Morris, Errol: Profile of Seminal Documentarian

“Tabloid” is Errol Morris’ ninth feature-length documentary film.  He describes “Tabloid” as his first film about love since the seminal, “Gates of Heaven.” 

Morris’ films have won many awards, including an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, an Emmy, the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival, the Silver Bear at Berlin International Film Festival, the Golden Horse at the Taiwan International Film Festival and the Edgar from the Mystery Writers of America.

His docus have repeatedly appeared on many ten best lists and have been honored by the National Society of Film Critics and the National Board of Review. His work has been the subject of a full retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Morris has directed over 1000 television commercials, including campaigns for Apple, Citibank, Cisco Systems, Intel, American Express, Nike, Target, General Motors, Levis and Miller High Life. Morris also directed short films for the 2002 and 2007 Academy Awards, as well as for charitable and political organizations such as Stand Up to Cancer and In 2000- 2001, Morris directed two seasons of the television series, First Person. Morris is a regular contributor to The New York Times, writing on issues in photography. His essays have been described by Ron Rosenbaum as an “entirely new, post-post-modern literary form.” His essay “Which Came First” was the winner of the 2007 Cliopatria award from the American Historian Association.

A book of Morris’ collected essays, “Believing is Seeing: Observations on the Mysteries of Photography,” will be published by Penguin Press in the fall of 2011. Morris has received five fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur Fellowship.

In 2007, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a graduate student at Princeton University and the University of California-Berkeley. Morris lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his wife, Julia Sheehan, an art historian and their two French Bulldogs, Boris and Ivan.

Errol Morris Filmography


Feature Films:


Tabloid (2010)

Standard Operating Procedure (2008)

The Fog of War (2003)

Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999)

Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997)

A Brief History of Time (1991)

A Thin Blue Line (1988)

Vernon, Florida (1981)

Gates of Heaven (1978)



First Person (2000-2002)