Brett Morgen

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Brett Morgen
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Born
Brett D. Morgen

(1968-10-11) October 11, 1968 (age 50)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater
OccupationFilm director, producer
Spouse(s)Debra Eisenstadt
Children3

Brett D. Morgen (born October 11, 1968)[1] is an American documentary film director, producer, writer, and editor. Morgen was born in Los Angeles, California in 1968. He was named after USC football lineman Britt Williams, who was team captain in 1961, but his parents misspelled the name. He was raised in Studio City, California.[2] According to Morgen, he knew he wanted to be a filmmaker at a young age.[3]

Career[edit]

Morgen made Ollie's Army while a student at New York University. The film focuses on the exploits of the James Madison University college Republicans during Oliver North's senatorial campaign of 1994.[4][5]

On the Ropes was nominated for an Academy Award in 2000 for Best Documentary. The boxing documentary was directed by Morgen and Nanette Burstein, and examined the lives of three aspiring prizefighters and their coach. Although it did not win an Academy Award, the film did win a number of awards, including Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary by the Directors Guild of America.[6]

The Kid Stays in the Picture is a documentary biopic about film producer Robert Evans, focusing on his major hits, like The Godfather, and his tumultuous personal life. Once again, Morgen teamed with Nanette Burstein.[7]

Chicago 10 is a film about the Chicago Eight. The film uses animation and celebrity voice-overs from Hank Azaria, Dylan Baker, Nick Nolte, Mark Ruffalo, Roy Scheider, Liev Schreiber, James Urbaniak, and Jeffrey Wright.[8]

June 17th, 1994 aired on ESPN as an episode of 30 for 30 and featured on-air commentary by Morgen. It was the only 30 for 30 episode to date that included no interviews or voice-overs, consisting solely of the actual TV footage on June 17, 1994. This was the date of the O.J. Simpson slow-moving police chase, and the other important sports stories of that day that were mostly ignored, due to the American public's fascination with Simpson.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Morgen lives in Rockaway, Queens, New York with his wife, Debra Eisenstadt, and three children.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Feature-length films[edit]

Television series[edit]

  • On Tour (1997)
  • Say It Loud (2001)
  • "Nimrod Nation" (2007) Won Peabody Award (2008)
  • Marvel's Runaways (2017)

Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2018 Jane American Cinema Editors Eddie Award for Best Edited Documentary Feature Won
2018 Jane BAFTA Film Award for Best Documentary Nominated [11]
2018 Jane Cinema Eye Audience Choice Award Won [12]
2018 Jane Copenhagen International Documentary Festival Politiken's Audience Award Nominated
2018 Jane Gold Derby Award for Best Documentary Feature Nominated
2018 Jane International Online Cinema Award for Best Documentary Nominated
2018 Jane OFTA Best Documentary Picture Nominated
2018 Jane Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming Won [13]
2018 Jane Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program Nominated
2018 Jane Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming Nominated
2018 Jane Primetime Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking Nominated
2018 Jane Producers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures Nominated
2018 Jane Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival WWF Award Nominated
2018 Jane Writers Guild of America Award for Best Documentary Screenplay Won[14]
2017 Jane Amsterdam International Film Festival Audience Favorite Award Nominated
2017 Jane Awards Circuit Community Award for Best Documentary Feature Nominated
2017 Jane BFI London Film Festival Grierson Award for Best Documentary Won
2017 Jane Zelda Penzel Giving Voice to the Voiceless Award Nominated
2017 Jane Philadelphia Film Festival Student Choice Award Won
2016 Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck American Cinema Editors Eddie Award for Best Edited Documentary Feature Nominated
2016 Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck Cinema Eye Audience Choice Award Nominated
2016 Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck Cinema Eye Honors Award for Outstanding Achievement in Editing Nominated
2016 Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck Seattle Film Critics Award Nominated
2016 Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck Writers Guild of America Award for Best Documentary Screenplay Nominated
2015 Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck Ashland Independent Film Award for Best Editing: Feature Length Documentary Won
2015 Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck International Documentary Association Creative Recognition Award for Best Editing Won
2015 Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming Nominated
2015 Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming Nominated
2015 Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special Nominated
2015 Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming Nominated
2013 Crossfire Hurricane FOCAL Award for Best Use of Footage in a Production Featuring Music Won
2009 Chicago 10 Writers Guild of America Award for Best Documentary Screenplay Nominated
2008 Chicago 10 Cinema Eye Honors Award for Outstanding Achievement in Production Nominated
2008 Chicago 10 SLFCA Award Best Animated Film Nominated
2007 Chicago 10 Silver Hugo Award for Best Documentary Feature Won
2003 The Kid Stays in the Picture International Online Cinema Award for Best Documentary Nominated
2003 The Kid Stays in the Picture OFTA Film Award Nominated
2000 On the Ropes Academy Awards Best Documentary Feature Nominated [15]
2000 On the Ropes Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary Won
2000 On the Ropes Film Independent Spirit Truer Than Fiction Award Nominated
1999 On the Ropes International Documentary Association Award for Best Documentary Feature Won
1999 On the Ropes Silver Spire Award for Film & Video - Society and Culture Won
1999 On the Ropes Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Documentary Won
1999 On the Ropes Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for Documentary Nominated
1999 On the Ropes Taos Talking Picture Festival Land Grant Award Nominated
1999 On the Ropes Urbanworld Film Festival Jury Prize for Best Documentary Won
1996 Ollie's Army UFVA Film Festival First Prize Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brett D Morgen, Born 10/11/1968 in Los Angeles County, California". The California Birth Index. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  2. ^ Brett Morgen: The Making of ‘Montage of Heck’s Mad Scientist-Uproxx
  3. ^ a b Director’s Suite New York Times, November 13, 2009
  4. ^ "Movie Reviews". nytimes.com. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  5. ^ Cinema Texas Austin Chronicle September 27, 1996
  6. ^ "On the Ropes". Retrieved 26 September 2018 – via www.imdb.com.
  7. ^ "The Kid Stays in the Picture". Retrieved 26 September 2018 – via www.imdb.com.
  8. ^ "Chicago 10". Retrieved 26 September 2018 – via www.imdb.com.
  9. ^ "June 17th, 1994". Retrieved 26 September 2018 – via www.imdb.com.
  10. ^ 2018 Creative Arts Emmys: Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program-Television Academy
  11. ^ 2018 Film Documentary-BAFTA Awards
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards: The Complete List of Winners
  14. ^ Brett Morgen wins the 2018 Writers Guild Documentary Screenplay Award for Jane-WGA West
  15. ^ Documentary Winners: 2000 Oscars-YouTube

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