Photo by Kim Nguyen
Hearts+Sparks Productions is a video strategy and production company based in Portland, Oregon. Hearts+Sparks crafts striking, spreadable video, but specializes in community minded, doc-style video. Owner/Filmmaker, Dawn Jones Redstone, combines over nine years experience in the non-profit sector with her unique brand of award-winning filmmaking.
In her video collaboration, Dawn wants the mission, work, and personality of her collaborators to shine through. Above all, she wants to tell a story--your story--and will strategize with you personally to reach your audience, share your mission, and involve your community through the ever-growing power of video.
Her work has appeared around the country in commercials, film festivals, in the news and more. She is the 2016 recipient of the Lilla Jewel Award and has been named a Woman of Vision by the Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce.
Dawn is the Director and Co-writer of the short film, Sista in the Brotherhood. The film has won multiple awards including Best Short Film and Best Oregon Short Film at the Portland International Film Festival as well as the Spirit Award from Reel Sisters in NYC. She is also the photographer for the Tradeswoman Image Library as found here. Both projects represent her ongoing work to help bring diversity to the construction trades. (See the construction section here.)
Dawn is a teacher, a Neighborhood Emergency Team volunteer, a writer, a journey-level carpenter, returned Peace Corps volunteer, a consultant and a speaker of Spanish. Previously, Dawn worked as Training Manager and Videographer for Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. for almost nine years. Her work included teaching carpentry, promoting diversity and helping women and people of color access living wage careers in construction.
These many experiences, along with the skills she brings as a Director/Editor/Director of Photography, all inform the films she loves to create.
Hearts+Sparks is a state-certified Minority, Woman and Small Business Enterprise.
Member Women in Film, Film Fatales, Oregon Media Producer's Association and Women's Foundation of Oregon.
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Dawn speaking and receiving the Lilla Jewel Artist Award at MRG Foundation's event.
“When we came to Dawn, we had no clear idea of what our video should look like, or even what the narrative should be. We went to her with a list of goals, and she walked us through every part of the process. From our initial conversations, through production and post-production, we were impressed with Dawn’s mastery of craft and how easy it was to work with her. She came up with new ways to approach the material on the fly, and was open to our input at every stage, even at the very end when the deadline was approaching. Speaking of deadlines: Dawn is fast. She sent us drafts quicker than we could give feedback! Luckily, Dawn was patient with us as we stumbled through our first video project, and communicated clearly and efficiently. We can’t recommend her highly enough, and plan to use her for all of our future video needs.”
--John Becker, Fourth-generation Co-author of Joy of Cooking
Dawn operating a Steadicam with a C300 camera on the waterfront in North Portland.