Discipline: Film/Video – animation

Molly Murphy

Discipline: Film/Video – animation
Region: Los Angeles, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Molly Murphy is a virtual production artist and filmmaker who often works at the intersection of art and science. She has made cartoons and illustrations that have been featured in The Atlantic and The New Yorker. Her animations have screened at international festivals such as Palm Springs ShortFest (A Hole, writer/director) and SXSW (I’m Fine Thanks for Asking, animator). A Hole is also showcased as part of The Museum of the Moving Image’s collection.

Most recently, Murphy worked as an animator and motion capture animator on Barry Jenkins' Mufasa production. She has won filmmaking grants from the Sloan Foundation and Breakthrough Science Foundation.

Murphy created sequential art studies and began research and development on her next animated short while at MacDowell. The piece is a semi-autobiographical animated film about time spent on a flight with engine failure. Her first live action/animation short will debut its festival run in the coming year.



Molly Murphy worked in the Nef studio.

Nef Studio, the first entirely new studio built after 1937, was donated by esteemed photographer, explorer, author, and MacDowell Fellow Evelyn Steffanson Nef in 1992. Endowed funds for the studio’s maintenance in perpetuity and an annual Fellowship for photographers were given in addition to funds for construction. Mrs. Nef said she had known about MacDowell all her…

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