Celeste’s Dreams

When a creative young woman becomes the same age her mother was when she passed, her life stagnates, forcing her to reconcile a longstanding fear and opening up an opportunity for her to pursue their shared dream.

  • Iona Morris
  • Iona Morris
  • Sherri G. Sneed
    The Ricki Lake Show, The View, Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored
  • Cameo
    Key Cast
    Henry Danger, The Haves and the Have Nots, Inner Journey
  • Nic Few
    Key Cast
    "Jeffrey Au-Delà"
    Chips, Eleventh Hour, The Catch
  • Penny Johnson Jerald
    Key Cast
    "Penelope "
    The Orville, Castle, 24
  • Phil Morris
    Key Cast
    Seinfeld, Doom Patrol, #BlackAF
  • Denise Dowse
    Key Cast
    "Dr. Soji"
    Insecure, Good Trouble, Imposters
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Drama, Romance
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 30, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    4K UHD
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Iona Morris

Iona just wrapped shooting her short film, Celeste’s Dreams, which she wrote, directed and exec. produced. She has won 2 NAACP Theatre Awards: Best Theatre Director award for SASSY MAMAS she also acted in and Best Solo Performer for her play FOR YOU about her father, actor Greg Morris, from the hit ’70’s series MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE. Iona directed/co-wrote the star-studded sold out concert event, Broadway Under The Stars: 35th Anniversary of Dreamgirls starring the 3 originals - Loretta Devine, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Jennifer Holliday. Directed the multi-award winning BAG LADY, written/starring Tammi Mac, beginning its tour May 2017. Directed several successful solo shows starring Jenifer Lewis, Kim Wayans, directed/co-wrote Blair Underwood’s one-man show, directed Michael Colyar’s one-man show, directed/contributing monologuist for Penny Johnson Jerald’s and many others. Currently directing a solo show written and starring Austen Jaye titled, HARRY BELAFONTE: UNAUTHORIZED. Iona directed the 21 person musical Sheba in L.A. and at the N.Y. Musical Theatre Festival, assistant directed Purlie and Ray Charles Live! under Sheldon Epps, at the Pasadena Playhouse. She’s directedVagina Monologues many times with star-studded casts from coast to coast.

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Director Statement

I've been a theatre director for over 25 years, along with being an actress on television and stage for over 35. I've enjoyed my work. But, directing on film, writing the script and working with such wonderful actors and crew was a journey of storytelling I hadn't known. This was a rush! With all the mishegoss, it was worth it because the story is what leads every moment, and to beautiful completion was my goal. I'm very happy with my first short, "Celeste's Dreams". This has birthed more stories and filming I am in pre-production to tell.