In this episode of Directing Magic; Morgan Dameron, director of DIFFERENT FLOWERS and former assistant to J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Trek, et. al), joins Marquette. They discuss what if was like to produce and direct your first feature while working full-time and returning to her showcasing her hometown Kansas City, MO through her film.
Morgan Dameron is a writer, director and producer who has always blazed her own path. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Dameron was awarded the Women in Film and Television in Kansas City’s “Trailblazer Award” for Up and Coming Women in Film while still in high school. She received a Trustee scholarship to the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, where she graduated summa cum laude. Her award-winning short films have been selected for film festivals worldwide. After graduating, she worked at Bad Robot Productions under J.J. Abrams on such films as STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS, and STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. She has directed groundbreaking digital series and branded content garnering millions of views. Her first feature film, DIFFERENT FLOWERS premiered to sold-out audiences at the 2017 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The film received rave reviews during its national theatrical release. Dameron was selected for Ryan Murphy’s HALF Foundation Directing Fellowship. Ten years after receiving her first award, Kansas City Women in Film and Television recently honored her with the “Spirit of Kansas City” award for her work bringing film production to her hometown. She lives in Los Angeles with at least three ukuleles.