Morris From America

USA | 2016 | 89 minutes | Chad Hartigan

This nuanced and hilarious fish-out-of-water tale follows 13-year-old Morris, who fancies himself the next Notorious B.I.G. until his single father (Craig Robinson) moves them to Heidelberg, Germany, making him feel like a budding hip-hop star in an EDM world.

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Morris is a 13-year-old from Richmond, New York, who loves all things hip-hop. He has a strong bond with his father (Craig Robinson) with whom he enjoys debating whether the '90s truly were the golden age of rap music. When the two move to Heidelberg, Germany, Morris must now start a new life in a very unfamiliar place, where the comforting sounds of home are nowhere near. At his new school, Morris is bullied for being the "black American kid," with racial slurs becoming a new norm. As he learns more German and befriends 15-year-old Katrin, his bond with his father also grows, allowing him to navigate all the drama that comes with adolescence in a new country. Combining familiar themes from both American and European coming-of-age films, Chad Hartigan's Morris From America is an all-American teen's tale of growing up in a distinctively European setting, giving audiences a look at the trials and self-reflection that arise when you're dislocated from your roots. The chemistry between Craig Robinson and Markees Christmas, making his theatrical film debut as Morris, is magical as we follow his attempts to do what any of us would want to do in a new place: fit in and continue striding to the beats of our favorite tunes.

Director Biography
Chad Hartigan was born in Nicosia, Cyprus, to an Irish father and an American mother. He is an actor and director, best known for This Is Martin Bonner (SIFF 2013). His first feature was Luke and Brie Are on a First Date (2008).

Sponsored by Savannah College of Art and Design, KVOS, CTI BioPharma

  • Director: Chad Hartigan
  • Principal Cast: Markees Christmas, Craig Robinson, Carla Juri, Lina Keller, Jakub Gierszal
  • Country: USA, Germany
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 89 minutes
  • Producer: Sarah Murphy, Adele Romanski, Martin Heisler, Gabriele Simon
  • Screenplay: Chad Hartigan
  • Cinematographers: Sean McElwee
  • Editors: Anne Fabini
  • Music: Keegan DeWitt
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Sundance Film Festival 2016 (Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, U.S. Dramatic Individual Performance Award)
  • Filmography: This is Martin Bonner (2013); Luke and Brie Are on a First Date (2008); All the Stage Is a World (doc, 2005)
  • Language: English, German
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: A24 Films
  • International Sales: Visit Films