Dawn Jones Redstone
Gay, Latina filmmaker bringing diverse voices to the screen
Recipient of MRG Foundation’s Lilla Jewel Artist Award
Named Woman of Vision by Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce
Recipient of multiple Regional Arts and Culture Council grants
In 2015 Dawn directed and co-wrote Sista in the Brotherhood, a twenty minute short film about a black apprentice carpenter who experiences discrimination on the job and must between taking a stand or keeping her job. The film has won multiple awards around the country and continues to be used as a teaching tool within the construction industry.
AWARDS & SELECTIONS
Best Short Film · Portland International Film Festival (2016)
Best Oregon Short Film · Portland Int'l Film Festival (2016)
Best Narrative Short Film · Workers Unite Film Festival (2016)
Best Short Film · Local Sightings Film Festival (2016)
Spirit Award · Reel Sisters Film Festival (2016)
Best Short Film · International Black Film Festival (2016)
Best Actress · International Black Film Festival (2016)
Best Short Film · Winter Film Awards (2017)
Best of Fest · Black Women Film Festival (2017)
Best in Show · Chicago Feminist Film Festival (2017)
Director's statement and film press here.
"Sista in the Brotherhood is what we need right now." - Winter Film Awards, NYC
- Dawn is currently developing her first feature film, a thriller about a Latina carpenter and her young male apprentice who stumble upon a forced labor camp on their jobsite and must learn to work together and use their skills to escape their captors.
- Dawn is directing the upcoming short, We Have Our Ways, written by Kjerstin Johnson. In a dystopic but increasingly recognizable future, two women of color navigate state violence, reproductive justice, and doing what you have to against all odds. The film is made possible via a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council.
- Director of upcoming web series about a girl on a mission in the whitest city in America, Nonprofit, created by Luann Algoso.
- Directing upcoming short, Nemesis, currently in development with writer/actor Brenan Dwyer. It's an exploration of white male fragility as told through a single match of Scrabble.
- Dawn was recently selected to shadow acclaimed director Debra Granik during filming for the feature film My Abandonment.
- This year, Graphic Means, directed by Briar Levit and DP'd by Dawn, is being released globally.
So this past month, I was given the incredible opportunity to shadow director Debra Granik during filming of her next narrative feature (since Winter's Bone) entitled My Abandonment. I am so grateful for the experience of receiving advice and words of encouragement from her, observing her wisdom in her craft of storytelling and most of all, just seeing a lady director with such skill in action. It is very much my dream to follow in her footsteps and after this experience, it somehow seems more possible. Thank you to the 5to50 Project for making this all happen. It's an invaluable program to help bring equity to our storytelling. --with Juliana Lakasik and Alex Dean. And thank you to @Timbwilliams and @oregonfilm too! #ompamember #womeninfilm #filmfatales #debragranik #womendirected #oregonfilm #myabandonment
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