J.J. Murphy is an American experimental filmmaker, film writer and historian. His films typically explore the mechanical processes in which films are made, such as by manipulating the way the actual images are developed.
His writing mostly focuses on indie films and the way those films' screenplays are structured. He analyzes the unique structures of several popular and successful indie films in the book Me and You and Memento and Fargo. Murphy is also a scholar on the subject of Andy Warhol's filmmaking career, which is the subject of his second book, The Black Hole of the Camera.
Murphy earned his M.A. at the University of Iowa and is currently a professor of filmmaking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Learn more about this filmmaker at his official website.
Frame of Mind (1984–85)
Terminal Disorder (1982–83)
The Night Belongs to the Police (1981–82)
Science Fiction (1979)
Movie Stills (1977)
Print Generation (1973–74)
Sky Blue Water Light Sign (1972)
In Progress (1971–72) (with Ed Small)
Highway Landscape (1971–72)
JJ Murphy: Pacific Northwest Tour: Oct. 6-9
JJ Murphy will be screening his newly restored classic film Print Generation; as well as discussing the films of Andy Warhol in Seattle, WA; Portland, OR and Eugene, OR.
Solving The Mystery Of Underground Films’ White Dots!
Have you ever seen those big white dots that obscure the image in some old underground movies? Ever wonder what they are? Find out here!
The Black Hole Of The Camera: The Films Of Andy Warhol
J.J. Murphy’s brilliant new book The Black Hole of the Camera reconsiders the entire filmmaking career of pop artist Andy Warhol and places it in a detailed and engaging context.
2012 Brakhage Center Symposium: Official Program
The 2012 Brakhage Center Symposium has been programmed by curator Kathy Geritz and will examine the concept of experimental narrative over three days of screenings and lectures on March 16-18.
Museum of the Moving Image: The Cross Revolves at Sunset
Jan. 23: The Academy Film Archive’s Mark Toscano presents a night of restored masterworks and rarities inspired by The Maltese Cross Movement.
Me And You And Memento And Fargo
J.J. Murphy’s Me And You And Memento And Fargo isn’t quite an anti-Hollywood formula handbook, but it is a terrific antidote to tired movie structures.
Callie Angell, R.I.P.
Callie Angell, the chief archivist of the film legacy of Andy Warhol, passed away on May 12 at the age of 62.
Your Underground Film Blog Doesn’t Have To Act Like A Blog
Just because you’re using blogging software to create your website, doesn’t mean you have to think of your site as a blog and you shouldn’t.
Underground Film Yearbook: 1977
Notable underground film events of 1977 were John Waters directing Desperate Living and David Lynch making Eraserhead, plus Ric Shore’s brilliant Punking Out.
Underground Film Yearbook: 1974
Notable underground film events of 1973 were P. Adams Sitney publishing Visionary Film, John Waters made Female Trouble and David Lynch directed The Amputee.