Margaret Brown (film director)

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Margaret Luce Brown is an American film director.

Early life[edit]

Brown was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. A Murphy High School alumna,[1][2] she earned her BA from Brown University with concentrations in Creative Writing and Modern Culture and Media, and her MFA in Film from New York University. She was cinematographer for 99 Threadwaxing in 1999 and director for Ice Fishing in 2000.[2]


Brown's full-length debut[3] was Be Here To Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt (2004) which chronicles the turbulent life of American singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt. Time Out magazine listed it at number 7 on its "50 Greatest Music Films Ever".[4]

Brown subsequently directed the feature documentary The Order of Myths[5] a 2008 Sundance Film Festival selection about the segregated Mardi Gras celebration of Mobile, Alabama.[6] The film was nominated for Independent Spirit Award. It won many awards[7][8] including a Peabody Award,[9] a Cinematic Vision Award at the Silverdocs Documentary Festival[10] and Truer Than Fiction Award[11] at the Independent Spirit Awards.

In 2014, she directed the feature documentary The Great Invisible[12][13][14] which won the SXSW Grand Jury Prize for Documentary and received an Emmy nomination[15] for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking and aired on Independent Lens on PBS on April 2015.[16][17] The Great Invisible features the BP oil spill in the Gulf in 2010 and Deepwater Horizon oil spill aftermath.[18]

Honors and awards[edit]

Brown was nominated a Cultural Ambassador[citation needed] for Documentary Filmmaking from the United States to Colombia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan and holds fellowships from United States Artists[19] and The MacDowell Colony.[20]


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  2. ^ a b "The Alumnus newsletter May 2015, Murphy High School Alumni Association" (PDF). Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Margaret Brown Films". 22 October 2012. Archived from the original on 22 October 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  4. ^ Calhoun, Dave. "50 greatest music films ever". Time Out London. Archived from the original on 2015-02-20. Retrieved 2015-10-06.
  5. ^ "Independent Lens . THE ORDER OF MYTHS . The Film – PBS". Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  6. ^ monsters and Critics: The Order of Myths - Movie Review Archived 2014-10-30 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film – News". Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Filmmaker Magazine – Festival Ambassador". Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Independent Lens: The Order of Myths". Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Detail view of Movies Page". Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Meet the 12 Film Independent Fellows Joining the Academy – Film Independent". 2 September 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  12. ^ The Great Invisible on IMDb
  13. ^ DP/30: The Oral History Of Hollywood (30 October 2014). "The Great Invisible, Margaret Brown". Retrieved 9 July 2017 – via YouTube.
  14. ^ The Aspen Institute (5 September 2014). "The Great Invisible (Post-Screening Discussion)". Retrieved 9 July 2017 – via YouTube.
  15. ^ "Nominees/Winners". Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  16. ^ "Film Awards Past Winners". South by Southwest. Archived from the original on 2015-09-05. Retrieved 2015-10-06.
  17. ^ "The Great Invisible (Independent Lens)". National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 2015-10-06. Retrieved 2015-10-06.
  18. ^ "Going Deep". 24 December 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  19. ^ United States Artists. "Margaret Brown". Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  20. ^ recent MacDowell Colony Fellows "... nearly completed her first feature film, which is based in the world of her second documentary The Order of Myths for which she completed a second draft. She used the time to get feedback from other filmmakers and readers and to prepare some of the interviews for the hybrid aspect of her film. She also worked on developing documentary projects."

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