Morgan J. Freeman

Director, Production assistant
Like many future filmmakers, Morgan J Freeman began making home movies while still in his teens. In his case, these included shorts based on the popular 1980s NBC TV series "Miami Vice". The native California studied ... Read more »
Born: 12/05/1969 in Long Beach, California, USA

Filmography

Producer (13)

Teen Mom 2 2010 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Being Tyler Posey 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Smile 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

16 & Pregnant 2008 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Teen Mom 3 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

16 & Pregnant: Life After Labor 5 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Teen Mom: Catching up with the Girls of Teen Mom 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

16 & Pregnant: Life After Labor 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County 1999 - 2000, 2004 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Producer

Maui Fever 1999 - 2000, 2004 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Teen Mom 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Love is in the Heir 1999 - 2000, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Supervising Producer

Hurricane Streets 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (8)

Homecoming 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Taking the Stage 1999 - 2000, 2004 - 2005, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Born Killers 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Just Like the Son 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

American Psycho II: All American Girl 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Dawson's Creek 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Desert Blue 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Hurricane Streets 1998 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (3)

Just Like the Son 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Desert Blue 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hurricane Streets 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (1)

Discovered at Sundance 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Like many future filmmakers, Morgan J Freeman began making home movies while still in his teens. In his case, these included shorts based on the popular 1980s NBC TV series "Miami Vice". The native California studied film at UC Santa Barbara where he got to make his first short films. A sojourn in Paris, which included courses in film theory at the Sorbonne and a stint as a production assistant for Why Not Productions, followed before Freeman landed at NYU. While in the graduate program, he wrote and directed six short films and also made the acquaintance of Todd Solondz, who hired him as second assistant director on 1996's "Welcome to the Dollhouse". Based on the success of his short "Boom" (1996), Freeman was able to find investors for his first feature, "Hurricane Streets/Hurricane" (1997), a coming-of-age tale about a Manhattan teen caught up in gang activities. When it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, it won three prizes, including two for its writer-director. Although it had a good buzz based on the festival screening, the film barely registered when it debuted theatrically nearly a year later. By then, Freeman had moved on to his second feature, "Desert Blue" (1999), an off-beat look at teenagers in a small California town.

Relationships

Michelle Williams Actor

Companion
Met when he directed episodes of "Dawson's Creek" in 2000 No longer together

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York 1996
Made six short films

Sorbonne

Paris 1993
Made the short film "Godard disait que.."

University of California, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara , California 1992
Directed first two short films

Milestones

2009

Produced the MTV reality show "16 and Pregnant"

2009

Directed the thriller "Homecoming," starring Mischa Barton

2007

Created and executive produced the MTV reality series "Maui Fever"

2006

Debuted his film "Just Like the Son" at the Tribeca Film Festival

2004

Produced the groundbreaking MTV reality show "Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County"

2003

Helmed the independent feature "Piggy Banks," starring Gabriel Mann and Tom Sizemore

2001

Directed the direct-to-video sequel "American Psycho 2"

2000

Directed episodes of the teen hit "Dawson's Creek" for The WB

2000

Wrote and directed the feature length version of "The Cherry Picker" for Showtime"

1999

Wrote and directed second feature, "Desert Blue"

1999

Re-teamed with Chediak for the short film "The Cherry Picker"; co-starred Janeane Garofalo and Craig Bierko

1997

Made feature writing and directing debut with "Hurricane Streets/Hurricane"; shot by Chediak (released theatrically in 1998)

1996

First teaming with cinematographer Enrique Chediak, the short film "Boom"

1996

Served as second assistant director to Todd Solondz on "Welcome to the Dollhouse" and Michael Bergmann on "Milk and Money"

After college, worked as a production assistant at Why Not Productions in Paris, France

Directed six short films while at NYU

Began making films while still in high school; would create episodes based on the hit NBC series "Miami Vice"

Bonus Trivia

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Has no relation to the actor Morgan Freeman.

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