I BELIEVE IN THE NARRATIVE ABOVE ALL ELSE AND AM MOST INSPIRED WHEN I’M OUT OF MY ELEMENT.
I AM INTRIGUED BY THE DICHOTOMY BETWEEN REAL AND IMAGINED, PERHAPS BECAUSE TRUTH CAN BE DECEPTIVE.
I AM ESPECIALLY DRAWN TO STORIES THAT RIDE A FINE LINE BETWEEN HOPE AND DESPAIR.
Cinematographer Rachel Morrison has emerged as a refreshing young talent at the forefront of independent cinema, channeling each story’s core emotion into arresting imagery. Her work has a haunting quality at times and a beautiful elegance at others.
In just one short year, Morrison graduated from the "Breaking Through" Section of the 2012 Below-the-Line Impact Report to being listed amongst seasoned DP Veterans Roger Deakins and Rodrigo Prieto in the 2013 Below-the-Line Impact Report.
This past June, Morrison was honored at the Women-in-Film Crystal + Lucy Awards, where she was the recipient of the Kodak Vision Award for her outstanding achievements in cinematography. She was also recognized by Indiewire's "On the Rise: 5 Cinematographers To Watch in 2013."
Morrison has lensed six Sundance premieres in the past five years; among these are FRUITVALE STATION starring Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer, winner of both the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize for Best Picture, LITTLE ACCIDENTS starring Elizabeth Banks, Josh Lucas, Boyd Holbrook and Chloe Sevigny which will see an early 2015 release, SOUND OF MY VOICE released by Fox Searchlight and TIM AND ERIC'S BILLION DOLLAR MOVIE released by Magnolia. In 2012, she also saw ANY DAY NOW premiere at Tribeca Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award for Best Picture. The film won eight other Audience Awards on the festival circuit before its November 2012 release.
She has garnered numerous awards for her imagery, including an Outstanding Cinematography Emmy Nomination for her work on Showtime’s RIKER'S HIGH, a documentary about the high school within the Riker’s Island prison system.
Rachel’s work has been featured on most major TV networks including HBO, SHOWTIME, ABC, and CBS.
Since completing her MFA in Cinematography at the American Film Institute, Morrison has photographed twelve features, ten in the last four years.
From New York to Los Angeles, the desert of Qatar to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Morrison has traversed the globe with an eye attuned to the beauty, sorrow and emotion of the shared human experience.