MORRIS FROM AMERICA revolves around a 13-year-old African-American boy named Morris and the relationship he has with his father, Curtis, during the transitional period of adolescence. Complicating matters, they are new residents of Heidelberg, Germany — a city of rich history but little diversity. Morris falls in love with a local German girl named Katrin, and his tumultuous connection with her takes him on a journey that ends in self-discovery and a new dynamic to his relationship with Curtis.
MORRIS FROM AMERICA has style and heart so perfectly calibrated that it unfolds effortlessly before our eyes. Pulsating with the rhythm of a 13-year-old’s heart, this film springs from different cinematic traditions to become a distinctive coming-of-age story all its own.
CHAD HARTIGAN was born in Cyprus and studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts’ School of Filmmaking. His award-winning films include: LUKE AND BRIE ARE ON A FIRST DATE (2008), THIS IS MARTIN BONNER (2013), and MORRIS FROM AMERICA (2016).