Actress, Director and Producer Jennifer Morrison (ABC’s Once Upon A Time) will be honored with the 2016 HollyShorts Trailblazer Award presented by Women in Film at the upcoming 12th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival.
Morrison most recently launched her own production company Apartment 3C Productions with several high profile projects in the pipeline. At HollyShorts, along with the honor, she will also showcase her new 10-minute short film Wild Wild Horses, which she directed and stars. The short film is scored to the debut EP, ‘Ordinary Life’, from the rock band, Wild Wild Horses. The film also stars Rose McIver (iZombie) and Geoff Stults (7th Heaven). The short captures the tension of a couple who are haunted by a ‘ghost’ of their past. Wild Wild Horses (the band) will also headline HollyShorts’ opening night celebration with a special performance for attendees.
The first film under Morrison’s new company is Sun Dogs, the indie feature that she directed and produced which just wrapped principal photography. The film is written by Anthony Tambakis and will star Michael Angarano, Melissa Benoist, Allison Janney and Ed O’Neill. Morrison will return this fall as the star of ABC’s hit drama series Once Upon a Time as ‘Emma Swan,’ a woman with a troubled past who is drawn into a small town in Maine where the magic of Fairy Tales becomes real.
“We are delighted to present Jennifer Morrison with the 2016 HollyShorts Trailblazer Award in partnership with Women in Film,” commented festival co-founders and organizers Daniel Sol and Theo Dumont. “She’s truly the triple threat—an extremely talented filmmaker, actress and producer and we look forward to the premiere of her short on the big screen during our opening night celebration. We are also thrilled to have Wild Wild Horses – a tremendous band – perform live for our attendees who are coming to Hollywood from all parts of the globe. It’s going to be a night to remember for years to come!”
During her 2015 hiatus from Once Upon a Time, Morrison filmed and co-produced the fantasy epic, Albion: The Enchanted Stallion, in Bulgaria. The film is directed by Castille Landon and will be released this summer. Morrison’s first foray into directing was with her first short film,Warning Labels, which screened at HollyShorts and imagined a world wherein everyone wears a warning label with their deepest secret. Warning Labels first premiered in the short film program at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2015.
Last year, Morrison wrapped the horror film, Amityville: The Awakening, with Jennifer Jason Leigh. This next installment of the Amityville series is directed by Franck Khalfoun and will be released by The Weinstein Company in January2017. Morrison also filmed the Greg Mclean directed The Darkness aka 6 Miranda Drive opposite Kevin Bacon, last May, which was released by Blumhouse Productions. The horror thriller follows a family returning from a vacation with a fear-feeding supernatural presence tailing them.
In 2013, Morrison was seen in the independent film adaptation of Neil LeBute’s Some Girl(s).Some Girl(s) followed a man set on making amends with his ex-girlfriends on the eve of his wedding. Morrison co-starred opposite Adam Brody as his first ex-girlfriend, ‘Sam,’ the former high school sweetheart he was afraid to settle down with. Some Girl(s) is directed by Daisy von Scherler Mayer and LaBute adapted the script as well as produced the film. The film premiered at SXSW and also stars Emily Watson, Kristen Bell and Zoe Kazan and was released simultaneously in theaters and on Vimeo’s new On Demand platform on June 28th, 2013.
Previous HollyShorts honorees include: The Russo Brothers, Eli Roth, David Lynch, Joe Carnahan, Matthew Modine, Bill Plympton among others. HollyShorts 2016 runs August 11-20 at the TCL Chinese Theater and surrounding locations in Hollywood.