Kim Morgan is a writer whose film, music and culture pieces have ranged from the power of cars in cinema to a cover story on Marilyn Monroe for Playboy. She has written for Criterion, Salon, GQ, LA Weekly, Vulture, MSN Movies, IFC, The Dissolve, 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.
In addition, 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. She's appeared in the documentaries "Hollywood Goes Gaming," "Comic Books Unbound," "Fashion In Film" and in the documentary 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."
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 and contributed to featurettes on "Road House," "Moontide" and "Inferno." 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, or "Hauntings" with Udo Kier. She collaborated with Maddin on the short, "Bing & Bela" co-writing and starring opposite a white wolf. She has continued working with Maddin, most recently co-writing and appearing in "Seances" in Paris, shot at the prestigious Centre Pompidou. "Seances" is now being made into a feature.
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 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," to be released in November.
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.
She lives in Los Angeles.