Dawn Jones Redstone (she/her) is an award-winning queer, Mexican American writer/director whose short films have screened around the globe including the acclaimed Sista in the Brotherhood. Her work often features women of color (cast and crew) and explores themes of resistance, feminism and the internal machinations that help us transform into the people we want to become. She believes in using her hiring decisions to lift people up and help create an inclusive filmmaking community that reflects and brings needed perspective to the world we live in. She resides with her wife and daughter in Portland, Oregon and is currently in post production on her first feature film, Mother of Color. 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. Grant awards include Regional Arts and Culture Council, Portland Art Museum, Seeding Justice, Oregon Futures Lab, Story Changes Culture, Prosper Portland and more. Member: Film Fatales, Women in Film, OMPA, Couch Film Collective, DAMN group.
I've been making videos for a while. Check out some videos from my early days as a one-woman-band to learn more about my journey as a feature film director. While some might balk at the idea of showing less polished work, making the path visible is one way to make things easier for those coming up behind me. Below you'll see a handful of films I shot and directed starting in the early 2000s all the way up to my first short film of note. All of them were made with no budget. Remember, all you really need to make films, is a camera and a point of view!