A Dorchester-based filmmaker and television producer, Morgan has been crafting content for Cambridge Community Television, Brookline Access Television, and Boston Neighborhood Network for three years. This month, library branches throughout the city have shown his half-hour documentary, “A Day & Night in Dewey Square,” a portrait of Occupy Boston. The Mattapan Branch will present the film Tuesday at 6 p.m.
‘Occupy was about jobs and the economy, but it was a cultural revolution. . . . It’s about getting more people to stand up for what they believe in.’
Q. What’s the premise of “A Day & Night in Dewey Square”?
A. It was originally my last class project before I graduated from Roxbury Community College. And it was originally a five-minute project. I’m just one of those students who’s always motivated, and I like to do a full package of what I do. I took a weekend and stayed a night and a day in Dewey Square [during Occupy Boston], and that’s how I came up with the name. [Laughs] I went down and met a lot of people and it was a wonderful experience. I wanted to get a perspective and see different people’s ideas about how we can bring change.
Q. What was the difference in atmosphere between the night and the day?
A. The day was more peaceful. [Laughs] People were happy, just eating and singing. When people put together something like that, of that magnitude, it’s a spiritual thing — it’s a community. The night was a little rowdy, because there was so much stuff going on.
Q. The Occupy movement has kind of died down at this point. What’s the relevance of showing the film right now?
A. I think it’s about a new awareness. Occupy was about jobs and the economy, but it was a cultural revolution. A new generation doing a shocking response. More or less, it’s about getting more people to stand up for what they believe in, and not just sit at home.
Q. Do you consider yourself an activist?
A. I just have that drive to see people get their thoughts out there and have their needs met. I’m not just taking; I’m involved.
Q. You were a one-man crew for the movie, right? What’s that like?
A. Yes. It’s challenging, but it’s fun. I try to learn as much as I can because then I don’t have to go to a middleman if there’s something that needs to be done right away. You’re able to move when you want to move. Mind you, I like working with groups, too, but there are times when I’ve been working with people and they hold you back. And I know how to [use the editing software] Final Cut Pro, so I edited it, too. Media and news stations, they like to see that you’re able to do everything by yourself. You’ve got to be versatile.
Q. Can you describe the style of the film?
A. It’s raw. There was no “cut, action.” If you give [an interviewee] a chance to practice, it’s going to come off fake. . . . I’m trying to set my own style. My directing, I call it a digital magazine. I like people to flip through the pages and get a mixture, so they don’t get bored. I like to give people bits and pieces — scenes where there’s something for everyone. The movie sticks to Occupy Boston, but everyone had a different perspective, so it was perfect.
Q. What are you working on next?
A. I’m working on a television pilot. I’m trying to bring back the kind of television like “Brady Bunch” or “Good Times,” where there was always a message at the end. People are starving and they need something to open up their horizons. A lot of people don’t have hope, but we can bring a more positive message.
Q. Do you prefer working on scripted films or documentaries?
A. It’s different. I put my all in everything I do, but with the documentaries, it’s more touching. It’s almost a spiritual thing — people touching on the things they believe in. How can you not feel that?