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Laura Murray

Laura Murray

Documentary Film and Video

About

Laura Murray studied Theatre and Film Production at Vassar College, and went on to become a free-lance camera assistant before returning to Graduate School to pursue film directing. She completed the Master's Program in Documentary Film & Video at Stanford University in 1999, and currently teaches video production at a Community Access TV station, and also works as an Associate Producer at a non-fiction production house in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Slender Existence 

16mm color film

JUNE, 1999
VIDEO DURATION: 23:17 MIN.

Slender Existence is the first-ever personal film about surviving anorexia nervosa. Filmmaker Laura Murray interweaves her own fractured recollections of starvation with those of her family and closest high school friend - all of whom rally to her support. This intimate and touching self-portrait shows a family dealing with a child's eating disorder - and that child growing into a healthy adult.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Silver Medal, Student Academy Award, 2000
Sea-to-Sky Film Festival (Canada), 1999

Crossings 

16mm color film

JUNE, 1998
VIDEO DURATION: 8 MIN.
Crossings is the story of one man's world-wide "search for a wife." He learns that finding a mate is perhaps not nearly as important as finding one's self.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

ImageFest '99
KTEH's series, video i

Encore 

7 min.

MARCH, 1998
VIDEO DURATION: 7 MIN.
Encore is a video portrait of two senior citizen women who dance - one a teacher, the other her student. It is a story of exuberance and creativity in one's Golden Years, and the contagious zest for life that Jean and Birdie share with all who meet them.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

ImageFest '99
Silver Screen Images Festival, 2000

Prize 

16mm black and white film

DECEMBER, 1997
VIDEO DURATION: 3 MIN.

This portrait piece is about a young woman who discovers she is pregnant with an unexpected child, and decides to become a single parent.