Ross W. Morin


Ross W. Morin

Associate Professor of Film Studies
Acting Chair of Film Studies

Joined Connecticut College: 2011

Education
B.A., Connecticut College
M.F.A., Ohio University


Specializations

Film and video production

Screenwriting

Cinematography

Editing

Directing

Film theory and practice

History of the documentary

History of experimental cinema

Ross Morin, a 2005 graduate of Connecticut College, is an associate professor of film studies. He received his B.A. in film studies and psychology, a combination he feels has served him well over the years. He earned his M.F.A. in film and video production at Ohio University, where he also began teaching. He won the university's Graduate Associate Outstanding Teaching Award in 2006.

Professor Morin heads the entire filmmaking curriculum at Connecticut College where he regularly teaches FLM 210: Fundamentals of Motion Picture Production, FLM 220: Documentary Theory and Production, FLM 238: Screenwriting, FLM 310: Ideological Representation in Motion Picture Production, FLM 320: Experimental Film: History and Practice, and FLM 410: Advanced Production Seminar. His courses emphasize a strong relationship between practice and theory. He believes in teaching film production as a combination of art, storytelling, and social justice activism.

Professor Morin is an independent filmmaker, editor and cinematographer. Read more about him and his work on his website www.RossMorinFilm.com. Morin is the co-founder of Kiltered Productions with his filmmaking partner, Matthew Herbertz. Read more about their award-winning work at www.KilteredProductions.com.

Morin’s most recent short film, A Peculiar Thud (2016, www.apeculiarthud.com) is touring film festivals around the world and has already the official selection of:

Liberty Massacre Horror Short Film Festival, Philadelphia, Pa. 2017
San Antonio Film Festival, San Antonio, Texas. 2017
NewFilmmakers New York, New York, NY. 2017
Atlanta Shortsfest, Atlanta, Ga. 2017 (Nominated - Best Thriller Short)
Pennine Film Festival, Accrington UK. 2017
Long Island International Film Expo, Bellmore, N.Y. 2017
Cape Fear Independent Film Festival, Wilmington, N.C. 2017
International Horror Hotel Film Festival, Cleveland, Ohio 2017 (Honorable Mention)
Film Festival of Columbus, Columbus, Ohio 2017
Motor City Nightmares International Film Festival, Detroit, Mich. 2017 (Finalist)
New Haven International Film Festival, New Haven, Conn. 2017
Unrestricted View Film Festival, London, UK 2017
Emerge Film Festival, Lewiston, Maine 2017
Southeast New England Film, Music & Arts Festival, Providence, R.I. 2017 (Winner - Jury Prize, Best Horror Short; Winner - Audience Prize, Best Regional Horror Short)
Riverside International Film Festival, Riverside, Calif. 2017
Short to the Point Film Festival, New Haven, Conn. 2017
DC Independent Film Festival, Washington, D.C. 2017

His award-winning feature film, A Wheel Out of Kilter (2015), was selected by the following film festivals:

Macabre Faire Film Festival, Ronkonkoma, N.Y. 2017 (Winner – Best Feature Film)
Broken Knuckle Film Festival, New York, N.Y. 2016 (Nominated – Freaky Feature)
Spotlight Horror Awards, Atlanta Ga. 2016 (Winner – Bronze Award)
University Film and Video Association Conference, Las Vegas, Nev. 2016
Little Rock Picture Show, Little Rock, Ark. 2016
Horror Hotel International Film Festival and Convention, Hudson, Ohio 2016 (Winner – 3rd Place, Feature Suspense/Thriller film)
Unrestricted View Film Festival, London, UK. 2016
Emerge Film Festival, Auburn, Maine. 2016 (Nominated – Best Maine Film)
Mountain Film Festival, Mammoth Lakes, Calif. 2016 (Winner - Sir Edmund Hillary award, Feature Film competition)
Frontier Café Cinema, Brunswick, Maine 2015
Blow-Up Chicago International Art House Film Festival, Chicago, Ill. 2015
Saint Cloud Film Festival, St. Cloud, Minn. 2015
Santa Monica Independent Film Festival, Santa Monica, Calif. 2015 (Winner - Honorable Mention)
Princeton Independent Film Festival, Princeton, N.J. 2015 (Winner - Indie Spirit Award)

His film, Ad Noctum (2011), which he shot, and wrote and directed with horror filmmaker RJ Wilson, was selected by the following film festivals:

Severed Sinema, Stroudsburg, Pa. 2014
University Film and Video Association Conference, Orange, Calif. 2013
Love Your Shorts Film Festival, Sanford, Fla. 2012
Boston Underground Film Festival, Boston, Mass. 2012
NewFilmmakers New York, Anthology Film Archives, New York, N.Y. 2012
Glen Rose Neo Relix Film Festival, Glen Rose, Texas 2011
Coney Island Film Festival, Brooklyn, N.Y. 2011
Rumschpringe Short Film Festival, Lancaster, Pa. 2011
Shockerfest International Film Festival, KAZV-TV, Modesto, Calif. 2011
Silk City Flick Festival, Hartford, Conn. 2011
Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival, Grand Rapids, Mich. 2011
Wanderings Film Festival, Huntsville, Ala. 2011
Illinois International Film Festival, Chicago, Ill. 2011 (Winner - Best Short Horror Film)
Creative Arts Film Festival, online film festival 2011 (Nominated - Best Short Horror Film)

Professor Morin’s recent editing and producing work includes Deadpoint (2016, directed by Matthew Herbertz) A Man of God (2015, directed by Matthew Herbertz), and Cigar Man (2014, directed by Evan Clar). These films have screened nationally and internationally. More details on his work as an editor can be found on his website www.RossMorinFilm.com.

As a scholar, he is interested in the representation of sexuality and gender in film and television, in particular the student film.

His most recent papers include:

  • Ideology on a Lunch Tray: Negative Representations of Women in the Student Film (2011)
  • Sexism, Misogyny and the Fear of the Feminine in Student Films (2012)
  • Rethinking Production Pedagogy: Bringing Theory into the Filmmaking Classroom (2014)
  • Trauma and Dissociation in "All This Can Happen" (2015)
  • Looking for Strangers: Grindr, AIDS Anxiety, and the Male Gaze in "Stranger by the Lake" (2015)

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Majoring in Film Studies.

Contact Ross W. Morin

Mailing Address

Ross W. Morin
Connecticut College
Box #5491
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320

Office

321 Blaustein Humanities

Personal Website

http://www.RossMorinFilm.com