Since then, his features MOD FUCK EXPLOSION, MY DEGENERATION, FAME WHORE, SCUMROCK, HIPPY PORN and PIG DEATH MACHINE have scorched eyeballs worldwide from Sundance to MOMA to Cannes to the Guggenheim to Berlin to the Whitney to Toronto to name a few. In 1993, James Schamus (former CEO of Focus Features) produced Moritsugu’s television comedy, TERMINAL USA, which aired nationwide on PBS.
Moritsugu has garnered the top award at the New York Underground Film Festival (“Best Feature” 3 times in a row), a Screenwriting Award at the Austin Film Festival and “Oscar Consideration” for his feature, FAME WHORE.
He has worked with his wife/leading lady Amy Davis for 20 years, who was co-writer of SCUMROCK and PIG DEATH MACHINE. In 2012, their “No Future Shock” music video for the band TV ON THE RADIO received a GRAMMY NOMINATION in the “Long Form Video” category.
Moritsugu and Davis premiered PIG DEATH MACHINE at the 2013 Chicago Underground Film Festival, where they both won the “Jack Smith Lifetime Achievement Award.” The movie screened at the Downtown Independent (Los Angeles), Roxie Theater (San Francisco), and the Spectacle Theater (Williamsburg, Brooklyn) with the entire Moritsugu retrospective comprised of 7 features and 9 shorts.
In 2015, James Schamus stated to THE NEW YORK TIMES, “Jon is a true cinema original. I’d rather be spit on by Jon than kissed by 95% of the directors out there.” The next year, ROLLING STONE selected MY DEGENERATION, Moritsugu’s first feature, as “one of the 25 greatest punk rock movies of all time.”
In August 2017, principle photography was completed for NUMBSKULL REVOLUTION, Moritsugu’s 8th feature. Shot in New Mexico, the movie is a deconstruction of the world of “kunst” and stars James Duval and Amy Davis as rival conceptual artists. Completion is projected for late spring, 2018.
2012 GRAMMY NOMINATION (Long Form Video) for “NO FUTURE SHOCK” by TV ON THE RADIO
2003 NEW YORK UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL “Best Feature” for SCUMROCK
2002 CHICAGO UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL “Best Feature” for SCUMROCK
1999 OSCAR CONTENDER recognition for FAME WHORE
1997 NEW YORK UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL “Best Feature” + “Festival Choice” for FAME WHORE
1997 HONOLULU UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL “Best Feature” for FAME WHORE
1997 AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL “Screenplay Semi-Finalist” for FAME WHORE
1995 NEW YORK UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL “Best Feature” for MOD FUCK EXPLOSION
1990 BIG MUDDY FILM FESTIVAL “Popular Choice” for MY DEGENERATION
1990 THE VILLAGE VOICE “Top 50 Movies of the 1980’s” for DER ELVIS
1987 BROWN UNIVERSITY “Albin Polasek Award”
2008 TRIBECA FILM INSTITUTE audience development grant
2005 CREATIVE CAPITAL FOUNDATION distribution grant for SCUMROCK
2001 CREATIVE CAPITAL FOUNDATION post-production grant for SCUMROCK
2001 CHICAGO UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL post-production grant for SCUMROCK
1998 DOCKERS/LEVI STRAUSS short film commission for CRACK
1996 ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION AWARD for FAME WHORE
1993 INDEPENDENT TELEVISION SERVICE production grant for TERMINAL, USA
1992 NATIONAL ASIAN AMERICAN TELECOMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATION production grant for MOD FUCK EXPLOSION