Meet the Filmmaker: Karen Morris, “Sham Cooke”

Sham Cooke – Karen Morris

Karen MorrisEA: Why did you become a filmmaker?

KM: First, because I am a movie buff. Second, in order to make movies that I wanted to watch but weren’t being made. Motion Pictures could represent so many more experiences than we’ve been conditioned to expect of them.


EA: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?

KM: “Sham Cooke” has not screened anywhere else. It is part of a larger project of four non-sequitur shorts that are all interviews, the first was a dinner date called “Dinner at Hate”, and “Sham Cooke” is the second piece, an interview between a barkeep and a customer. They are both heavily processed in their look.


EA: What else are you working on?

KM: I just finished a short story called “The Summer of Love”.


EA: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?

KM: Well, the movies themselves are a bit weird. I was going for a Glamor Shots Saloon from outer space sort of look with “Sham Cooke”. I felt “Sham Cooke” and “Dinner at Hate” should look like melted VHS postcards recovered from the trunk of someone’s brain.


EA: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?

KM: Vimeo, Youtube, Facebook and Linked In.


EA: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?

KM: I’m very grateful that you’ve included me! I hope to see more people get involved with local film production and events like The Emerging Filmmakers Project are a big step forward in achieving that. I’d like to see local movies achieve parity with the local music scene in terms of levels of involvement and awareness.


Sham Cooke will be screening at the July Emerging Filmmakers Project!