2017-04-05 / Features


Mildred Iatrou Morgan

Mildred Iatrou Morgan was born and raised in Astoria. She attended Hunter College High School and studied filmmaking at City College, CUNY. After graduation she received filmmaking and video grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts and made short films while working at the Museum of Modern Art. During that time she met her husband, Ronald Morgan, and began collaborating with him on a series of videos which were shown at museums and international film and video festivals. They eventually moved to San Francisco, where Mildred pursued her film career and worked for Francis Ford Coppola as a sound and picture assistant and documentary film editor. After 10 years they moved to Los Angeles, where Mildred focused on sound editing for feature films. For more than 10 years, she has been working as a supervising sound editor for Fox Film Studios, Lionsgate and New Line, among others. She's been nominated for various awards, including an Oscar for sound editing (La La Land) and a BAFTA for sound (La La Land). She lives with her husband in Los Angeles and Astoria. A complete list of films is available at: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0406375/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Mildred Iatrou Morgan (l.) with Ai-Ling Lee (r.). Mildred Iatrou Morgan (l.) with Ai-Ling Lee (r.). QG: What has being nominated for an Academy Award meant to you?

MM: It was a dream I never thought would come true. When I found out I was nominated I really couldn’t believe it at first.

QG: Has growing up in Astoria informed your career choice at all? If so, how?

MM: I’ve always been aware of filmmaking because of the proximity of the studios. I remember when I was a little kid I could see people shooting films in the neighborhood – I think at the time it was for military films – and I was always fascinated. When I went to high school, I took a film class, and that’s when I realized I wanted to work in film.

QG: What is your favorite part of working on larger films? If you have any experience with smaller films, what is your experience working on those?

MM: La La Land actually felt like more of a small and independent film. When I work on a bigger film, it feels more like your contribution, while important, is small. I usually feel more involved in the process with independent films. Our sound crew was actually very small – I worked with Ai-Ling Lee who did the sound design of the film, while I did work on the dialogue.

QG: What advice, if any, do you have for young filmmakers out there?

MM: I always say, if they can afford it, go to school. I went to CCNY, but in New York there are so many affordable options. Go to film school and learn the basics. When you graduate, try your best to get a job (even if it doesn’t pay) and get your foot in the door and meet people.

QG: What are some of your favorite things to do in Queens?

MM: I love eating in Queens. I miss all the Greek food in Queens when I’m in Los Angeles. When I’m back, I put on a couple of pounds because of all the Greek restaurants. I also love walking around, and I never get to do that in LA either.

This column was originated in July 2013 by Nicollette Barsamian.

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