Amhalise Morgan
Director

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Amhalise Morgan spent 20 years as a Casting Director in NYC working with such directors as Mark Romanek, Lance Accord, Yann Demange, Doug Liman, Tom Tagholm, Kahlil Joseph, Todd Field and John Hillcoat just to name a few. Her credits include music videos for: Lenny Kravitz, Whitney Houston, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Lauryn Hill, Common, Carlos Santana, AC/DC, Rihanna, Stevie Wonder and John Legend as well as countless others. Commercial credits include: Apple, Canon, Converse, Ford, Lincoln, Mercedes, Nike, EA, 7-Up, Adidas, Pantene and BMW.

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.

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, 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, 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 written by and starring Laksmi Hedemark, also featuring 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

Completed in 2022 Amhalise created an artist spotlight/content film for the artist, Yamila Diaz Rahi

Work









Shabazz Palaces
“Bad Bitch Walking”

Music video

Starring: Ish
Featuring: Stass Thee Boss
Dancer: Tanisha Scott
Model: Shernita Anderson
Producers: Ahmed Barbary & Amhalise Morgan
Seattle Footage shot by: Stephan Gray
Ontario Ocean Footage: Deborah Dew
Brooklyn Footage: Ahmed Barbary
Editor: Ahmed Barbary
Opening Poem Courtesy of Poet: Pavana Reddy
Logo and Title Design: Brent Rollins
Title Animation: Patrick Kim
Colorist: Tarek Hefny
Poster Design: Kojo Boateng

Running time: 5 minutes 55 seconds
Picture Format: Color


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These 3 Waters

Short Film

Starring: Nora Mercedes Li, Lara Wolf, Azza Gallab
Producer: Rich Ford
Executive Producer: Adrian Miller
Cinematographer: Fitz
BTS photographer: Aria Isadora
Colorist: Eric Alvarado
Editor: Ted Tucker
Music: Justin Warfield
Poster Design: Brent Rollins

Running time: 4 minutes 15 seconds
Picture Format: Color


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Yamila Diaz Rahi: An Artist Life in Poetic Form


Directed, Written & Produced by Amhalise Morgan
Featuring: Yamila Diaz Rahi Cinematographer: Jac Martinez
Stills Photography: Aria Isadora
Hair: Chuckie Amos
Dress provided by: Alyane of Layla Brooklyn
Voice Over: Edoardo Mantelli
Editor: Ahmed Barbary
Titles: Brent Rollins
Composer: Chris Joyner
Titles Animation: Bernarr Merritt Jr.
Colorist: Tarek Henfny

Running time: 9 minutes 8 seconds Picture Format: Color

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The Exiled Heart

A short film starring Cassi A. Namoda

Directed, Shot & Written by Amhalise Morgan
Shot on location in Mallorca and exclusively on an iPhone 6
VO: Gabriella Sfardini
Editor: Ahmed Barbary
Sound Mix: Mazin Helal
Color: Tarek Hefny
Titles: Brent Rollins
Poster Design: Brent Rollins

Running time: 2 minutes 11 seconds
Picture Format: Color


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In The Room

A short film starring Denis O’Hare, Nicholas Pinnock and introducing Laksmi Hedemark

Written by: Laksmi Hedemark
Producers: Richard D’Angelo, Laksmi Hedemark & Amhalise Morgan
Production Managers: Audra Jones Dosunmu, Olivia DePung, Max Levin
DP: Geoffrey Jean-Baptiste with additional footage by Matt Tompkins
BTS photographer: Aria Isadora
AD: Leo Chen
Hair: Stacy Gray
Make-Up: Lisa Jones
Sound: Salah Anwar
AC: Brian Bon and Beth Ribeiro
Wardrobe: Angela Burrow
Art Dept: Wonnie Shen and Heather Yancey
Editor: Ahmed Barbary
Colorist: Tarek Hefny
Composer: Chris Joyner
Poster Design: Brent Rollins


Running time:
Picture Format: Color
(full credit list available in IMDB)


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Cassi A. Namoda


Directed by Amhalise Morgan
Featuring: Cassi A. Namoda
Cinematographer: Amhalise Morgan

