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Dustin Morrow
Dustin Morrow

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Dustin Morrow is an award-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 holds an MFA from the Department of Cinematic Arts at the University of Iowa and is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Film at Portland State University. He previously taught at Temple University, Monmouth College, and the University of Iowa. Before re-entering academia, he was an editor and director of short-form projects and series television in Los Angeles, for such clients as MTV, the Discovery Channel, FoxSports and Sony Pictures. 


Prof. Morrow’s films have won numerous awards and been shown in venues around the world. Among his recent works are a feature-film contemporary musical called Everything Went Down, which was the subject of a TED Talk and has screened at film festivals around the world, taken Best Film honors at five film festivals, and was streamed heavily on Hulu. Other recent projects include Dead Mall, an experimental documentary portrait of a failing Midwestern shopping mall, which premiered at Anthology Film Archives in New York City; Treetops, an experimental short that meditates on the limitations of digital filmmaking technologies, which has screened widely at international film festivals; and Black Pool, a feature-length political thriller shot partially in Dublin and Belfast. His textbook Producing for TV and New Media (Focal Press) has been adopted by colleges and universities nationwide. His book Kathleen Turner on Acting (Skyhorse Press), a collaboration with the legendary actress, was published in 2018. Prof. Morrow has received grants for his work totaling more than half a million dollars. 


Prof. Morrow was the Director of the Greenfield Youth Film Festival in Philadelphia for several years, and is the founding Director of the Portland Music Video Festival. A passionate advocate of study-away education, Prof. Morrow has during his summers run programs for Temple University in London and Dublin, as well as taught documentary filmmaking in Northern Ireland. Recently, he directed the University of Oregon’s film-centered summer program in Ireland, and designed and directed a program for PSU incorporating both film studies and production in New York City.


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