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
We Have Our Ways was written by Kjerstin Johnson, produced by Christian Henry and made possible by a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council. The film will be officially released and on the festival circuit in 2018.
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 stars Sidony O'Neal and was produced by Roberta Hunte. After winning multiple awards around the country, Sista 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)
"Sista in the Brotherhood is what we need right now." - Winter Film Awards, NYC
Director's statement and film press here.
- 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 director of upcoming web series about a girl on a mission in the whitest city in America, Nonprofit, created by Luann Algoso.
- Dawn directed the 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 and was awarded funding via the POST-TRUTH project created by Lower Boom and Open Signal in Portland.
- 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.
- Dawn served as DP on Shilpa Sunthankar's short film Working Lunch to be released in 2018.
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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