SUSANNAH PATRICE MORSE



Gramarye
Land of Lo-Fi
Experimental Shorts
TEXTWord / Image
Research

NEWS






M.Phil with Distinction. University of Cambridge, Trinity Hall. Faculty of Education: Critical Approaches to Children's Literature. Supervised by Maria Nikolajeva. Thesis:
Summoning Fantasy: The Real Magic of
The Dark Is Rising Sequence. 2014.

A. B. with honors. Harvard University. Department of Visual and Environmental Studies: Film and Video. Supervised by Robb Moss, Alfred Guzzetti, Elisabeth Subrin, Ross McElwee. Thesis: Ashore. 2004.


The Swan Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center. 2017.
Headlands Center for the Arts
Affiliate Artist. 2015/2016.
Bateman Scholar, University of Cambridge, Trinity Hall. 2014.
MacDowell Colony
fellow. 2013.
Fleishhacker Foundation grant. 2009.
Jerome Foundation media grant in film/video. 2008.
Harvard Film Study Center fellow. 2007/2008.
Harvard University, John Harvard Scholarship and Detur Book Prize. 2001.


2007-present. Gramarye Films. Director/Producer of Gramarye, an experimental 16mm film on the creative process of children's fantasy author Susan Cooper. San Francisco, California.

2011-present. Question Why Films. Associate Producer and Outreach Associate for Regarding Susan Sontag, a documentary feature on the late writer and activist, directed by Nancy Kates. Broadcast by HBO. Special Jury Mentions at Tribeca and Frameline; FOCAL International Award for Best Use of Footage in an Arts Production. Additional roles: curriculum writer, assistant editor, archival researcher, production assistant. Berkeley, California.

2007-2012. Tallinger Films. Co-Director/Producer of Elwood Snock & The Land of Lo-Fi, a documentary feature on outsider musician and artist Michael Hurley. Bolinas, California.

2006-2008. Harvard University. Teaching Assistant in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies. Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Non-fiction Video Projects. Fundamentals of Video (Fall 2006, 2007, Spring 2006); Non-fiction Video (Fall 2006, 2007); Personal Documentary (Spring 2006). Cambridge, Massachusetts.

2006-2008. Acadia Summer Arts Program. Producer/Editor of lectures by resident artists and curators. Program director Marion Stroud. Mount Desert Island, Maine.



Gramarye (Director/Producer). An experimental 16mm film on the creative process of children's fantasy author Susan Cooper, projecting the path of her literary imagination across the haunted landscapes, legends and histories of Britain. Supported by The MacDowell Colony, The Jerome Foundation,The Harvard Film Study Center, Cambridge-Homerton Centre for Children's Literature, and The Center for Independent Documentary. In progress.

Elwood Snock & The Land of Lo-Fi (Co-Director/Producer). A documentary feature traveling with outsider musician and artist Michael Hurley across the peripheries of America and into a land of his own creation. Supported by the Fleishhacker Foundation. Directed and produced with Lisa Foti-Straus; animated by Drew Christie. 74 min (unreleased). 2012.

Ashore (Director). An experimental video based on the selchie legends of Scotland and Ireland. Screened at the Harvard Film Archive, 10 min. 2004.

Storybook (Director). Video picturebook on love and artistic creation, 7 min. 2003.
Asleep (Director). Experimental video narrative on a woman trapped in ice, 7 min. 2003.
Kate's (Co-Director). 16mm documentary on a mystery bookstore owner, 5 min. 2002.
Light Journal (Director). 16mm experimental study of light on film, 3 min. 2002.
The Fam (Director). Personal documentary video, 10 min. 2002.


Flying with the Sun. Novella in picturebook form with gouache on paper, paratexts, and a full leather binding. Sequel to The Painter and the Bird. In progress.

Put Your Heart In Water. Collection of essays, drawings, paintings, and fantasy in limited handbound editions with accompanying visual exhibit and performances: Put Your Heart In Water, The River Witch, Portage, Waiting for the Snow, On Hiding, The Murre, The Painter and the Bird, Light Journal. Supported by The Swan Fellowship at Vermont Studio Center and Headlands Center for the Arts. In progress. Featured works:

The Painter and the Bird. Illustrated novella with oil-based charcoal pencil drawings and a full cloth binding. A small boy in love with the birds. A girl who learns to fly. Two red and beating hearts. Performed.

The River Witch. Short story in picturebook form with ink on paper, paratexts, and a rounded back binding. A fantasy in waves and washed up fragments from the north Pacific shore. Performed.

Portage. Fall essays from Portage Lake, Minnesota, on landscape history, solitude, and the 1930s-era family cabin across four years of artistic creation and discovery. Includes the painted essay "Waiting for the Snow."

New Advances in Picturebook Research. Academic erotica on the pleasures of the text. Picturebook with graphite on paper and a full leather binding. In progress.


2018. Postal-Collage Project No. 7. Group exhibition. Berkeley, California. "Porcupine Box."


The Real Places and Legends of The Dark Is Rising and the Radical Rise of Real Magic in Children's Fantasy. Digital publication in coordination with Gramarye with interpretive academic text and extensive online resources. Accompanying traveling exhibit and curriculum guide featuring the real places and legends in dialogue with Cooper's sequence. In progress.

Regarding Susan Sontag Curriculum Guide. Twenty flexible lessons across units in Art & Literature, Film, Identity, Illness, Photography, and War & Activism. Featuring video modules, texts by Susan Sontag, historical and contemporary resources, and extensive student activities. Designed for high school, university, and community use; co-written with Nancy Kates. Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. 2017.

Summoning Fantasy: The Real Magic of The Dark Is Rising Sequence. Immanence, intimate time-space and the magic of creativity in radical post-war fantasy. University of Cambridge, M.Phil Thesis: Distinction. 2014.

"Wild Lands and Impossible Stories: Reader Responses to a Distant Picturebook Place." Literary analysis of Very Last First Time by Jan Andrews and Ian Wallace, supported by empirical research. University of Cambridge: Distinction. 2014.

"A Visual Poetics of Childhood: Palette, Image and Memory in Tove Jansson's Sculptor's Daughter and The Summer Book." 2013.


Headlands Center for the Arts, Affiliate Artist in Writing. 2015/2016.
Reading: "The River Witch." Summer Open House, July 26, 2015.
Reading: The Painter and the Bird. Fall Open House, October 25, 2015.
Screening: Gramarye (scene). Fall Open House, October 25, 2015.
Performance: The Painter and the Bird, "The River Witch." Affiliate Reading, Feb. 1, 2016.
Reading: The Painter and the Bird, "Light Journal." Spring Open House, April 17, 2016.
Performance: The Painter and the Bird. Talkabout, April 24, 2016.

University of Michigan, Department of English. Invited speaker to "Documentary and Investigative Poetry" graduate seminar with screening from Gramarye. 2014.

Trinity College Dublin, Green Man/Wild Man in Children's Culture Conference. Presented paper and film: "Gods of the Wild: Numinous figures of land and sea in Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising." 2012.


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Susannah Patrice Morse filming the Dyfi Estuary for Gramarye. Panorama Walk, Aberdyfi, Wales.