Morgan Stevenson Cooper is a filmmaker whose influences range from fine art, jazz, and hip-hop, to the works of photographers Gordon Parks and Roy DeCarava. His Midwest roots and experiences growing up in Kansas City, Mo., also resonate throughout his work.
Morgan is based in Los Angeles where he is a writer and director. Two of his films won in their categories at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival.
In March 2019, Morgan released Bel-Air, a short film that he wrote, directed, and shot, reimagining ‘90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as a modern-day drama. It quickly went viral, receiving hundreds of millions of views across social media platforms. He is now collaborating with Will Smith’s Westbrook Studios to turn Bel-Air into a series that will air on Peacock.
Morgan is committed to combining art with purpose by using his voice as a filmmaker to positively impact society. When he looks back someday on his career, he hopes to have helped inspire the next generation of young black filmmakers to fearlessly tell their stories.