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J.J. Murphy

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.


Horicon (1990–94)
Frame of Mind (1984–85)
Terminal Disorder (1982–83)
The Night Belongs to the Police (1981–82)
Preview (1979–80)
Science Fiction (1979)
Movie Stills (1977)
Print Generation (1973–74)
Sky Blue Water Light Sign (1972)
In Progress (1971–72) (with Ed Small)
Ice (1972)
Highway Landscape (1971–72)