“The aliens are always with me.” What was your first thought when you read that line above? Typically, when working with subjects that have unique lifestyles or beliefs, an audience’s first reaction is to write them off or laugh at them. Unless you are making a film that’s sole purpose is to make fun of…

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With films from the first graduating class of the Murray Center starting to enter the public sphere and be accepted into film festivals, the center and its alumni have officialy entered the distribution and festival circuit. Though I’m a current Murray Center student myself, I’ve been working for a distribution company for more than a…

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With streaming channels becoming increasingly popular, documentary films are given the chance to stream in millions of homes, affording filmmakers the opportunity to have their stories shared with a variety of demographics. Streaming services like HBO Go and Netflix are paving the way for filmmakers to profit from their films after working through festivals, and the…

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For the most part, I was somebody more interested in the filmmaking side of documentaries. I thought that I could combat my shortcomings in journalism with better  “filmmaking” skills and that’s where my energy should be devoted. I thought that, for the most part, documentaries shouldn’t be too closely associated with journalism and the idea…

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I want to preface this article by saying that I know accolades and recognitions are not the end all be all. They are not why films are made and they don’t add to or deduct from the value of a piece of art. Still, they do acknowledge films that break boundaries and execute new ideas…

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Last fall, as classes were quickly approaching and the excitement of the inaugural class at the Murray Center settled in, the 20 or so students chosen to be a part of the program were asked to participate in several “kick off” events leading up to the first day of class. We first got to go…

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Murray Center Filmmaker-in-Chief Robert Greene says something few other filmmakers would say: nodding off during a movie isn’t a bad thing. He argues that films should be a dreamlike experience, and, coupled with his other theories of run-times coinciding with sleep cycles, they are successful if they can fully ease you into the story. Seeking…

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