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Jennifer Morrison

director/actress Sun Dogs; actress Once Upon a Time, Warrior, House

Actress, director, and producer, Jennifer Morrison, continues to have her plate full with numerous television and film projects.  In April 2016, she launched her own production banner, Apartment 3C Productions. The first full length feature film under the new company is Sun Dogs, which Morrison directed. “Sun Dogs” is written by Anthony Tambakis and stars Michael Angarano, Melissa Benoist, Allison Janney and Ed O’Neill. The film will premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Sunday, June 18th.

Morrison was seen previously onstage in the Off-Broadway production of “The End of Longing” in the role of “Stephanie.” Written by Matthew Perry, the play followed the story of an alcoholic, an escort, a self-diagnosed neurotic and a well-intentioned dimwit. Broken and deeply flawed, they found their lives irreversibly entwined no matter how hard they tried to break free of one another.

 Morrison wrapped six seasons as the star of ABC’s hit drama series Once Upon a Time as ‘Emma Swan,’ a woman with a troubled past who was drawn into a small town in Maine where the magic of Fairy Tales became real.  

Morrison’s first foray into directing was with her first short film, “Warning Labels,” which imagined world wherein everyone wears a warning label with their deepest secret. “Warning Labels” premiered in the short film program at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2015. She followed up this project by directing four individual music videos for the English alt-rock band, Wild Wild Horses, which combined to create the “Demon Days” short film starring Rose McIver and Geoff Stults. The “Demon Days” short film has been viewed over 1,000,000 times to date.  Morrison was honored last year at the HollyShorts Film Festival with the Trailblazer Award for her work on directing this film.

Recently, Morrison wrapped production on Alex Pettyfer’s directorial debut “Back Roads.” Based on the 1999 debut novel of the same name by American author Tawni O’Dell, the film tells the story of Harley Altmyer (Pettyfer), who finds himself caring for his three younger sisters following the death of their abusive father and imprisonment of their mother for his murder. Altmyer’s life takes a dangerous turn when he develops a relationship with Callie Mercer (Morrison) a married mother of two, and a series of staggering family secrets threatens to consume him. She also wrapped production on Sam Levinson’s “Assassination Nation” which follows for teenage girls in a small suburb who become the focus of unwanted worldwide media attention after their personal information is leaked by an anonymous hacker. Hari Nef, Suki Waterhouse, Odessa Young and Abra also star. 

In 2015, Morrison wrapped the horror film, Amityville: The Awakening, with Jennifer Jason Leigh. This next installment of the Amnityville series is directed by Franck Khalfoun and will be released by The Weinstein Company in January 2016. Morrison also co-starred in the Greg Mclean directed The Darkness opposite Kevin Bacon, which was released by Blumhouse Productions last May. The horror thriller follows a family returning from a vacation with a fear-feeding supernatural presence tailing them.

            Morrison was seen in the independent film Alpha Alert which was released on June 17th, 2014.  Alpha Alert is a thriller helmed by British director Matthew Thompson. Morrison stars opposite James Frain and Josh Steward as ‘White,’ one of three soldiers trapped in an elevator after terrorists set off a dirty bomb. After escaping, ‘White’ discovers that the world she once knew no longer exists.

Morrison also co-starred in the independent feature film, The List, opposite Patrick Fugit. The List is a comedy directed by Harris Goldberg and follows a young man (Fugit) who works on fulfilling a self-improvement list to land the woman of his dreams (Morrison). The List was released in 2015.

In 2013, Morrison was seen in the independent film adaptation of Neil LeBute’s Some Girl(s). Some Girl(s) followed a man set on making amends with his ex-girlfriends on the eve of his wedding. Morrison co-starred opposite Adam Brody as his first ex-girlfriend, ‘Sam,’ the former high school sweetheart he was afraid to settle down with. Some Girl(s) is directed by Daisy von Scherler Mayer and LaBute adapted the script as well as produced the film. The film premiered at SXSW and also stars Emily Watson, Kristen Bell and Zoe Kazan and was released simultaneously in theaters and on Vimeo’s new On Demand platform on June 28th, 2013.

Morrison also appeared in the independent feature film Knife Fight, directed by Bill Guttentag and produced by Guerrino De Luca.  Knife Fight premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was released in January 2013. The film centered on a young political crisis manager who learned a valuable lesson in believing in the most unlikely of people.

In September 2011, Morrison appeared in the Lionsgate feature Warrior opposite Nick Nolte, Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton. The film was directed by Gavin O’Connor and centered on two brothers in the competitive world of mixed martial arts.

Also adept at television, Morrison is best known for her work as ‘Dr. Allison Cameron’ on FOX’s critically acclaimed drama, House. The show was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2009 as well as a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series in 2009, 2008, 2007 & 2006 and a Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama in 2008.  Morrison was nominated for a 2008 WIN Award for Outstanding Actress Drama Series for House. She also had a notable recurring guest appearance on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother as ‘Zooey,’ a love interest of ‘Ted,’ played by Josh Radnor. 

Other film credits include J.J. Abrams’ film Star Trek, wherein she played ‘Winona Kirk’, ‘Captain James Kirk’s’ mother; the 20th Century Fox film Mr. and Mrs. Smith, with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie; Dreamworks’ Surviving Christmas starring Ben Affleck and Christina Applegate; and the independent film Flourish which she starred in and produced. 

Now residing in New York, Morrison hails from Chicago, where she studied with the celebrated Steppenwolf Theatre Company and earned a degree in theater from Loyola University.       

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