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Documentary filmmaker and professor Joe Murphy to be honored March 28 and 29

BOONE—A 39-year career at Appalachian State University will be celebrated March 28-29 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 semester.

View larger imageJoe Murphy, a professor in Appalachian State University’s Reich College of Education, will be honored March 28 and 29 with a screening of his work created during his 39-year career at the university. Murphy is well known for his documentaries that look at life and culture through a Southern lens, including the documentary “Slow Food: Fast Times” about barbeque in the South and “Doc and Merle” about the late Doc and Merle Watson. (Photo by Jeff Goodman)

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 towards the Second Academic Concentration (SAC) 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, Jeff Goodman at 828-262-2176