Kim Morgan is a film, music and culture writer who has have e has written for Sight & Sound, Criterion, Filmmaker Magazine, Salon, GQ, LA Weekly, Vulture, Garage, MSN Movies, IFC, The Dissolve, The Daily Beast, Playboy and The Los Angeles Review of Books. She's sat in for Roger Ebert, presented movies at The Telluride Film Festival and served as this year's Telluride Guest Director. She wrote a highly regarded cover story for Playboy honoring the anniversary of its first covergirl, Marilyn Monroe and, most recently, a cover story for Sight & Sound, interviewing Quentin Tarantino.
In 2015, her acclaimed essay on Ronnie Spector was published in the anthology, "Here She Comes Now: Women in Music Who Have Changed Our Lives," and she did readings in Brooklyn, NY and Portland, OR.
Kim served as editorial consultant and writer for ClickStar, where she worked with Peter Bogdanovich on "The Golden Age of Movies," Morgan Freeman on "Our Space" and Danny DeVito, writing and producing DeVito's documentary series, "Jersey Docs."
She was head film critic for the Willamette Week and weekly film critic for Portland's daily newspaper, The Oregonian where she also had her own column "Beyond the Multiplex." She's also written for CBS and served as a Juror (for short films) at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
She served as DVD critic on Tech TV's "The Screen Savers" and has appeared as guest film critic on AMC's "The Movie Club," Reelz and Starz and has appeared in documentaries about Marilyn Monroe, "Fashion In Film," and in the doc feature "American Grindhouse." She also sat in for Roger Ebert, guest hosting "Ebert & Roeper" and served as special correspondent on "Roger Ebert Presents: At the Movies," presenting Carol Reed's "The Third Man" on television.
A film noir aficionado, she's presented movies and moderated interviews for the Los Angeles Film Noir Festival at The American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theater and the Palm Springs Noir Festival. She also contributed DVD commentary on the Fox noir classic "Road House" with Eddie Muller, along with other DVDs. She also presented noir films at The New School, and contributed to a panel with Molly Haskell and Mary Gaitskill.
She served as one of the main writers for "The Official Michael Jackson Opus," which also includes contributions by Jesse Jackson, Quincy Jones, Jane Fonda and Jane Goodall, among others.
She worked with filmmaker/artist Guy Maddin appearing in his short films, "Hauntings" with Udo Kier. She collaborated with Maddin on the short, "Bing & Bela" co-writing and starring opposite a white wolf and has continued working with Maddin, most recently co-writing and appearing in "Seances" in Paris, shot at the prestigious Centre Pompidou. " Seances" was turned into the feature film, "The Forbidden Room," on which she (along with poet John Ashbery) is an additional writer.
She guest programmed for Turner Classic Movies, showing Jack Garfein's "Something Wild" starring Carroll Baker and Ralph Meeker and John Berry's "He Ran All the Way" starring John Garfield, and presented William Wellman's pre-code "Night Nurse" at Austin's famous Alamo Drafthouse Theater. She has also written for Criterion -- the essay booklet for their release of Ernst Lubitsch's classic "Design for Living." In 2012 she presented Jack Garfein's rarely seen "Something Wild" and "The Strange One" for the Telluride Film Festival, conducting a Q&A with Mr. Garfein. She has also written and narrated a video essay about Warren Oates for The Criterion Collection's release of Monte Hellman's "The Shooting" and "Ride in the Whirlwind."
This year she was, with Guy Maddin, Co-Director of The Telluride Film Festival, programming six movies -- "M," "Wicked Woman," "Man's Castle," "The Road to Glory," "Il Grido" and "California Split," conducting an on-stage discussion with star George Segal and screenwriter Joseph Walsh. That on stage interview turned into a 30,000 three-part interview with Segal, Walsh and Elliott Gould, published at the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Most recently, her on-set photographs from Paris, of Charlotte Rampling, Udo Kier, Geraldine Chaplin and more, from her work on the movie "The Forbidden Room," have been published in Monrowe Magazine.
She lives in Los Angeles.