Meet the Filmmaker: Lindsay Morrison, “Gyre”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
LM: I was a college art & design student when I started making films. I had gotten a taste of it earlier on through class projects, but when I met a fellow music-video-lover who wanted to team up with me to make music videos, I finally got a chance to start creating my own vision — and boy, was it a rush! I started with music videos and moved onto short films within a couple years. Creating moving images was a feeling for me like no other, and I knew I needed to keep going. So after receiving a BFA in art & design from Cal Poly SLO, I decided to go to film school to earn an MFA in film production from USC School of Cinematic Arts. And the rest is history! I still get a rush from filmmaking and from screening my films every single time; it never, ever gets old.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
LM: You will be seeing Gyre (2011), which was my USC graduate thesis film. The first public screening was in September 2011 on the USC campus, so this will actually be the 10th Anniversary screening for the film. It went on to play at over 10 film festivals in 2012-2013, including FRAMELINE 36, San Francisco’s International LGBT Film Festival. It also won Best Screenplay in the Experimental Film category at the Women’s Independent Film Festival in Los Angeles. 10 years later, it remains one of my favorites and I am so excited to see it on the big screen once more.

Q: What else are you working on?
LM: Back in 2018 I moved to Denver and started WOLF LUV FILMS with Gyre’s editor (and now my husband), Michael La Breche. We’ve mainly been in development mode for the past year and a half due to Covid, but we’re back in production now on a series of bizarre/raunchy stop-motion shorts for our Youtube channel. The series is called Let’s Get Weird and we’re planning to drop it sometime in the fall. We’re also starting work on a music video for local band, No Gossip in Braille.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
LM: One weird thing about Gyre is that I didn’t really realize I was making a horror film when I made it. I was calling it a “surreal relationship drama” or sometimes “experimental.” I didn’t fully clock that it was psychological horror until it got programmed in a horror shorts set at aGLIFF in Austin. Looking back I wish that I had submitted it to a few horror film festivals instead of only prestige festivals and LGBT festivals.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
LM: Go check out WOLF LUV FILMS on instagram (@wolfluvfilms) and youtube (https://bit.ly/2Yjd6jQ). You can also check out my director portfolio site at lindsaymorrison.com

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
LM: As always, I am grateful for EFP. I love the chance to see work from local filmmakers and have the opportunity to share my own as well. It’s been a great community to find here in Denver, and I look forward to being a part of it for years to come.

Gyre will screen during The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, September 16th, 2021 at The Bug Theatre.