Shot on location in Mallorca, Red Hook Brooklyn and London and exclusively on an iPhone 6

Editor: Ahmed Barbary
Titles: Brent Rollins
Composer: Chris Joyner
Colorist: Tarek Henfny
Titles: Brent Rollins

Running time: 1 minute 36 seconds
Picture Format: Color


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WORDS

A short film starring Nicholas Pinnock and Djaka Souare

Producer: Audra Jones Dosunmu
DP: Timothy Naylor
BTS photographer: Aria Isadora
Hair: Stacy Gray
Make-Up: Keke Cargill Cifferello
Sound: Salah Anwar
AC: Peter Garofalo
Gaffer: Ray Richards
Editor: Ahmed Barbary
Colorist: Marcy Robinson
Composer: Chris Joyner
Producer’s Assistant: Luca Bousselma
Poster Design: Kojo Boateng

Running time: 11 minutes 5 seconds
Picture Format: Color


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Thought’s Tempo Change


Directed, Written & Shot by Amhalise Morgan
Voice Over: Tamara Taylor
Editor: Ahmed Barbary
Titles: Brent Rollins
Colorist: Tarek Hefny
Poster Design: Brent Rollins


Running time: 2 minutes 14 seconds
Picture Format: Color

Shot exclusively on an iPhone 11


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Sade.gold

Content film

Directed & Produced by Amhalise Morgan
Cinematographer: Aria Isadora
Models: Azza Gallab, Saada Ahmed, Garron Bible
Dancer: Shernita Anderson
Editor: Ahmed Barbary

Running time: 2 minutes 11 seconds/ 1 minute version available
Picture Format: Color


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1.12.18

Teaser created for a documentary

Directed by Amhalise Morgan
Producer: Audra Jones Dosunmu 
Cinematographer: Aria Isadora
Make-Up: Keke Cargill Cifferello
Hair cut: Rico Pipino
Editor: Ted Tucker

Picture Format: Color


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 FESTIVALS — FESTIVALS — FESTIVALS —



  
  
  
  
     
  
  



These 3 Waters


2018 BLOW-UP International Arthouse Film Festival
Official Selection

2019 Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival
Winner of Best Experimental Short

2019 Femme Fatale
powered by Xyion - A night of performance & film


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WORDS


2020 New York Cinematography Awards
Finalist

2020 Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival
Official Selection

2020 Bridges International Film Festival (Greece)
Official Selection

2021 Kalakari Film Fest (India)
Official Selection


2022 Rio de Janeiro World Film Festival

Semi-Finalist

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The Exiled Heart


2020 International Mobile Film Festival
Official Selection

2020 Bridges International Film Festival (Greece)
Official Selection

2020 African Smartphone International Film Festival (Nigeria)
Official Selection

2022 Masters of Cinema International Film Festival (Rome, Italy)
Official Selection


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Shabazz Palaces
“Bad Bitch Walking”


2021 Kalakari Film Fest (India)
Official Selection

2021 Berlin Lift-Off Film Festival
Official Selection

2021 Every Leaf Film Festival (Mérida, Yucatán Mexico)
Official Selection

2021 BLOW-UP International Arthouse Film Festival
Semi-Finalist


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Thought’s Tempo Change


2021 Boden International Film Festival (Sweden)
Finalist


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Shows



These 3 Waters
2021 Da Spot Group Art Show
Brooklyn, New York


Posters


The below posters are available for sale on a limited numbered run.

Archival museum quality paper
36”h x 24” w

For inquiries on poster availability and price, please email amhalise@gmail.com with POSTER in the subject line







Shabazz Palaces
“Bad Bitch Walking” Music Video


Music Video.
Poster Design Kojo Boateng.
Typography by Brent Rollins




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These 3 Waters


From the 1st short film.
Photography by Aria Isadora.
Poster Design by Brent Rollins






WORDS


From the 2nd short film.
Photography by Aria Isadora.
Poster Design by Kojo Boateng



The Exiled Heart


From the 3rd short film.
Photography by Amhalise Morgan.
Poster Design by Brent Rollins












Selected Works:





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