The award winning documentary film director and producer, Susan Morgan Cooper, grew up in a tiny village in Wales where her parents produced plays to raise money for charity. Shortly after arriving in America, she landed a small role in a Clint Eastwood film, but found film editing more fascinating than acting.
In 1991, when she met a 16 year old girl from Croatia, displaced by The Balkan War, Susan felt compelled to make her first documentary , Mirjana- One Girl’s Journey. In 2000 she produced and directed a documentary television series about heroes, called Heroes and Sheroes…ordinary people who did extraordinary things for others. For three months in 2005 she filmed in Tuscany ‘The Making Of’ Shadows in the Sun, directed by Brad Mirman with Harvey Keitel, Joshua Jackson, Claire Forlani and Giancarlo Giannini .
In 2008 Susan made the highly acclaimed, award winning documentary, An Unlikely Weapon. It was the story of Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographer, Eddie Adams, who’s Saigon Execution photo was credited with helping end the Vietnam War. The Hollywood Reporter called it ‘ a terrific documentary’.
In 2012 Susan went to China to film Mulberry Child, where she traced a present day mother and daughter’s emotional disconnect back to Mao’s Cultural Revolution. Critic Roger Ebert called Mulberry Child ‘a powerful and touching film’ and gave it three and a half stars.
In 2013, with Cass Warner, Susan co-wrote and co-produced a documentary about the iconic actor Dennis Hopper.
“I was moved to tears watching Cass Warner’s documentary on Dennis Hopper” Mike Medavoy
In 2015 Susan completed a film on the Russian Adoption Ban and it’s impact on hundreds of American families and thousands of Russian orphans. ” A must see documentary ” Senator John McCain.
Currently Susan is in pre-production on a narrative feature film , East L.A. Kings.