2017 Awards

The Jonathan Daniels Award celebrates the fusion of great artistic excellence and social awareness.

Beth Murphy, 2017 Jonathan Daniels Award Recipient - What Tomorrow Brings

2017 Recipient
Beth Murphy
What Tomorrow Brings

Beth Murphy is Director of Films at The GroundTruth Project and founder of Principle Pictures. Her work as producer, director, journalist, writer, and photographer is focused on human rights, equality and justice.

Murphy has directed and produced nearly 20 documentary films including the features Beyond Belief (Tribeca FF premiere, Sundance Channel), The List (Tribeca FF premiere, HotDocs, PBS), and What Tomorrow Brings (HotDocs, PBS/POV) that have screened at film festivals and aired on broadcast networks globally. Her work as a multi-media producer, Impact Campaign director and author raises awareness and promotes action for causes that demand social change.

Her most recent Impact Campaign for What Tomorrow Brings succeeded in building a college for women in the same village as the film was shot. Another Impact Campaign she launched helped build Afghanistan’s first women’s center.

Murphy blogs for HuffPost and has directed/produced New York Times Op-Docs – most recently Pashtana’s Lesson based on What Tomorrow Brings.

Murphy is a former Fellow at Boston University’s Institute for Iraqi Studies, and has taught courses in covering international crises, media ethics and documentary filmmaking at Suffolk University and American University Paris. She earned her MA in International Relations and International Communications at Boston University, and studied filmmaking at George Washington University’s Documentary Center.

For her work on What Tomorrow Brings, Murphy has recently been honored with the Overseas Press Club Edward R. Murrow Award, the RTNDA National Edward R. Murrow Award, and the Alfred I. duPont Award.

Audience Choice Awards

Best Documentary Short: Joe’s Violin

Best Narrative Short: Welcome

Best Documentary Feature: Big Sonia