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Sep 1, 2017

I'm in Portland Monthly

I'm in Portland Monthly

This month I'm quoted in Portland Monthly talking about what it means to be an artist making art right now. 

Brenan Dwyer and I were selected to make a short film as part of the Open Signal and Lower Boom POST-TRUTH project which was included in the article. 

Read the article here. 

Jul 2, 2017

Casting Call for short film Nemesis

CASTING white man, 40+ for the short comedy film “Nemesis” directed by award-winning filmmaker Dawn Jones Redstone, written and produced by Brenan Dwyer of Potty Talk Productions.

Character: “Geordi” is a cocky all-American man who considers himself a Scrabble genius.

About the film: “Nemesis” is a comedy film that explores white male fragility through a single Scrabble match. The film has received funding from and will be part of programming for the Post Truth Project run by Open Signal and Lower Boom in November 2017. Potential for festival distribution as well.
Shoot dates: July 29-30. Possibility of 1 or 2 days of filming.
Pay: $100 p/day plus meals on set.
Casting non-union talent only
1 rehearsal/wardrobe fitting prior to filming

To audition: video submission
Record a video and email to casting@heartsandsparksproductions.com . Include headshot and resume in email and indicate your availability for July 15 for callbacks and July 28-29 for filming.
Go to the following website for the text to prepare and record: www.pottytalkpdx.com/casting
Submit by July 12
Casual, low-quality, or cell-phone videos acceptable.
IMPORTANT: this is copyrighted material. Please do not post your audition video as “public” on YouTube. If you post to Youtube, please post as Unlisted and provide link.

Jun 29, 2017

Directed by Women interviewed me!

Thanks to Directed by Women for all the work they do to try to move the dial and highlight women directors. Last year the number of women directors in film went DOWN!

Here's a link to the article:  http://directedbywomen.com/dawn-jones-redstone-telling-stories-to-change-reality/

Jun 24, 2017

Casting call for We Have Our Ways

CASTING CALL:

WE HAVE OUR WAYS is now casting for two roles. WE HAVE OUR WAYS is directed by award-winning director Dawn Jones Redstone of Sista in the Brotherhood written by Kjerstin Johnson, former editor in chief of Bitch Magazine, and produced by Christian Henry, a television writer and producer for a network affiliate of NBC. This film is funded by the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

SYNOPSIS: In a dystopic near future, two women of color struggle to navigate healthcare, state violence, and reproductive justice.

Abigail
Early 20’s, African American female
Young student who lives with her older, wiser cousin Regina. Abigail finds herself in a bind, and must rely on her cousin to get the help she needs. Abigail feels helpless in the face of something huge and dangerous, but perseveres without knowing what the future holds. 

Mari
20’s, female, Latina
Young healthcare worker at an underground clinic. Her job is stressful enough as it is, but when her coworker gets arrested and clients still need her, she must make a decision about what she’s willing to do for others. Actor appears in single critical scene, must be able to cry.

Production title: We Have Our Ways
Union / Non-Union: Non-Union
Production Type: Independent
Project length: Short Film 
Posted on: June 24th
Director: Dawn Jones Redstone
Producer: Christian Henry
Writer: Kjerstin Johnson
Audition Location: NW Film Center
Shooting Location: Portland
Submit headshots, resume & reel (if available) to: whowfilm@gmail.com
Compensation: Yes

KEY DATES
Auditions:
July 8th 9:30am - 2pm
(Time slots will be given out)

Shooting: 
Aug. 19th & Aug. 26th 
Abigail will be needed for both shoot dates.
Mari will be needed for one shoot date, at night.

Jun 19, 2017

What I'm working on--all the things

What I'm working on--all the things

It's been a busy few months though you can hardly tell from my blog. I've been behind on updating here. 

I've been working on videos with the Portland Water Consortium, Portland'5, APANO and then also working on narrative projects. I shot the short film Working Lunch

Shooting with my GH5 on the RoninM gimbal for a short film directed by Shilpa Sunthankar. I'm in there somewhere. 

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On set of Working Lunch with producer Tara Johnson Medinger and Shilpa Sunthankar.

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During my job shadow with director Debra Granik while she was in town filming her next feature film. Her previous narrative film, nominated for multiple Oscars, was entitled Winter's Bone and starred Jennifer Lawrence. I got to follow her around on set, learning her ways and yes, it was amazing!

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I've signed on to direct the new web series by creator Luann Algoso about a nonprofit workers in the whitest city in America. The series is called "Nonprofit."  Above, Amy Nieto-Cruz, producer, me and Luann Algoso. Luann will also star in the project. 

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Q and A with Briar Levit, director of Graphic Means, a documentary short that I shot. Briar and I travelled all over to make her film about the world of design before computers. It was a sold out audience at the Hollywood Theater and currently, the film is screening around the world!

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Above photo by Kjerstin Johnson. Kjerstin and I received a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council to make a film. We had a table read recently and are in the process of building our team. I'll direct. Kjerstin wrote the script. Christian Henry will produce and Sidony O'neal will star!  Stay tuned! 

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