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Jan 17, 2017

I was on KGW's Live at 7 with a scratchy throat and more news!

I was on KGW's Live at 7 with a scratchy throat and more news!

I am past due on posting multiple videos completed before the end of the year including for The Women's Foundation of Oregon, for Oregon Community Health Workers and for Metro. 

Currently, I just finished a project for APANO and am working on videos for Women's Foundation, NxNE Community Health Center, Metro and Portland5. Still waiting on The Cabin Project's music video to be released--hopefully in the next month. 

In the meantime, the above is a photo of from KGW's Live at 7. I was invited to come on and talk with Josh Leake and Ben Popp about the Golden Globes. I've been sick for weeks and you can tell in the segment because I have the froggiest voice right now. Bleh. I'm not sure how I ended up on the show, but it was fun to put all my watching experience to use. 

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Oct 27, 2016

The DJC Woman of Vision Award!

The DJC Woman of Vision Award!

I look a bit smirky (accidentally), but really I'm overjoyed at being one of many recipients of the Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce's Woman of Vision award. I'm pictured here with Connie Ashbrook, Executive Director of Oregon Tradeswomen who came out to support and Katie Hughes who also won for her work as Executive Director of Girls Build. What a great luncheon!

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The Spirit Award at Reel Sisters in New York City!

The Spirit Award at Reel Sisters in New York City!

This is me in front of the Time Warner Building in New York City where Sista in the Brotherhood won the Spirit Award. So happy to see the film connecting with festivals and audiences around the country!!

The award is on the right and on the left, I'm holding a declaration from the City of New York saying I am "worthy of esteem!" I guess they really take film seriously in New York!

Thanks to Reel Sisters for having us there!

Categories Awards Press Sista in the Brotherhood

Oct 9, 2016

At the Corner of Change featured in We Are Moving Stories

At the Corner of Change featured in We Are Moving Stories

A short we made for Metro screened this weekend at the New Urbanism Film Festival. As part of that, We Are Moving Stories included an interview with me about the film and why it was made. You can read it here!

Categories Awards Documentary Press

Sep 20, 2016

I'm a Woman of Vision! (according to the Daily Journal of Commerce)

I'm a Woman of Vision! (according to the Daily Journal of Commerce)

I was surprised and honored to find out that I've been named a Woman of Vision by the Daily Journal of Commerce for my work helping to diversify the trades. See the announcement here. 

Above, that's me and my friend Katie Hughes. Katie was also named a WOV, for her work as Executive Director of Girls Build. Katie also worked with me at Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. and helped out on set with Sista in the Brotherhood!

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Sep 7, 2016

Article on me and Sista in the Brotherhood in Willamette Week!

Article on me and Sista in the Brotherhood in Willamette Week!

Thank you Lauren Terry and Willamette Week for covering Sista and the story of how it was made!

Read article here. 

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Governor of Oregon tweets about Sista in the Brotherhood!!

Governor of Oregon tweets about Sista in the Brotherhood!!

Yes!!!!! See it here: https://twitter.com/rb4775/status/773553718297886720

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Hearts+Sparks video for Metro featured in New Urbanism Film Festival!

Hearts+Sparks video for Metro featured in New Urbanism Film Festival!

Delighted to announce that a video we made for Metro with Executive Producer Craig Beebe will be featured in the New Urbanism Film Festival in LA in early October!! 

Here's a description of the short: 

Some intersections are more than junctions of physical infrastructure. They are where the past and future cross, where cultures and opportunities meet. One such intersection is Southeast 82nd Avenue and Division Street in Portland.

Check out the festival here.

Categories Documentary Press

Jul 14, 2016

We Are Moving Stories interviews Dawn Jones Redstone

We Are Moving Stories interviews Dawn Jones Redstone

I'm currently in Portland, Maine attending the Bluestocking Film Series where Sista in the Brotherhood will screen tomorrow. The website We Are Moving Stories just interviewed me about the film. You can read it here. 

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Jul 11, 2016

I'm on the cover of OMPA's Call Sheet mag!

