Magazine article Variety

Sarandon Helps Ex-Banker Make Social Justice Films

Magazine article Variety

Sarandon Helps Ex-Banker Make Social Justice Films

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Thomas Morgan's career path began to change the day he went to his daughter's school presentation. His transformation solidified the day he met actress Susan Sarandon.

Morgan, an investment banker, became involved after the event as his daughter and a friend were discussing a play date. "I said, well, you can go to her house or she can come to our house." The two girls became quiet, and his daughter said: "Dad, she lives in the Walmart parking lot with her family. I can't go to her house."

Later, in N.Y. on business, Morgan was attending a party at a restaurant partowned by Sarandon. Talking with a guest who turned out to be "Super Size Me" director Morgan Spurlock, he brought up the idea of a documentary on homelessness. Spurlock announced the notion to Sarandon, who said, "How do I help you?" Says Morgan: "I went home, quit my job, downsized my life, and told my wife, T have to do this.'"

Last month at the Sedona Film Festival, Sarandon, Jonathan Bricklin and Morgan launched Reframed Pictures with the premiere of Morgan's "These Storied Streets," which explores homelessness across America. The shingle's mission: to make films on human rights and social justice issues. "We want to find stories that make it very personal, and say here's what you can do to help," Morgan says. …

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