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Morris has produced over fifty films including Glengarry Glen Ross, The Man from Elysian Fields, Price of Glory, Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School, The Visit, The Signal, Weirdsville and Master Harold & The Boys. Three of his films have premiered at Sundance; six have premiered at The Toronto International Film Festival; he's produced the opening night film at Slamdance; and High Life was his first film to premiere at Berlinale. Morris' films have been oft-feted as well: The Visit was nominated for four Spirit Awards, The Signal was nominated for The Cassavetes Spirit Award and Al Pacino was nominated for an Academy Award as best supporting actor in Glengarry.

Morris established his own production company, Shoreline Entertainment, in 1992, which expanded to include a sales and distribution arm in 1997 and a management arm in 2009.

Morris's company has arranged distribution for hundreds of films, many of which have also been recognized in major film festivals around the world. Shoreline has fostered an active Spanish-language slate, including the Chilean festival darling La Nana (nominated for a Golden Globe) and Paraguayan hit 7 Cajas (screened at over 110 film festivals). As a result, Shoreline has built a Latin American management branch. By consistently working with prominent writers and directors and by developing and acquiring projects that are attractive to the mini-majors and foreign markets alike, Morris has ensured for over twenty five years that Shoreline remains a stable yet versatile and ever-evolving organization.

Morris has just finished production on Ladies in Black, directed by Bruce Beresford and starring Julia Ormond, and is also in post on Dreamland, directed by Bruce McDonald and starring Juliette Lewis.

He is also active in supporting up and coming filmmakers in the industry; prominent contributions include being an industry guest at the co-production forum at the Venice Film Festival, holding round tables at The Cannes Film Festival, the authorship of the foreword for the second edition of "The Independent Filmmaker's Guide to Writing a Business Plan for Investors" and hosting an industry panel at the SXSW Film Festival.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Shoreline Entertainment

Trivia (1)

The Signal premiered at Sundance and Weirdsville premiered at Slamdance in the same year -- 2007. Morris has also had Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School and The Man From Elysian Fields in Sundance. He has produced close to forty films. Sister Susan Ruskin executive-produced Anaconda; sister Cindy Ruskin wrote The Quilt: Stories from the NAMES project which was the basis for the Academy Award winning documentary Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt. Cousin Peggy Stern also won an Academy Award for best animated short film with the "The Moon and the Son.".

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