Brett D. Morgen's master class in “Cinema Verite”
Brett D. Morgen will hold an online master class in Iran International Documentary Film Festival known as “Cinema Verite” in Tehran.
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.
According to Morgen, he knew he wanted to be a filmmaker at a young age.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. His films and TV series are as follows:
-Ollie's Army (1996)
-On the Ropes (1999) (Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature nomination)
-The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)
-The Sweet Science (2003)
-Chicago 10 (2007)
-Truth in Motion (2010)
-June 17th, 1994 (2010) (30 for 30)
-Crossfire Hurricane (2012)
-Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015) (Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program nomination)
-Jane (2017) (Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program winner)
-On Tour (1997)
-Say It Loud (2001)
-"Nimrod Nation" (2007) Won Peabody Award (2008)
-Marvel's Runaways (2017)
Directed by Mohammad Hamidi-Moqadam, the “Cinema Verite” is scheduled to be held in Tehran on Dec 8-14, 2020 in online format via utilizing the national platform.
The national competition section comprises the short, mid-length and feature-length documentaries and the international section of this edition will be held in non-competition format due to the spread of coronavirus.
The international section of the festival also enjoys numerous non-competition sections such Special Displays, Mirror of a Festival, Portrait, Perspective of One Country Documentary Cinema, Chile Documentary Cinema, Masters of 2020 as well as 13 Editions & 13 Films.