Govindini Murty

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Govindini Murty
Born (1974-06-20) 20 June 1974 (age 43)
Manipur, India
Occupation Actress, Producer, Writer

Govindini Murty (born 1974)[1] is a U.S.-based, Canadian producer, actress, and journalist. Murty's father is Indian and her mother is Canadian of English descent. Murty is a graduate of Yale University, and has been published in The Atlantic,[2] The Huffington Post,[3] and is a member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists[4] and Indiewire's Criticwire.[5] In 2013, Murty spoke at Social Media Week LA's "Power Women in Entertainment" roundtable.[6] As of 2016, Murty is producer and lead actress on the World War II sci-fi short film UFO Diary,[7] featured in the January 2016 issue of American Cinematographer.[8]

In recent years, Murty has focused in her writing on progressive women's rights,[9] human rights,[10][11] science,[12] and technology.[13] She has interviewed such film icons as Werner Herzog,[14][15] and Stan Lee,[16] as well as notable contemporary filmmakers and actors like Kurt Russell,[17] Catherine Hardwicke, Lynn Shelton, Lake Bell,[18] Steven Knight,[19] and Shia LaBeouf,[20] among others. In 2013 Murty was selected to attend a NASA Earth Science conference at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and has since written on the need to support NASA and promote space science in movies.[21] Murty has also appeared on television to share her thoughts on Hollywood and popular culture. She has appeared on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, AMC, BBC, and in 2007 she cohosted an episode of At the Movies With Ebert & Roeper on ABC.[22]

Murty is also a public speaker and independent film-maker. In 2013 she spoke at Social Media Week LA's "Power Women in Entertainment" roundtable,[23] which promoted women's equality in media and entertainment.[24] Murty is also the cofounder and coeditor with Jason Apuzzo of the on-line film magazine Libertas,[25] established in January 2005, which has become a widely read and influential blog in the film world. New York Times film critic A.O. Scott called Libertas "insightful as well as provocative," and LA Times film columnist Patrick Goldstein called Libertas "a must read."[26] In 2007, Libertas was voted one of the top three culture blogs on the internet during the 2007 Weblog Awards.[27] Libertas went on hiatus in the summer of 2008, returning in its current form as Libertas Film Magazine (LFM) in the Spring of 2010.[28] The new Libertas appears to have a different emphasis from that of its predecessor. Its stated purpose is to promote "films that celebrate freedom, democracy, and the dignity of the individual," and the new site routinely features short films, feature films, webisodes, trailers and reviews of what it terms "pro-freedom films" currently in theaters or on DVD.

Murty continues to be active in the film festival world, covering the Sundance Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival,[29] Los Angeles Film Festival and related events. In 2013 Murty served on the Whistler Film Festival narrative jury for the AWFJ EDA awards for outstanding achievements by women filmmakers,[30] an event which received coverage in Variety when Melissa Leo personally offered to fund the winning woman filmmaker.[31]

In 2016, Murty produced and acted in UFO Diary,[32] a World War II sci-fi short film featured in the January 2016 print issue of American Cinematographer,[33] as well as at The Huffington Post[34] and The Alliance of Women Film Journalists' website.[35] UFO Diary was written and directed by Folio Eddie Award-winner Jason Apuzzo, edited by Emmy Award winner Mitch Danton, with special effects by artists from ILM, Weta Digital, and Digital Domain. The film is stated to be planned for release in 2016.[36]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Govindini Murty's IMDb profile
  2. ^ Govindini Murty at The Atlantic
  3. ^ Govindini Murty at The Huffington Post
  4. ^ Govindini Murty at The Alliance of Women Film Journalists
  5. ^ Govindini Murty at Indiewire's Criticwire
  6. ^ Govindini Murty speaking at Social Media Week LA's "Power Women in Entertainment"
  7. ^ ""UFO Diary" Facebook page". Facebook. Retrieved 16 February 2016. 
  8. ^ Apuzzo, Jason. "Re-Creating the Battle of Los Angeles". American Cinematographer. Retrieved 16 February 2016. 
  9. ^ Murty, Govindini (4 October 2013). "How Women Can Save the World by Telling Epic Stories in the Movies". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  10. ^ Murty, Govindini (26 June 2012). "New Film 'Words of Witness' Testifies to Egypt's Hopes for Democracy". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  11. ^ Murty, Govindini (8 June 2012). """We've All Been Brainwashed": China's Dissident Bloggers Speak Out in High Tech, Low Life"". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  12. ^ Murty, Govindini (21 September 2013). "Finding Movie Inspiration in NASA's Real Science: The Case Study of Europa Report". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  13. ^ Murty, Govindini (24 December 2012). "This Holiday Season, What Happens When All of Our Cultural Memories Go Digital?". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  14. ^ Murty, Govindini (11 November 2011). "A Conversation With Werner Herzog, Part I: Into the Abyss". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  15. ^ Murty, Govindini (2 December 2011). "A Conversation With Werner Herzog, Part II: Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Avatar, & the Hostility of Nature". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  16. ^ Apuzzo, Jason (1 February 2012). "With Great Power: A Conversation with Stan Lee at Slamdance 2012". Moviefone/The Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  17. ^ Murty, Govindini (8 December 2014). "For Love of the Game: Talking With Kurt Russell About The Battered Bastards of Baseball". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  18. ^ Murty, Govindini (21 February 2013). "How Female Directors Could, at Last, Infiltrate Hollywood: Go Indie First". The Atlantic. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  19. ^ Murty, Govindini (8 May 2014). "Talking With Director Steven Knight About His Innovative and Enthralling Film Locke". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  20. ^ Murty, Govindini (14 November 2013). "Young Man on the Run: Catching Up With Shia LaBeouf and Charlie Countryman". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  21. ^ Murty, Govindini (21 September 2013). "Finding Movie Inspiration in NASA's Real Science: The Case Study of Europa Report". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  22. ^ Govindini Murty on ABC's "At the Movies With Ebert & Roeper"
  23. ^ Govindini Murty at Social Media Week LA's "Power Women in Entertainment" panel
  24. ^ Govindini Murty at Social Media Week LA's "Power Women in Entertainment" panel
  25. ^ Libertas Film Magazine website
  26. ^ Libertas Film Magazine website
  27. ^ Weblog Awards 2007
  28. ^ Libertas Film Magazine
  29. ^ Murty, Govindini (14 May 2012). "At the Summer Box Office, a Battle Between Two Ways of Filming". The Atlantic. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  30. ^ Whistler Film Festival 2013 AWFJ EDA Awards Jury
  31. ^ Brodsky, Katherine (9 December 2013). "Whistler: Ingrid Veninger’s ‘Ballsy’ Request? More Films Made by Women". Variety. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  32. ^ ""UFO Diary" IMDB page". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 16 February 2016. 
  33. ^ Apuzzo, Jason. "Re-Creating the Battle of Los Angeles". American Cinematographer. Retrieved 16 February 2016. 
  34. ^ Apuzzo, Jason. ""The Time a UFO Invaded Los Angeles: UFO Diary Recreates the Great LA Air Raid of 1942"". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 16 February 2016. 
  35. ^ McDonnell, Brandy. ""Alliance of Women Film Journalists members celebrate big achievements in 2015"". The Alliance of Women Film Journalists. Retrieved 16 February 2016. 
  36. ^ ""UFO Diary" Facebook page". Facebook. Retrieved 16 February 2016. 

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