library. Her films have received national recognition and awards from the Independent Film Channel, the American Library Association, and numerous film festivals – including the Isabella Liddell Art Award from the Ann Arbor Film Festival.

Ms. Murray was named a “Filmmaker to Watch” by the Independent Feature Project in 2000 for her successes with Slender Existence.

In 2000 Murray shot Inbal Diskin’s Caves of the Mind, a short documentary about manic-depressive illness that screened on PBS, showed in festivals around the country, and garnered a student Emmy. Murray also won the Laura Napor National Film Grant in 2001. In 2002 she completed co-shooting and editing NEA funded feature length documentary People Say I’m Crazy, about an artist living with schizophrenia. This film, produced by Documentary Academy-Award winner Ira Wohl, and Katie Cadigan of imageReal Pictures, has garnered awards and praise from international film festivals throughout 2003 and was broadcast nationally on HBO/Cinemax in August 2004.

In 2005 Murray was invited to attend the prestigious CPB/PBS Producers’ Academy, where she work-shopped an as yet untitled film about sex offenders transitioning out of prisons and back in to communities. In 2009, Murray finished the ITVS/KQED coproduction, When Medicine Got It Wrong, with producing/directing partner, Katie Cadigan.

She is also collaborating on a film called Wacko about cultural constructions of madness. This film was selected as a featured work-in-progress at the International Film Financing Conference, and is fiscally sponsored by the Film Arts Foundation.

Murray has edited five feature-length documentaries since then, including Academy-Award winner Ira Wohl’s Best Sister and Out of Faith, which screened at the 2006 IFP Market as a feature documentary.

Ms. Murray received her MA in documentary film and video production from the Department of Communication at Stanford University. She holds a BA in Film and Drama from Vassar College, a MS in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently pursuing her doctorate in education.


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