I'm on the cover of OMPA's Call Sheet mag!

Delighted to have a chance to talk about Sista in the Brotherhood in Oregon Media Producers Association's Call Sheet. I interview myself and discuss what it's been like to direct and travel with the film. 

Check it out here. 

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Jul 6, 2016

Write up in 1859 Magazine

Write up in 1859 Magazine

Thanks to 1859 magazine for a brief mention!

Read it here.

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May 12, 2016

Sista in the Brotherhood in Portland Tribune!

Sista in the Brotherhood in Portland Tribune!

Late April, Metro held a screening of Sista in the Brotherhood for elected officials, contractors and folks who deal in procuring construction contracts, basically the people who have the most power to set up standards on creating a truly diverse and cohesive workforce. It was an engaging panel with me, Roberta Hunte, Gabrielle Schuster from Metro, Amy James Neel from Oregon Tradesowmen, Inc., Michael Burch from the Carpenter's Union, and Lauren Holmes from Crutcher Lewis. We are grateful to Metro for the chance to screen because this is exactly the audience we wanted for the film! 

Photo from Clackamas Workforce Partnership

Afterward, The Portland Tribune ran an article on the front page of their business section on the film, the panel and the deeper issues. 

You can read the article here. 

Categories Construction Press Sista in the Brotherhood

Apr 12, 2016

Accepting the Lilla Jewel Artist Award

Accepting the Lilla Jewel Artist Award

A week and a half ago, I presented a clip of Sista in the Brotherhood as the recipient of the Lilla Jewel Artist Award at the MRG Foundation's Justice Within Reach event. It was a glorious night where hundreds of people invested in making our community better come together for a night of art, dinner, dancing and fundraising. I put together a speech telling my story of going from carpenter to carpentry trainer at a non-profit to now, filmmaker. I was nervous initially to get on the stage in front of so many, but it was amazing to be in the company of such a generous audience. The best part was hearing how they connected with the film. It was a beautiful night and I'm still very humbled to be connected to the foundation and their important work. 

Above: Me, on stage at the Portland Art Museum at Justice Within Reach.

Categories Awards Non-Profit Video Press Sista in the Brotherhood

Mar 10, 2016

Governor Kate Brown signs bill to expand incentives to make film in Oregon

Governor Kate Brown signs bill to expand incentives to make film in Oregon

Today, as a new member of the Oregon Media Production Assocation or OMPA, I was honored to be invited to attend the signing of Bill 1507 with Governor Kate Brown. I'm excited about how a bill like this will grow greater opportunities for filmmakers and skilled crew here. In some ways, I am just getting started with my career. Every year, I learn more and more about where I want to go and how I want to get there and because of this, it feels really good to be connected with a strong group that benefits filmmakers. 

As a kind of bonus to meeting some outstanding professionals in the state, I found myself in a conversation with a woman named Margaret. I slowly realized that I was chatting up former Senator Margaret Carter (above)!! What an amazing woman. We ended up getting lunch and I'm completely inspired by her leadership path and dedication to the community. 

On top of that, we got a tour of Laika Studios! Amazing. 

Here's a photo with me, OMPA and the Governor!

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Mar 2, 2016

We won!!!

We won!!!

So excited to announce that Sista in the Brotherhood just won Best Short Film and Best Oregon Short Film at the Portland International Film Festival!! We are so thrilled and amazed. Woohoo!!!

Read the article here: http://www.wweek.com/2016/03/01/the-audience-awards-for-the-39th-portland-international-film-festival/

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Mar 1, 2016

Dawn in KGW Live at 7 and KBOO with POWFest!

Dawn in KGW Live at 7 and KBOO with POWFest!

Last week, as part of promoting POWFest, I appeared on KBOO's The Film Show with Jenn Chavez and fellow director Lara Gallagher to talk about women in film. 

Later that night, I appeared with POWFest director, Tara Johnson-Medinger on KGW Live at 7 to talk about the film and the festival. My part was brief, but they actually showed the trailer to Sista in the Brotherhood which was incredible!

The film screens as a part of POWFest on March 3rd at the Hollywood Theater. 

