Dubbed the “mad scientist” of documentary film by the New York Times, Brett Morgen has been directing, writing, and producing ground breaking documentary films for the past 15 years. His credits include ON THE ROPES (1999), THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE (2002), CHICAGO 10 (2007), NIMROD NATION (2008), JUNE 17, 1994 (2010), and CROSSFIRE HURRICANE (2012).
He is also a prolific commercial director who has directed over 150 spots for companies as diverse as GE, Nike, Dominos, ESPN, HSBC, and Marlboro.
|Morgen majored in American Mythology at Hampshire College and attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where he received an MFA in film in 1999. His thesis film, ON THE ROPES (1999), premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival, where it received the Special Jury Award. The film went on to win several awards and honors including an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary of 1999, the 1999 Directors’ Guild of America Award for Outstanding Direction in a Documentary, the International Documentary Association award for Best Film of the year, and an Independent Spirit Award nomination. It was one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year.
His next film, THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE, became a world-wide sensation when it premiered at the Cannes film festival in 2002. Morgen wrote, produced, and directed the adaptation of Bob Evan’s infamous memoirs. It was named one of the best films of 2002 by Entertainment Weekly and over 50 publications. It was also selected as Best Documentary of 2002 by the Boston Film Critics, Seattle Film Critics, Washington DC film critics and the 2002 Golden Satelite Award for Best Documentary. It was released by Focus Features in the States.
|In 2007 Morgen released CHICAGO 10, which was selected to be the opening film at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Morgen wrote, directed, and produced the film that was released by Roadside Attractions and distributed by Paramount Home Video. The film received several awards and honors including Emmy, WGA, and ACE nominations. It is considered to be one of the first animated documentaries of it’s kind.
Morgen has created and executive produced several television series and events. In 2008, he won his first Peabody Award for the Sundance Channel series NIMROD NATION. The film was hailed as one of the best series of 2008 by the Los Angeles Times and the Television Critics Association.
In 2010, Morgen directed and produced JUNE 17, 1994 as part of ESPN’s 30 For 30 series. Morgen and the film received two Emmy nominations as well as a series Peabody Award.
Morgen’s most recent film, the Rolling Stones documentary CROSSFIRE HURRICANE will be released worldwide in the fall of 2012. It will have its broadcast premiere on HBO later that year.