Reed Morano, named one of Indiewire's 20 Best Breakthrough Directors of 2015, earned an Independent Spirt Award nomination for her cinematography in her directorial debut “Meadowland”. Reed's work was also recognized alongside the work of Emmanuel Lubezki, Robert Richardson, Edward Lachman and Roger Deakins as one of the 20 cinematographers in "The Best Cinematography of 2015". (Indiewire)
In early 2013, Reed was invited to become the youngest member (at that time) of the American Society of Cinematographers; she is one of only 14 women out of approximately 364 active members in the organization. She was honored with the 2011 Kodak Vision award for cinematography at the women in film crystal + lucy awards, and in past years has been named one of variety's "10 cinematographers to watch", one of ioncinema.com's "american new wave 25", and one of five innovative cinematographers in ICG Magazine's "Generation Next" Spotlight. In 2012, Reed's work was featured in Indiewire's "on the rise '12: 5 cinematographers lighting up screens in recent years." and "heroines of cinema: an a-z of women in film in 2012." Some of Reed's thoughts on the digital revolution and how it has affected filmmaking are featured in Keanu Reeves' acclaimed documentary side by side. She was honored to be featured in Kodak's long-running onfilm series. In 2015, Reed was honored at the Fusion Film Festival and named their 2015 Woman of the Year.
Reed’s work appears regularly at the Sundance Film Festival. in 2008, audiences in Park City saw the premiere of frozen river, which won the grand jury prize and went on to be nominated for two academy awards (best actress for Melissa Leo and best screenplay) and seven independent spirit awards, including best picture; Reed’s work on the film was the subject of an article in American Cinematographer. In the years following, Reed’s other Sundance premieres have included little birds, which was in competition at the 2011 festival; shut up and play the hits, a feature-length documentary about the band LCD Soundsystem that premiered at the 2012 festival; for ellen, which also premiered at the 2012 festival in the dramatic competition; the inevitable defeat of mister & pete, a 2013 drama directed by george tillman jr. and stars jennifer hudson, anthony mackie, and jeffrey wright; kill your darlings, a 35mm period piece about the beat poets set in 1943, starring daniel radcliffe, michael c. hall, dane dehaan, ben foster, jack huston, elizabeth olsen, kyra sedgwick, david cross, and jennifer jason leigh was released theatrically and premiered at Sundance, as well as the Toronto and Venice Film Festivals; The Skeleton Twins, a black comedy starring kristen wiig, bill hader, luke wilson, and Ty Burrell, directed by Craig Johnson and co-written by Mark Heyman (Black Swan); War Story, a dark drama filmed in Sicily starring Catherine Keener and Sir Ben Kingsley, directed by Mark Jackson (Without).
In addition to the subsequent theatrical releases of these Sundance premieres, other recent releases include the cult 35mm and 65mm dark drama Autumn Blood, shot in the Tyrolean Alps in Austria, starring Sophie Lowe, Peter Stormare, and Gustaf Skarsgård (see the trailer here); and Rob Reiner's latest feature, and so it goes, starring michael douglas and diane keaton, written by Mark Andrus (As Good As It Gets) (this is Reed's second feature with Reiner, after 2012's the magic of belle isle, which starred Morgan Freeman and Virginia Madsen).
In January of 2014, HBO premiered the first season of its new original series, looking, shot by Reed and directed by Andrew Haigh (Weekend). Also in 2014, Reed launched a petition to control motion interpolation aka "the soap opera effect" on our HDTVs; Reed's change.org petition is supported by nearly 11,000 signatures and has gained momentum, attracting the attention of both the film and technology communities.
Reed went on to make her directing debut in the summer of 2014 with the drama “Meadowland”, starring Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, and Giovanni Ribisi. While directing, Reed also served as the DP on the film, which premiered in competition at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival to compelling reviews: Clayton David of Awards Circuit celebrated the film’s performances, praising Reed’s direction and calling Olivia Wilde “electrifying” — “her finest acting performance of her career yet … simply astonishing,” he continues. Indiewire’s Rodrigo Perez called the drama “a visceral and often emotionally bruising examination of grief that possesses an engrossing gut-punch quality”; “Meadowland is powerful film-making,” Jordan Hoffman of the Guardian echoed. Screen Daily’s Graham Fuller concluded: “It’ll be no surprise if Morano (as first-time hyphenate) and her excellent leads, Wilde especially, figure among year-end indie awards nominations.”
Reed spent 2015 as the DP on the HBO series, "Vinyl", produced by Martin Scorsese, Terrence Winter, and Mick Jagger.
In 2016, Reed directed the season two premiere of “Billions” for Showtime and an episode of “Halt and Catch Fire” for AMC -- while spending the second half of the year in Toronto directing the pilot and episodes 2 & 3 of the highly anticipated series "The Handmaid's Tale" for Hulu and MGM.
In 2017, she can next be seen directing the feature “I Think We’re Alone Now” with Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning.