Filmmaker, professor Joe Murphy to be honored
A 39-year career at Appalachian State University will be
celebrated March 28 and 29, as friends, family and former students gather to honor Department of
Curriculum and Instruction professor Joe Murphy, who will retire at the end of this
Murphy, who came to Appalachian in 1975 to teach video and audio production and documentary film, will be honored during the Joe Murphy Documentary Film Festival.
Screenings of Murphy’s work will take place March 28 at 7 p.m. and March 29 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in room 124 in the College of Education building on campus. Admission is free.
The March 28 screening will feature shorts, clips and a showing of Murphy’s 1985 film, “Doc and Merle,” about the late musicians Doc and Merle Watson.
Screenings the afternoon of March 29 will feature student work and Murphy’s films, “Auto Bond” and “Shoes Required.” The weekend concludes at 7:30 p.m. with additional short selections from Murphy’s work, as well as a screening of his film about barbecue in the Southeast, “Slow Food: Fast Times.”
Segments of Murphy’s work have aired on CBS’s “Sunday Morning,” ABC’s “World News Tonight,” The Learning Channel and public television stations across the country. A fellowship being established in Murphy’s name, The Joe Murphy Educational Media Endowed Fellowship, will support undergraduate students working toward the Second Academic Concentration in Media Studies in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction or the minor in media studies, as well as graduate students in the Master of Arts program in educational media.
For more information, call (828) 262-2176.