American cinematographer and director Reed Morano was born in Omaha, Nebraska. After graduating UG Film & TV, she later returned as an adjunct cinematography professor and co-instructed the first Advanced Television classes offered.
She is best known for directing the first three episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale, which won her an Emmy in 2017. She is the first woman to win an Emmy for directing a drama in 22 years.
Before winning an Emmy, Morano was known for her cinematography on feature films such as Kill Your Darlings, The Skeleton Twins, and Frozen River, all which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
In the year 2013, Morano was invited to join the American Society of Cinematographers, making her the youngest member and one of only 14 women in an organization of approximately 345 active members.
Throughout her successful career, Morano was nominated and received many awards, including one for the movie Frozen, which won the Grand Jury prize and was nominated for two Academy Awards: best actress for Melissa Leo and best screenplay. In addition, the movie was also nominated for seven Independent Spirit Awards including best picture. In 2011, she was honored at the Women in Film and Television International’s Crystal and Lucy awards with the 2011 Kodak Vision Award. In the same year, she was named on of Variety’s “10 Cinematographers to Watch.” In 2015, Morano was honored at the Fusion Film Festival and was named their 2015 Woman of the Year.