Jon Moritsugu

Moving Image, 2001

Writer/director Jon Moritsugu has been making films since 1985. In 1989, Village Voice critic J. Hoberman called Moritsugu’s Brown University thesis short, Der Elvis, one of the “Top 50 films of the 80’s.” Since then, his features Mod F**k Explosion, My Degeneration, Fame Whore, Scumrock, and Hippy Porn have scorched eyeballs worldwide at Sundance, MOMA, Cannes and The Guggenheim, and in Berlin and Toronto. In 1993, James Schamus (Focus Features) produced Moritsugu’s television comedy, Terminal USA, which aired nationwide on PBS. Moritsugu has garnered critical acclaim and top awards at the New York Underground Film Festival (Best Feature 3 times in a row) and Oscar consideration for his movie, Fame Whore. In 2012, his music video No Future Shock for the band TV On The Radio received a Grammy nomination. Moritsugu recently received the Chicago Underground Film Festival “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his newest feature, Pig Death Machine.

Awards and Accomplishments


Moritsugu receives the Jack Smith Lifetime Achievement Award for Pig Death Machine at the 20th Chicago Underground Film Festival 


Moritsugu has a retrospective of seven feature and nine short films called Post Modernism - Who Cares? at the Spectacle Theatre, Brooklyn


Moritsugu has a retrospective of seven feature and nine short films called The Trash Treasures of Jon Moritsugu at the Roxie Theater, San Francisco


Moritsugu receives a Grammy Nomination in Long Form Music Video for No Future Shock by TV ON THE RADIO

2004: Moritsugu is given a retrospective screening at Anthology Film Archives in New York

2004: Moritsugu is featured in a _Village Voice_ article titled, “Sub-masters: San Francisco Cult Auteurs Keep the Outsider Fires Burning”


Moritsugu receives the New York Underground Film Festival's "Best Feature" Award for Scumrock


Moritsugu wins the Chicago Underground Film Festival "Best Feature" Award for Scumrock