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Karen Murphy

KAREN MURPHY began her filmmaking career working in the documentary world. The first feature film that she produced was Rob Reiner’s documentary- style comedy, “This is Spinal Tap,” which was selected by the National Film Registry to be preserved in the Library of Congress.

Following that, she produced other critically acclaimed films, including David Byrne’s “True Stories,” starring John Goodman, David Byrne and Spalding Gray; Gus Van Sant’s “Drugstore Cowboy,” starring Matt Dillon and Heather Graham and Keva Rosenfeld’s “Twenty Bucks,” starring Steve Buscemi, Christopher Lloyd and Linda Hunt. In her role as a Creative Executive at Interscope Pictures, Karen also produced the MGM romantic comedy “The Cutting Edge.”

Karen has produced five films for writer-director Christopher Guest; “Waiting for Guffman” “Best in Show,” “A Mighty Wind,” “For Your Consideration” and most- recently, “Mascots.” Her television producing credits include the HBO/BBC series “Family Tree” as well as pilot episodes for HBO, Sky-TV, ABC/Disney Animation and Showtime.

Karen was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky in a music-filled home. After several visits between films to Nashville’s vibrant music scene, she co-founded the Nashville Screenwriters Conference. For her, the music in the films she has produced has always had special significance.