Meet the Director

Dustin Morrow is the writer, co-producer, editor,  and director of Black Pool. He is an Emmy-winning filmmaker, bestselling author, and tenured Professor of Film. He teaches courses in film production and film studies at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. Prof. Morrow’s films have won numerous awards and been screened in more than 30 countries around the world. He has written about film and pop culture for a host of publications, and his photographs have been featured in both solo and group exhibitions. Before re-entering academia, Morrow was an editor and director of short-form projects and series television in Los Angeles, for such clients as MTV and the Discovery Channel, and with such filmmakers as Spike Jonze, Michael Apted, Guy Ritchie, Kathy Bates and Steven Soderbergh. He continues to operate his own independent company, Little Swan Pictures, for which production projects have taken him as far away as the Aleutian Sea.

Among his recent works are the feature-film contemporary musical Everything Went Down, which was the subject of a TED Talk and has screened at film festivals around the world, taken Best Film honors at five film festivals, and was a runaway success on the streaming service Hulu. Other recent projects include the experimental short films Dead Mall, Treetops, and Ground London, which have screened at and won awards at festivals worldwide.

In 2013 Focal Press published Prof. Morrow’s book Producing for TV and New Media, a core text at universities across the country. The new edition of the book will be published in 2020.  Kathleen Turner on Acting: Conversations about Film, Television and Theatre, a collaborative book he wrote with the legendary actress, was published by Skyhorse Press in 2018. The audiobook, read by Turner and Morrow, was released by Audible in February 2019. Prof. Morrow was the director of the Greenfield Youth Film Festival, one of the largest youth media education programs in the country, and is currently the director of the Portland Music Video Festival, one of the only festivals in the world dedicated exclusively to the art and craft of music videos. He has received grants for his work totaling more than half a million dollars. Learn more about his work at