Amhalise Morgan
Director

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Amhalise Morgan is an award winning Director whose entry into film was through working as a Casting Director in NYC for over 20 years. In that long career she worked with some of the most prolific directors, found talent for commercials for some of the world’s most prestigious brands and cast music videos for some of the most sought after artists.

In 2017 she took the leap to directing and completed her first short film These 3 Waters  which was an official selection at the 2018 Blow-Up International Arthouse Film Festival in Chicago and won Best Experimental Short at the 2019 Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival.
This piece was also included in a group art show in 2021 in Brooklyn and jointly hosted online on v21 artspace.

In 2018 in addition to creating a content film for Brooklyn based jewelry designer Sade gold. she completed her second short film WORDS starring Nicholas Pinnock and Djaka Souare which was a Finalist at the New York Cinematography Awards 2020, Official Selection at the 2020 Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival, 2020 Bridges International Film Festival in Greece, 2021 Kalakari Film Fest in India as well as a Semi-Finalist at the 2022 Rio de Janeiro World Film Festival

In 2019 she created a short film starring artist Cassi A. Namoda while vacationing in Mallorca, titled The Exiled Heart which is an Official Selection at the 2020 International Mobile Film Festival, 2020 Bridges International Film Festival in Greece, the 2020 African Smartphone International Film Festival as well as the 2022 Masters of Cinema International Film Festival (Rome, Italy).

She also teamed up with Nicholas Pinnock again to complete, In The Room which also features Tony Award winning actor Denis O’Hare.

In 2020 she directed a music video for Shabazz Palaces while in quarantine with footage shot in Ontario Canada, Toronto Canada, Seattle and her home in Brooklyn New York which is an Official Selection at the 2021 Kalakari Film Fest in India, the 2021 Berlin Lift-Off Film Festival, the 2021 Every Leaf Film Festival in Mérida, Yucatán Mexico as well as being a Semi-Finalist at the 2021 BLOW-UP International Arthouse Film Festival.

In 2021 while in Mérida, Yucatán Mexico at the 2021 Every Leaf Film Festival she shot footage and returned to New York and worked with her editor/collaborator Barbary and created the short, Thought’s Tempo Change with Tamara Taylor lending her voice for the voice over which was a Finalist in the 2021 Boden International Film Festival in Sweden as well an Official Selection at the 2022 Bridges International Film Festival in Greece.

Completed in 2022 Amhalise created a short film for the artist, Yamila Diaz Rahi which was featured on Short Verse, from the creators of Short of the Week as well as being an Official Selection at the 2022 Lift Off Film Festival London, Official Selection at the 2022 Scarab Short Film Festival in Dubai and a Winner at the 2022 Cannes Shorts Film Festival in the South of France