NEW YORK — Ashtabula native Jamie “Jam” Murphy takes another step in her acting career tonight as “Lake Pluto,” a sci-fi flick in which she played two roles, makes her debut at the Imagine This International Women’s Film Festival.
Murphy said the film was directed by director Biz Jones and most of the film crew were female.
The film features a clash between “Kore” and “the other Kore,” both played by Murphy, according to promotional information released by Jones.
“Viewers in New York can purchase tickets to watch the premiere live at Regal Essex Cinemas between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. for $17 on the festival website at itwiff.sparqfest.live. Additionally, viewers in 240 countries and territories can stream the film online,” the film’s information reads.
Murphy graduated from St. John’s High School. She is an international model appearing on billboards in Times Square and around the world for over a decade. During the pandemic, she began to act as another creative outlet.
Murphy said the film debuting tonight was made in 2021 in New York’s Catskill Mountains. She said the film has been accepted at three other film festivals, so the film can be seen in person in New York and Los Angeles later this year.
Managing two different careers can be a challenge, but things are working out well for Murphy.
“Having great agents helps me balance acting and modeling opportunities. So far, the decision is always loyalty to the regular client if things come up against each other,” she said.
Murphy played volleyball at St. John High School and graduated in 2005 before starting a personal training business and moving to Los Angeles. She eventually moved to New York in 2011 and has been modeling in the Big Apple ever since.
She said she took advantage of the time available during the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. She immersed herself in acting school and landed numerous film roles over the past two years.