Morgan Neville

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Morgan Neville
Neville smiling
Neville at the Deauville
American Film Festival
in 2013
Born (1967-10-10) October 10, 1967 (age 56)
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania
Occupation(s)Film producer, director and writer
Years active1993–present
Notable work20 Feet from Stardom
Best of Enemies
Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Morgan Neville (born October 10, 1967)[1] is an American film producer, director, and writer. His acclaimed film 20 Feet from Stardom won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2014 as well as a Grammy Award for Best Music Film. His documentary Best of Enemies, on the debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, was shortlisted for the 2016 Academy Award and won an Emmy Award. His 2018 film Won't You Be My Neighbor?, a documentary about Fred Rogers, received critical acclaim and became the highest-grossing biographical documentary of all time.[2]

Neville has been nominated for five additional Grammys for films including Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story, Muddy Waters: Can’t Be Satisfied, Johnny Cash’s America, and The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. Neville’s other films include The Cool School, Shotgun Freeway, Keith Richards: Under the Influence, and, as producer, Miss Americana, Beauty Is Embarrassing, and Crossfire Hurricane.

For television, Neville directed and executive produced the series Ugly Delicious, Abstract: The Art of Design, Chelsea Does, Shangri-La, and Song Exploder.

Biography and career[edit]

Neville was born in Los Angeles, California, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and originally worked as a journalist in New York City and San Francisco[3] before moving into film production in 1993. He founded Tremolo Productions in 1999 and continues to run it today.

Neville's films focus on culture, and especially on music. Speaking about his 2016 film The Music of Strangers, Neville said "The best thing about it for me as a filmmaker ... is that not only do I get to indulge my musical love, but that music is, to me, the most amazing Trojan horse to tell any other kind of story. The best music films are not about music ... Music is just the language we're speaking to tell a story about culture."[4]

Since finding success with his music-related documentaries, Neville has focused on other aspects of culture, such as politics and media. In a 2014 blog post on the International Documentary Association's website, Neville wrote that he is drawn to "how a smaller story can be a perfect window into conflicts within the human condition."[5] His 2015 film Best of Enemies examines the televised debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley and serves as a timely investigation into politics and media. His film Won't You Be My Neighbor, about legendary television host Fred Rogers, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews, and focuses on the power that kindness and understanding can have in a community, whether real or imagined.

Personal life[edit]

Neville lives in Pasadena, California with his wife and two children.[citation needed]

Filmography (as director)[edit]

Feature-length films[edit]



  1. ^ "Morgan Neville Biography (1967–)". 2014. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  2. ^ "Won't You Be My Neighborhood Is the Top Grossing Biodoc of All Time". The Hollywood Reporter. July 27, 2018.
  3. ^ "Morgan Neville". Tremolo Productions. 2014. Archived from the original on February 27, 2014. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  4. ^ "A Music Documentary Is 'A Trojan Horse,' Says Oscar Winner Morgan Neville". Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  5. ^ "Ali-Foreman, 40 Years Later: Morgan Neville on 'When We Were Kings'". International Documentary Association. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  6. ^ Nolfi, Joey (April 20, 2021). "Anthony Bourdain documentary to premiere at Tribeca Film Festival". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 23, 2021.
  7. ^ Canfield, David (January 30, 2024). "Steve Martin Gets the Documentary Treatment in Steve!—And He Doesn't Hold Back". Vanity Fair. Retrieved January 31, 2024.
  8. ^ Carey, Matthew (February 4, 2023). "Paul McCartney's Decade-Long Creative Surge Post-Beatles To Be Explored In 'Man On The Run' From Oscar Winner Morgan Neville". Deadline. Retrieved February 6, 2023.

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