Rich Murray – Writer, Director, DGA
Partner, Attention Films.
Born & raised in the gritty, working-class Philadelphia neighborhood depicted in the film “Rocky”, Rich Murray graduated from Temple University with a B.A. in Communications in 1984 and began his professional career that same year directing videos for hip hop legends Schoolly D and Roxanne Shante. A short time later he moved to NY where in addition to helming videos, he began his apprenticeship as a line-producer and assistant director on independent film projects. In 1988 Murray joined The Director’s Guild of America as an assistant director and his list of credits include Cadillac Man (1990), Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989) and She-Devil (1989) among many others.
In 1991 Murray founded One World Productions in Los Angeles where he focused exclusively on directing clips for some of pop music’s biggest artists – including videos for the Spin Doctors, Kris Kross, The Fugees, Monica, Arrested Development, Beanie Man and Eminem to name a few. In all Murray has directed over 100 music videos and is perhaps the only director to have had a #1 video in four different music genres. Murray has also directed numerous commercial spots, including clips for such clients as Epiphone Guitars, TNN Cable Network and Sony Music.
In 1998 Murray returned to Philadelphia where he launched RuffNation Films with his friend, RuffHouse Records Chairman Chris Schwartz. In 2001 Murray made his feature film-directing debut with the shadowy thriller “Snipes”, (starring Nelly) which premiered that same year at the Toronto Film Festival and was awarded ‘Best Indie’ film at the 2002 Philadelphia Film Festival. “Snipes” was also released to theaters in 2002 through RuffNation Films and on DVD and video in association with Columbia/Tri-Star in 2003. That same year Murray also served as a producer on the urban drama “Train Ride” (starring Wood Harris & MC Lyte) which he released to DVD through RuffNation Films’ home entertainment co-venture with Sony in 2005.
In 2006 Murray wrote & produced the hip hop documentary “Death Before Dishonor” which features Fat Joe, The Game and Ja Rule among others while executive producing the urban crime dramas Money Power Respect and Menace. RuffNation Films distributed all three films that year through a co venture with Vivendi Visual Entertainment.
In 2007 Murray moved to Invincible Pictures where he co-produced the award winning concert documentary”Disco Biscuits-Progressions”. As President of Invincible Murray distributed five films (including “Progressions”) through a deal he signed with Philadelphia based TLA Releasing.
In July 2008 Murray announced that start of Attention Films and sister company Attention Entertainment in which he will partner once again with former RuffHouse CEO Chris Schwartz. Attention Films will focus exclusively on film, video and commercial production while Attention Entertainment will function as a muti media distribution entity encompassing music, film and all visual entertainment.