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Dawn Jones Redstone (she/her) is a queer, Mexican American writer/director in Portland, Oregon. Her multi- award-winning feature film Mother of Color is now out on major streamers. Prior to that she directed multiple short films including the acclaimed Sista in the Brotherhood, distributed by Collective Eye, tweeted about by the Governor of Oregon, and purchased by the US Dept of Labor.


Rooted in cinema as the ultimate empathy machine, her narratives often feature women of color exploring themes of resistance, emotional spirituality, and self actualization. She believes in using her hiring decisions to help create an inclusive filmmaking community that reflects and brings needed perspective to the world we live in.

In addition to running her own video production business, Hearts+Sparks, Dawn currently works part-time as a Creative Director at Funnelbox, a commercial video production/animation studio. Her project, Appliance of Science, was selected for the Stowe Story Feature Campus. She is also a mentor for the Women in Film Portland chapter's new Educate/Incubate program.

In 2017, she was selected to shadow Debra Granik on the set of Leave No Trace. She was named a Woman of Vision by the Daily Journal of Commerce and is the recipient of OMPA's Inspiration and Service Award for her work helping to bring equity to the state film incentives in the form of HB 3010. Additionally, Dawn was a nominee for the Lynn Shelton grant.


Grant awards include Regional Arts and Culture Council, Portland Art Museum, Seeding Justice, Oregon Futures Lab, Story Changes Culture, Prosper Portland and more.

Member of Film Fatales, Women in Film, OMPA, and the Catalyst Film Collective.


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