Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, Morgan Rhodes began her visual career by studying photography at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. While there, she studied acting at Herbert Berghof Studio and took classes with Uta Hagen. She worked on her first film, The Squeeze with Michael Keaton, as an actor and production assistant on an aircraft carrier in New York Harbor.
Later, Rhodes moved to Los Angeles to work in film and music. She worked for BAM Magazine as a photographer, wrote various talent reviews and worked on the Moscow Music Peace Festival. She became an assistant at Norman Winter Public Relations and Laws Entertainment Group where she worked with Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson, Morris Day of The Time, Bob Dylan, and Tom Petty.
Following a friend to Seattle in the early 90's, Rhodes immersed herself into the local music scene and later went back to school to earn a degree in Audio Engineering. She worked as a Production Coordinator for Two Downtown, Inc. and The Production Network, coordinating and assisting in the building of events for Microsoft, Intel, Nintendo, Apple, and The Real World Seattle/MTV. While living in Seattle, she worked on the films Assassins with Sylvester Stallone, Born To Be Wild with producer Jeffrey Silver, and the television show Northern Exposure.
Her career steered her back to Los Angeles in 2000 to work full-time in film production. Rhodes worked for the American Film Institute as a coordinator for the New Media Ventures department that created and maintained the AFI website. She worked as an assistant on several of the AFI television specials, including the Life Achievement Award shows for Tom Hanks, Robert DeNiro, and Barbra Streisand. In 2002, Rhodes started her own production company, Journey Blue Films, to write and produce her own projects. She has worked on the television show Nip/Tuck and is Co-Executive Producer on Bitter Brew, a television spec pilot starring David Moscow. She has worked as an Assistant Director, Production Manager and in various other roles on projects including, The Job with Darryl Hannah, Moonlight Serenade with Amy Adams, Bunny Whipped with Joey Lauren Adams and Rebecca Gayheart, Trailer Talk with Gordon Clapp and Ron Canada, and Slipstream with Anthony Hopkins.
Little Wings is Rhodes' writing and directing debut. The short film has won several awards on the festival circuit and was picked up for worldwide distribution by Echelon Studios at the Cannes Film Festival. Rhodes is currently writing the feature version called A Heavy Heart to be filmed in 2010. Other projects include a mystical feature called The Field, and an untitled super hero project.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun