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Errol Morris (Film Director and Author)

Roger Ebert has said, “After twenty years of reviewing films, I haven't found another filmmaker who intrigues me more…Errol Morris is like a magician, and as great a filmmaker as Hitchcock or Fellini.” 

Morris’ films have won many awards, including an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, an Emmy, the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival, the Silver Bear at Berlin International Film Festival, the Golden Horse at the Taiwan International Film Festival and the Edgar from the Mystery Writers of America.  His documentaries have repeatedly appeared on many ten best lists and have been honored by the National Society of Film Critics and the National Board of Review.  His work has been the subject of a full retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1999. Roger Ebert, in fact, has placed Morris’ first feature Gates of Heaven on his list of the 10 Best Films of All Time.

In his latest film, The Unknown Known (April 4, 2014), Morris explores the long political history and the worldview of Donald Rumsfeld, as the two-time former secretary of defense himself describes it. Through dozens of hours of interview footage and thousands of Rumsfeld's memos (many of which have never before been released), Morris puts on display the dizzying, Carrollian illogic used by members of the Bush administration to justify war in Iraq.

Morris's latest book, A Wilderness of Error:  The Trial of Jeffrey MacDonald was released September, 2012 (Paperback: January, 2014).  A New York Times bestseller, the book examines the nature of evidence and proof in the notorious MacDonald murders.  His previous book, Believing is Seeing: Observations on the Mysteries of Photography, was also a New York Times bestseller and a New York Times notable book of 2011.

Morris has directed over 1000 television commercials, including campaigns for Apple, Citibank, Cisco Systems, Intel, American Express, Nike, Target, General Motors, Levis and Miller High Life.  Morris also directed short films for the 2002 and 2007 Academy Awards as well as for charitable and political organizations such as Stand Up to Cancer and Moveon.org.  In 2011 he directed They Were There, a film to commemorate IBM’s Centennial.  In 2000-2001, Morris directed two seasons of the television series, First Person

Morris has received five fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2007, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a graduate student at Princeton University and the University of California-Berkeley.

Filmography:
The Unknown Known (2013)
Tabloid (2010)
Standard Operating Procedure (2008)
The Fog of War (2003)
Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999)
Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997)
A Brief History of Time (1992)
The Thin Blue Line (1988)
Vernon, Florida (1981)
Gates of Heaven (1978)

Books:
A Wilderness of Error: The Trials of Jeffrey MacDonald, 2012
Believing is Seeing: Observations on the Mysteries of Photography, 2011
Standard Operating Procedure (with Philip Gourevitch), 2008

Television:
First Person (2000-2002)

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