Morgan Ann Hammen
Dead Man's Hand
The Bad Guy
Originally from Oshkosh, WI, Morgan Ann Hammen has paved a path for herself as an up-and-coming director in LA.
With several films under her belt, she also has experience working on high-profile productions in various positions including The Morning Show, Snowfall, Shameless, Westworld, and JJ Abrams' latest show Duster. Most recently and impressively, Hammen worked at Stone Village (Station Eleven, Chef, The Lincoln Lawyer) in development and was made co-producer on their most recent production, Quebrando Mitos. Adding to her development experience, she completed a development internship at 87North Productions (Deadpool, Bullet Train, John Wick).
Now under the mentorship of Emmy-Winning director, EP, and showrunner Greg Yaitanes (House of the Dragon) and TV director/EP, Michael Goi (Avatar: The Last Airbender, American Horror Story), Hammen has gotten off to a running start in the LA scene.
Educationally, Hammen is an alumna of Columbia College Chicago where she excelled in their top-tier directing program, directing in their highly competitive capstone program and graduating with high honors in only 3 years.
She's been endorsed by Canon who promoted her work on their social platforms. Her latest short Dead Man’s Hand and Quebrando Mitos have both found success. Dead Man's Hand has been screened by many top award-winning filmmakers and won festival awards giving her name weight and a strong network. Quebrando Mitos, a documentary about current president, Jair Bolsonaro, the documentary has been viewed over 1 million times and has incited change in Brazilian politics.
Now, her next project is well on its way. "The Bad Guy" is set to film in 2022 with the help of her network and mentors.
“... She always goes above and beyond what you ask her to do. And her desire to correctly do any job you assign her is amazing. A conversation will convince you of her maturity and breadth of knowledge.
She asks for, even demands, criticism and takes it well. She has obviously learned a lot from everyone she has worked for and I truly believe she'll go far in this industry. ”
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
"... Morgan Hammen is a soulful and deeply talented storyteller and a gifted visualist.
... She wrapped [Dead Man's Hand] in a genre, thriller-like shell and its message haunts me to this day. Rarely have I been this impressed by the many short films I’ve seen and many new filmmakers I’ve met across my thirty-year career...
... Morgan is the next generation of female filmmakers tackling social change through the deceptive genre of “elevated pulp.” The Bad Guy is a thriller at its core and its themes must be heard..."
Executive Producer / Director
House of the Dragon, Castle Rock, House
"... [Morgan] possesses the vision and tenacity to succeed in this industry. Her clarity of storytelling skills is complemented by her grasp of the visual language, and I feel that she is on the verge of well-deserved recognition...
... I fully endorse Morgan Hammen’s talent and her passion for this project, and I encourage The Puffin Foundation to award her a grant to be used for the production of 'The Bad Guy.'"
Director, Producer, Cinematographer (ASC / ISC)
Avatar: The Last Airbender (2023), American Horror Story, Rookie: Feds
Hammen was featured on Canon's official social media platforms in August 2020 in association with her alma mater, Columbia College Chicago.
She talks about her most recent short Dead Man's Hand, which is scheduled to premiere in December 2020 and will hit the festival circuit shortly after. You can view these posts at...
Featured by Canon
Bronxnet Cable Network
Hammen's first short was aired on Bronxnet Cable Network in NYC. Scheduled for its Drama Block, Prisoner of the Silence made its debut in 2020.
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