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 10-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.
Morris’ books A Wilderness of Error and Believing is Seeing: Observations on the Mysteries of Photography have been New York Times bestsellers. Since 2007, Morris has been writing on issues in photography for The New York Times website. His blog was the winner of a Cleopatra award from the American Historian Association.
Morris has directed over 1,000 television commercials, including campaigns for Apple, Citibank, Cisco Systems, Intel, American Express, Nike, Target, General Motors, Levi’s, 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. Last year 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: 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