Morgan Rhys Tams


Morgan Rhys Tams is a multi-disciplinary artist and media educator.

His film credits include the documentaries 'Strangers in a Strange Land' (2016) and 'Bella and Don'(2016), site specific and interactive works 'Window Movie' (2016) and 'A Cartography of Iconic Memory' (2014) and the psyched-out hybrid western/rock opera ‘Killer’s Crossing’ (2013) as well as producing the award winning short films ‘Hello Faye’ (2007) and ‘Marnie Love’ (2006).

As a media educator he has taught in partnership with The National Film Board of Canada, The City of Victoria, The Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee, Hot Docs International Documentary Festival, The Weight of Mountains International Artist's Residency, and The Klondike Institute of Art and Culture.

He has received awards from the Canada Council for the Arts and the British Columbia Arts Council for his creative work and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production from Ryerson University in Toronto (2008), and a Masters Degree in Art Education from the University of Victoria (2013) with a focus on web-based interactive documentary production.

He spends his time between Toronto, and an assortment of small islands off of the West Coast of Canada.

Selected Awards,
Exhibitions and Residencies


2016.
Interchange Symposium on Digital Art
FLUX Gallery, Victoria BC.

2015.
Guest Facilitator
Weight of Mountains International Artist's Residency, Sahara Desert, Morocco.
Canada Council for the Arts
Travel Grant for Media Arts Professionals.
Artist in Residence
Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto ON.

2014.
Filmmaker in Residence
The Pandora Arts Collective, Victoria BC.
"Killer’s Crossing"
Short Circuit Film Festival - Victoria, BC Canada.
Best Actor - Clay George
Best Composer - Brooke Gallupe
"Killer’s Crossing"
Bio Paradis Theatre – Reykjavik, Iceland.
"A Cartography of Iconic Memory"
The Weight of Mountains Film Festival - Skagastrond, Iceland.

2013.
Canada Council for the Arts
Travel Grant for Media Arts Professionals.
British Columbia Arts Council
Professional Development Assistance Grant.
"The Weight of Mountains"
3 Month Filmmaker Residency - Skagastrond, Iceland.
"Culmination"
Group Photography Show at CACGV Café Gallery - Victoria, BC.
"Magic Lanterns"
Group Photography Show at Cenote - Victoria, BC.
"Killer’s Crossing"
Video Art Screening @ Garrick’s Head - Victoria, BC.
"Killer’s Crossing"
Dawson City International Short Film Festival - Dawson City, Yukon.

2005 - 2012.
"Killer's Crossing"
MediaNet Short Film Production Grant.
"The Alphabet Movie"
Film Fort - Toronto, ON.
"Hello Faye"
Vancouver Asian Film Festival - Vancouver, BC
"Hello Faye"
Los Angeles International Short Film Festival - Los Angeles, California.
"Hello Faye"
Norman Jewison Filmmaking Award
w/ director Norman Yeung
"Hello Faye"
William F. White Production Grant
w/ director Norman Yeung
"Marnie Love"
Honourable Mention – Vancouver Asian Film Festival - Vancouver, BC.
"Marnie Love"
Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival - Toronto, ON.
"Marnie Love"
Calgary International Film Festival - Calgary, AB.

Publications and Press


‘A Neighbourhood in Stop Motion’
The Martlet, October 2014.
http://www.martlet.ca/culture/a-neighbourhood-in-stop-motion/

Korsakow Artist Profiles:
‘A Cartography of Iconic Memory’
http://korsakow.org/a-cartography-of-iconic-memory-by-morgan-rhys-tams/

The BC Art Teachers Association Journal: 'Making Connections in Remote Locations.'
Volume 56, Number 1.

The Journal of the Canadian Society of Education Through Art: 'Windows into Digital Worlds.'
Volume 11, Number 1.