Dustin Morrow is an Emmy-winning filmmaker, author, programmer and educator. As a media artist, his works frequently explore issues of and relationships between landscape/space and personal, communal and cultural identities; the relationship between music and the moving image; intersections of traditional cinema and new media; the actor-director relationship; and genre filmmaking. He was born and raised in western Illinois, and received his MFA in Cinema from the University of Iowa. He is currently an Associate Professor of Film at Portland State University in Portland, OR, where he teaches courses in digital cinema production and film studies. He previously taught at Temple University in Philadelphia, Monmouth College in Illinois, and at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.
Professor Morrow’s films have won numerous awards and been shown in venues around the world. He has written about film and pop culture for a host of publications, and his photographs have been featured in a number of exhibition spaces. Before re-entering academia, Morrow was an editor and director of short-form projects and series television in Los Angeles, for such clients as MTV and the Discovery Channel, and such filmmakers as Michael Apted, Kathy Bates, Spike Jonze and Steven Soderbergh. He continues to operate his own independent production company, Little Swan Pictures, for which recent projects have taken him as far away as the Aleutian Sea.
Among his recent works are a feature-film contemporary musical called 'Everything Went Down', which was the subject of a TED Talk by Professor Morrow, screened at film festivals across America took Best Film honors at five film festivals, and became a runaway success on Hulu. Other recent projects include 'Ground London', an experimental documentary short exploring the British capital’s urban landscapes; an anthology of short films examining Irish identity entitled 'Firinne: Searching for Ireland', which has screened in festivals and museums in the U.S. and Ireland; 'The Marriage of Figaro', a production of the classic opera produced for Comcast Television; 'Laptop', a short documentary about electronic music which premiered at M.I.T. in Cambridge; and 'Film versus Film', a cinema discussion forum produced as both a television series and a popular web series. In 2013, Focal Press published his textbook, 'Producing for TV and New Media'. Mr. Morrow is currently writing a book about stage and screen acting with the legendary actress Kathleen Turner. Professor Morrow has received grants for his work totaling more than half a million dollars.
Mr. Morrow was the Director of the Greenfield Youth Film Festival in Philadelphia for three years. The Greenfield Youth Film Festival is among the largest youth-centered film education programs in the world. Presently he is the Founder/Director of the Portland Music Video Festival, one of the only festivals in the world dedicated exclusively to the art and craft of music videos. He has also programmed for the Hollywood Theater in Portland, the Portland Film Festival, and the Reel Music Festival. He is an in-demand speaker at conferences, film festivals and workshops nationwide about issues related to film production and scholarship.
A passionate advocate of study-away education, Professor Morrow has during his summers run several programs in London and Dublin, as well as taught documentary filmmaking in Northern Ireland. At Temple University, he authored a new certificate program in Globalization and Intercultural Communication. He is currently developing a film-centered program that will run for two weeks during the summer in New York City, and he directed the University of Oregon’s cinema studies summer program in Dublin in 2015.
Learn more about Professor Morrow and his work at www.dustinmorrow.com.
Name: Dustin Morrow
Lives in: Portland, Oregon
Company: Portland State University
Occupation: Director, Screenwriter and Author
University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)