I'll also be speaking at panel on women in film on March 4th at 1 pm.

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Feb 12, 2016

Oregonian gives us some love

Oregonian gives us some love

So happy to see Sista in the Brotherhood imagery, trailer and link in an article highlighting the Oregon films as part of Portland International Film Festival! Come out and see the film Saturday February 20th at 1 pm at Whitsell Auditorium!

The article:  http://www.oregonlive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2016/02/oregon_films_at_portland_inter.html

Our website and screenings info:

http://www.sistainthebrotherhood.com/screenings.html

Categories Narrative film Press Sista in the Brotherhood

Feb 5, 2016

The Lilla Jewel Award!

The Lilla Jewel Award!

I'm proud and honored to announce that I am the winner of this year's Lilla Jewel Award from the MRG Foundation!  What does this mean? Check it out here!

It's an amazing opportunity to reach a wider audience with the film and just acknowledge the many hands who helped make the film happen--especially the work of Dr. Roberta Hunte who inspired the film to begin with. We hope you'll come out and see the film soon. Screening info is here: http://www.sistainthebrotherhood.com/screenings.html

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Nov 23, 2015

Hearts+Sparks Video for PWCL featured on OregonLive

A video we made a while back to help Portland Women's Crisis Line raise money at one of their events, is currently being included on a piece on Charlene, a woman who experiened domestic abuse and courageously pulled her life back together with the help of that organization. 

You can read about Charlene's incredible story here.  Scroll down to see our video under Resources. 

Categories Non-Profit Video Press Promotional Video

Oct 20, 2015

New Article in The Skanner about Sista in the Brotherhood and Premiere Tonight!

Tonight is the premiere of the film Sista in the Brotherhood, directed by Dawn Jones Redstone and co-executive-produced by Roberta Hunte. The Skanner wrote an article about the film. Here it is:

http://www.theskanner.com/entertainment/theater-movies/23247-sista-in-the-brotherhood-film-shows-the-black-tradeswoman-experience

We can't wait for everybody to see the film!

http://www.sistainthebrotherhood.com

Categories Construction Narrative film Press Sista in the Brotherhood

Jun 5, 2015

Sista in the Brotherhood in Bitch Media Podcast

The Bitch Media podcast from Sarah Mirk, Popaganda, came out to the set of Sista in the Brotherhood when we were filming. She captured a bit of us in action and used it as an intro to her podcast on the lack of lady directors in Hollywood. Check it out:   http://tinyurl.com/qxjtutp

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Sep 26, 2014

The Oregonian Covers Sista in the Brotherhood!

Click the title or here to go to the article. 

Casey Parks of the Oregonian interviewed Roberta Hunte to talk to her about the play (running tonight) and the film, both of which sprung from her doctoral thesis on black tradeswomen. Check it out. 

The campaign is moving forward, but we still need your help to bring the project to fruition. Donations of any amount help the project. Thanks for watching and here's a link to th original Kickstarter!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dawnjones/sista-in-the-brotherhood

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May 16, 2013

Hearts+Sparks Sara Jackson-Holman Video Premieres on USA Today!

Check out the new Sara Jackson-Holman video as it premieres on USA Today. Click on the title to see it there or watch it in full quality on the H+S website here.

Categories Music Video Press

Apr 1, 2013

Tiny House Video on Huffington Post

Tiny House Video on Huffington Post

And today the tiny house video and Hearts+Sparks got a warm hug from Huffington Post here. 

Here's a pic from the making of the video showing the whole crew helping out for the last scenes of Katie inside the house.

It might be time to roll up my sleeves and do some more sketch comedy!

Categories In the Field Narrative Video Press

Mar 31, 2013

The Tiny House Video On AtlanticCities Blog

Over the weekend, the video I posted online in January of 2012, got thousands of more views after being featured on TheAtlanticCities.com. I'm flattered to say that they mistakenly credited it as made by the crew of Portlandia, the tv show. 

It was originally made for a tv show, but the video has continued to have a life of it's own online through the tiny house community. 

Check out the link here.

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