Josh' Bones' Murphy is a rising star in the world of independent filmmaking. With a passion for the environment and storytelling and a unique visual style, Murphy has quickly made a name for himself with his thought-provoking and emotionally resonant films.
Murphy is especially passionate about environmental activism and has used his filmmaking talents to spotlight environmental concerns like overfishing and climate change.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Murphy got his start in the film industry as a teenager, working as a production assistant on various low-budget movies and music videos. It was during this time that he honed his skills as a filmmaker, learning everything from camera operation to post-production.
Graduating from the University of Vermont and Humboldt State University with degrees in Natural Resources, Murphy's projects are especially inspired by the natural world.
Another big break came for Murphy with the release of feature film, The Scale of Hope, released in 2022. A powerful exploration of the human condition, the film tells the story of Molly Kawahata. Kawahata is a previous climate advisor, working with the Obama administration to develop climate change solutions and policies.
Diagnosed with bipolar disorder in her adult life, Molly's mental health struggles before, during, and after her White House position are examined in a vulnerable and refreshing way. The film highlights her journey both inwards and outwards. Kawahata now trains as an ice climber and is an avid climate activist. In The Scale of Hope, Kawahata attempts to form a new climate narrative as she prepares for an intense ice trek in the Alaskan Range.
With its evocative cinematography and emotionally charged performances, The Scale of Hope quickly gained critical acclaim, earning Murphy several award nominations and putting him on the radar of industry insiders.
Even before the successful release of The Scale of Hope, Murphy has pushed the boundaries of independent cinema and filmmaking with bold and ambitious projects. Recent films include The River Why, The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, about the crash of tech giant Theranos, and The Push. His works are often globally recognized and nominated for various accolades.
His film, The Push, was so successful and moving it was picked up by Amazon, along with his film, Artifishal, which spotlights the risk of overfishing, water pollution, and human greed. In its first month, Artifishal generated over 2 million views.
Murphy expanded his career and assets by creating Liars and Thieves, an independent production company. Editor, Collin Kriner, co-founded the production company with Murphy, and it continues to be widely successful. Liars and Thieves has partnered with businesses like GoPro, Clif Bar, Clorox, Volvo, Avaya, and others, to create commercials and other media deliverables.
Murphy's works are deeply personal and emotionally resonant films that showcase his unique vision and talents as a filmmaker. When Murphy was asked about his approach to storytelling, he was quick to emphasize the importance of authenticity and vulnerability.
In addition to his talent as a filmmaker, Murphy is also known for his dedication to supporting and promoting other independent artists. He frequently collaborates with fellow filmmakers, actors, and crew members, creating a supportive and creative community around his work. In an industry that can often be competitive and cutthroat, Murphy's collaborative spirit is a breath of fresh air.
With a growing body of work and a dedicated fanbase, Murphy is definitely one to watch in the world of independent filmmaking. Whether he's exploring complex themes or creating powerful character studies, his films are always thought-provoking and deeply moving. Keep an eye on this talented filmmaker – he's sure to continue to make waves in the world of cinema for years to come.
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