Reed Morano Biography, Age, Family, Career, The Rhythm Section Interview, and Filmography.

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Reed Morano Biography

Reed Morano is a cinematographer and director from the United States. She is famous for her cinematography on feature films such as Frozen River in 2008, Kill Your Darlings in 2013 and The Skeleton Twins in 2014.

She became the youngest member of the American Society of Cinematographers in 2013. Additionally, she is one of 14 women in an organization of approximately 345 active members.

She made her directorial debut with her feature film Meadowland two years later. Additionally, she was the director behind the first three episodes of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

For this, she won an Emmy Award. In addition, she won a Directors Guild of America Award for directing a drama series for the episode “Offred” of The Handmaid’s Tale.

The feat made her the first woman to win the Emmy and Directors Guild Award for directing a drama series.

Reed Morano Age

She was born on the 15th of April in 1977 in Omaha, Nebraska. She is 45 years old as of 2022.

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Reed Morano Family

Morano was born in Omaha, Nebraska. She was born to Winslow and Lyn Mankin. She is one of two children and has a brother named Justin.

While she was still young, her parents divorced and she and her brother lived with their mother in Long Island.

Her mother got married to their step-father and second husband, Casey Morano. Following this, she got two older step-siblings and subsequently, three half-siblings Jordan, Morgan, and Ali.

Her brother, Justin is currently a professor of climate science at Dartmouth College. She cites her step-father as her influence in the cinematography career as he was the one who gave her a video camera at a young age.

In 2008, she married fellow cinematographer and gaffer Matt Walker. The couple has two sons. The couple divorced in 2018. She lives with her two sons in Brooklyn, New York.

Net worth

Morano has a net worth of approximately $5 Million as of 2023

Reed Morano Career

Cinematography Career:

Her cinematography has appeared regularly at the Sundance Film Festival. Her debut film at the festival was the 2008 crime drama, Frozen River the film won the Grand Jury prize.

Additionally, the film was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for the category Best Picture. Little Birds, a film shot by Morano in 2011, premiered at Sundance as well.

The next year, two films shot by Morano premiered there: Shut Up and Play the Hits, a feature-length documentary about the band LCD Soundsystem, and So Yong Kim’s For Ellen, a film starring Paul Dano.

Kill Your Darlings, a 2013 American biographical drama film, a 35mm period piece about the beat poets set in 1943, premiered there.

The film was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Venice film festival. The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete, 2013 American drama film, premiered at Sundance as well and theatrically released.

In 2014, two feature films shot by Morano premiered there: The Skeleton Twins, an American comedy-drama film starring Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, directed by Craig Johnson, and Mark Jackson’s War Story, an American dark drama filmed in Sicily starring Catherine Keener and Sir Ben Kingsley.

Additionally, she filmed the series premiere of HBO’s drama Looking in 2014 and episodes of Vinyl, produced by Martin Scorsese, Terence Winter, and Mick Jagger.

Directorial Career:

Morano was the director of photography on her first directorial feature, the 2015 drama film, Meadowland.

The film stars Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi, Elisabeth Moss, Juno Temple, and John Leguizamo.

The film was premiered in the dramatic competition at the Tribeca Film Festival in April of 2015.

In of 2017, Morano directed three episodes of the TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

The film was released by the streaming service Hulu in April of 2017. For her efforts on The Handmaid’s Tale, she won an Emmy Award.

Additionally, she also won a Directors Guild of America Award for directing a drama series for the episode “Offred” of The Handmaid’s Tale.

This makes her the first woman to win the Emmy and Directors Guild Award for directing a drama series.

She directed and shot I Think We’re Alone Now in 2018, a post-apocalyptic drama based on the companionship between Del (Peter Dinklage) and Grace (Elle Fanning).

At the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, the film was premiered. On the 14th of September in 2018, the film was released to theaters.



Film and television



Off the Grid: Life on the Mesa



Frozen River


Little Birds

Yelling to the Sky


For Ellen

Shut Up and Play the Hits

Free Samples

The Magic of Belle Isle


Kill Your Darlings

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete

Autumn Blood


The Skeleton Twins

War Story


Cinematographer (season 1)

And So It Goes




Director and Cinematographer




Halt and Catch Fire







The Handmaid’s Tale

Director and Executive Producer


I Think We’re Alone Now

Director and Cinematographer


The Rhythm Section