Scott Morris is a seasoned filmmaker with over 40 years of experience. His latest project is American River, a cinematic adventure about 4-day kayak trip down one of the most historic and neglected waterways in the country. Completed in 2021, the award-winning 86-minute feature has been screened widely and is currently distributed by American Public Television. For more information, visit www.americanriver.film.
Scott’s previous one-hour documentary, Saving The Great Swamp: Battle to Defeat the Jetport, is currently distributed nationally by American Public Television. Narrated by Blythe Danner, the award-winning 60-minute film chronicles the historic struggle to preserve a rural area of New Jersey between 1959 and 1968. Visit www.savingthegreatswamp.com.
Morris produced, directed and edited From The Ashes: The Life and Times of Tick Hall, the acclaimed one-hour documentary about the re-creation of an historic seaside home destroyed by fire. Featuring talk-show host Dick Cavett, the film premiered primetime on Thirteen/WNET and was distributed by American Public Television.
PROJECTS AND CLIENTS
In the 80’s and 90’s, Morris worked as a producer, director, writer and editor for numerous clients and formed Scott Morris Productions. The company produced dozens of award-winning films and videos for major corporations and non-profit organizations.
Career highlights include: The Making of Luxor, about building the prototype 30-story glass pyramid in Las Vegas and the creation of its high-tech attractions; The Ghana Chimpanzee Project, an affecting fundraiser for an animal rights group and winner of a 2000 Gold Hugo at Chicago Intercom; and Imaging and Imagination for Eastman Kodak, about the first digital imaging technology. The film won Gold Cameras for Direction and Marketing at the US International Film and Video Festival.
As a film editor, Scott cut widely-seen independent films including the Academy Award winning short, Molly’s Pilgrim, directed by Jeff Brown, the Emmy Award winning Revenge of the Sons of the Desert for producer Sandy Marshall, and On Dancing Isadora’s Dances, featuring Annabelle Gamson and broadcast on PBS Dance In America. He also edited long-form documentaries for A&E Biography, Lifetime Television and Discovery Channel.
Scott began his career as an independent filmmaker, exploring different types of media and genres including clay animation, dramatic short subjects and documentaries. His animated film, The Intruder, was shown at the New York Film Festival and on PBS, won a Cine Golden Eagle, and earned him a chapter in the book, “Young Animators.”
In 1975, Morris received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to create a series of upbeat, short documentaries about street festivals in New York, culminating with a half-hour film about the Bicentennial Celebration in Manhattan. The films were shown on HBO, SHOWTIME, and in the “What’s Happening” series at the Museum of Modern Art.