Joseph R. Murphy

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Joe Murphy in New York City, November 2002

Joseph R. Murphy (Joe Murphy) (born September 27, 1947, in Memphis, Tennessee) is a documentary filmmaker specializing in films about cultural obsessions. He graduated from Davidson College in 1969. His films include Hot Lime (1982) about fresco painter Ben Long, Doc and Merle (1985) about Doc Watson and his son Merle, Talk Hair Talk (1987), Auto Bond (1988) about automobiles, Shoes Required (1989), Life from Stone (1992) about sculptor Ray Lutgert, Slow Food Fast Times (1995) about Barbecue,[1] and Age Matters (2000) about aging. He has recently finished work on a film about Type I diabetes. In addition, he has been working on new techniques for determining Pi using lentils.

Joe Murphy is currently a full professor at Appalachian State University.


  1. ^ Ridley, Jim; Noel Murray (November 14, 1996). "Sinking and Swimming". Nashville Scene. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 

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