Who We Are

Beth Murphy


Beth Murphy
Beth founded Principle Pictures in 1999 to do what she loves doing most: meeting inspiring people, telling great stories, and using media as a catalyst for good. She enjoys connecting with audiences and connecting audiences in meaningful ways with our world. Beth has led production crews to all corners of the world, often in war-torn or developing countries in order to focus on human rights and international issues.

She has directed, produced, written (and in some cases narrated) nearly 20 documentary films for national and international media outlets including The Sundance Channel, The History Channel, Discovery International, Lifetime Television, The Sundance Channel, Discovery Health, PBS, NHK, and numerous international outlets. For her work on BEYOND BELIEF (Tribeca Film Festival, Sundance Channel), Beth received the One Shared World International Outreach Award from American Women in Radio and Television. She’s now running a nationwide impact campaign with the film designed to foster cross-cultural understanding in collaboration with the Fledgling Fund, Teachers College of Columbia University, PBS LearningMedia and the Mass Humanities Council.

Beth is the author of Fighting For Our Future (McGraw Hill, 2002), a companion book to her film with the same title. The book was heralded by the Library Journal as doing the cancer community “a vital service.” She is a contributing author of Open My Eyes, Open My Soul.

A Little More Personal

Beth’s grandfather was a boxer, and she teaches aerobics and spinning. She has her MA in Int’l Relations and International Communications from Boston University – her Dad’s alma mater, and studied documentary filmmaking at the George Washington University Documentary Center. She is on the boards of the International Institute of New England and the Woods Hole Film Festival. Beth lives on Cape Cod with her adventurous family – husband, Dennis, and daughter, Isabelle. She knows her mother’s meatballs are better than all the rest.


Books, books and more books. Most recently – 1Q84, Red Sorghum, The Sense of An Ending, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and God is Not Great. Inspirations beyond books: Intrepid travelers, loving parents, palindromes. Feeling the power of Cape L’Agulhas. Schubert’s Ave Maria and Eminem’s Lose Yourself. Remembering all the good these women did for others even when they were suffering: Randi Rosenberg, Tracy Pleva Hill and Wendy Jo Sperber.

Jody Santos

Director / Producer

Jody Santos is an award-winning journalist, author, and documentary filmmaker. She has reported for television, print news, and public radio for the last 20 years and has been producing and directing documentaries for PBS and cable networks like Discovery Health and the Hallmark Channel since 2000. She has traveled to more than a dozen countries across five continents, documenting everything from the trafficking of girls in Nepal to sustainable agriculture efforts in Rwanda and Nigeria.

As a special projects producer for Boston’s NBC news affiliate, she was nominated for an Emmy for a special report on an effort to rid the city’s streets of black market guns. She also won a Telly for a public television documentary on the rights of women in developing countries.

Jody teaches broadcast journalism and documentary film at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. Her book, Daring to Feel: Violence, the News Media, and Their Emotions, was released by Rowman & Littlefield in December 2009.

Nathan Tisdale

Production Manager / Associate Producer

Nathan joined Principle Pictures in 2011 as Production Manager and also serves as a cinematographer, editor and associate producer. Nathan was a camera operator and associate producer on the ITVS-funded feature THE LIST, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2012. He was an associate producer on both the short INSTALL and the upcoming WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS.