Mar 20, 2017
Jan 17, 2017
We found out in late December that Sista in the Brotherhood won two awards at the International Black Film Festival: Best Short and Best Actress for Sidony O'neal who plays the lead, Laneice in the film. Congrats to our team and especially to Sidony who carried the film.
Oct 27, 2016
Sista in the Brotherhood is nearing the end of its festival run. In early November, we'll be screening at the St. Louis International Film Festival, our first Oscar-qualifying festival. So excited to attend adn check out all the other movies.
Here are some photos from various festivals.
Here's a photo of producer Maggie Renzi and director John Sayles at Bend Film Festival! They said they loved Sista in the Brotherhood! Amazing!!
Here's a photo of me with judge Paula Bernstein of Filmmaker Magazine, judge Khalik Allah, New York based filmmaker and photographer who also worked on Beyoncé's Lemonade and Director of NW Film Forum in Seattle, Courtney Sheehan. Sista in the Brotherhood won Best Short Film!!
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!
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!
Sep 7, 2016
Thank you Lauren Terry and Willamette Week for covering Sista and the story of how it was made!
Read article here.
Yes!!!!! See it here: https://twitter.com/rb4775/status/773553718297886720
Sep 2, 2016
Read the great coverage here!
Jul 22, 2016
I returned Sunday from a trip to Portland, Maine where I attended the Bluestocking Film Festival in Portland, Maine.
Sista in the Brotherhood screened with some incredible films and I did a Q and A after. We just received notice from three more festivals so I expect to be traveling more. It's such a thrill to watch it with audiences around the country!
Jul 14, 2016
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.
Jul 11, 2016
May 12, 2016
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.
Apr 12, 2016
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.
Mar 30, 2016
Last week, I was in NYC screening Sista in the Brotherhood at the African American Women in Cinema Festival as well as for a group of tradeswomen at the plumber's local.
Above is a photo I snapped with Judaline Cassidy from the Plumber's Union Local 1. We were truly honored to present the film to them.
Mar 2, 2016
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/
Mar 1, 2016
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.
Feb 23, 2016
An image from last night's packed screening at PSU for Sista in the Brotherhood. Afterward, we had a panel discussion with Dawn Jones Redstone, Dr. Roberta Hunte, Sidony O'neal, Abby Bandurraga and Michelle Douglas. Check the website for the latest: www.sistainthebrotherhood.com
Feb 12, 2016
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!
Our website and screenings info:
Oct 20, 2015
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:
We can't wait for everybody to see the film!
Oct 1, 2015
Sep 28, 2015
Hearts+Sparks has been working with Dr. Roberta Hunte to create a 20 minute short film about the experience of black tradeswomen working construction. It's been over a year in the making from Kickstarter and grants to casting and shoot.
Learn more about the film here.
Get your tickets here. There's only 7 left this morning!!
We can't wait for the world to see it!
Sep 8, 2015
Last week, I went out with a skeleton crew of three total and lead actor Sidony O'Neal to get a bit of additional footage for the film, Sista in the Brotherhood. In the meantime, we've quietly launched our new website, but it's a work in progress. You can check it out here:
Above: Sidony, O'Neal, me and Kaeli Casati down near the Sellwod Bridge. Not pictured: Dan Pool.
Jun 5, 2015
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
Jun 3, 2015
A photo from last week's final shoot (we hope) for Sista in the Brotherhood. We shot Saturday night with a gang (crew) of mighty folks including Moni the baby girl in the scene!
I got to do some additional camera operating for this scene so picture me running alongside a car with thousands of dollars worth of gear!
Actor Sidony O'neal gets mic'd by Cassie Cohn, our assistant director who also ran sound for this bonus shoot.
May 17, 2015
The past few days have been a whirlwind since filming of the short film Sista in the Brotherhood began. Learn more about the film directed by Dawn Jones Redstone here. It's been a lot of very hard work with an outstanding cast and crew to make this movie. More pics below!
Apr 27, 2015
Apr 9, 2015
Last night, we brought our cast together for the first time to meet, read through the script, and break down the story! After hours and hours spent online or in meetings with just Robert Hunte and I, this felt like a major step toward making the film a reality. We are so grateful for all of our supporters of the film!!
You can like us on Facebook for more updates: https://www.facebook.com/SistaInTheBrotherhoodFilm?ref=hl
Apr 1, 2015
A picture of our casting panel for Sista in the Brotherhood. We saw about 20 guys vying for the role of construction crew in the film and hope to finalize soon! Our short film, Sista in the Brotherhood, is coming alive!!!
Thanks to Angela Bonilla, Josie Seid and Bridget Quinn for helping Robert and I make this decisions!
Mar 16, 2015
Production title: Sista in the Brotherhood
Production Type: Independent, Non-Union
Project length: 15 minutes
Production/shooting location: Portland, Oregon
Production Company: Hearts + Sparks Productions
Company website: http://heartsandsparksproductions.com/
Director: Dawn Jones Redstone
Producer: Roberta Hunte
Director of Photography: Kia Anne Geraths
We are a lady-run, indie production seeking to cast the following male roles for our short film entitled Sista in the Brotherhood. You must appear strong enough to look like you do/have done physical labor for a living. This doesn't mean you have to be ripped or thin, just look strong. We'd like to see a mix of body types.
JACK: Early forties, white, fit, strong, muscular, tall, less well-mannered. Lives in a rural area, works in the city, but has been working construction for a long time. He took to chewing sunflower seeds when he quit smoking. He's an accomplished carpenter who has worked his way up as a lead. He's grown up in the trades and worked only with men and he feels somewhat threatened by those he's less familiar with. In particular, he is hostile to new people and suspicious of people who are not of his racial group. He is dismissive of women. He also feels protective of his nephew who is working on site. He's friend with the Foremen, Red, fellow member of the good ol' boys club and has a wife that makes his lunch everyday.
CHAD: Must know how to use circular saw in a basic/proficient way. Early twenties, white, muscular, fit, athletic. Newbie to construction. Likes to have a good time. Lacks exposure to people that are not like him, but more openminded than his uncle. He just does not have a lot of experience with people who are racially/culturally different to himself. His machismo masks his insecurity about his newly chosen trade. Didn't do so well in school so his Uncle (Jack) is helping him go to work in construction. Lives in rural area and works in the city. He is a wiseass - in some ways endearing and in some ways obnoxious. He's only known women as pretty ladies, not as co-workers or equals on a job. He thinks of himself as stronger, smarter, and more capable than a woman. He is cocky, but has the ability to be likable when his cockiness proves ineffective.
RED: Fifties, white, gray haired, bearded?, less fit as he's doing more work in the office these days. He's known for being direct and authoritative which comes from his knowledge and dedication to his work--part of the reason he's moved up as a foremen. If you're a good worker, you're in with Red. He suffers no fools, but is friends with Jack, fellow good ol' boy. Right now, he's stressed about this project as the crew has fallen behind. He's had to lay off a few workers already that weren't up to par.
FRANK: Forties or fifties, white, experienced, friendly. He sees himself as a protector of women so he watches his language in front of the ladies, but he doesn't see them as autonomous peers. He consistently and repetitively makes bad jokes, but sees himself as a charmer with more polish than the others. He's divorced, but flirts with the waitress at a diner near his house where he has dinner every night (she flirts back in an effort to get her tip, but Frank never notices or cares). He's sensitive when it comes to women. Having grown up in the trades, he's as knowledgeable and confident as the foremen, but never wanted to be in charge.
The film is funded by a Kickstarter campaign and a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council.
Compensation: $150 per day. Filming estimated 2-4 days depending on character
Synopsis: Sista in the Brotherhood is a short film about a young black tradeswomen apprentice who is forced to confront sexism and racism to prove herself on her new jobsite.
Date: Sunday, March 29th, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Contact Roberta at email above to schedule your time slot and receive location. Please be prepared to stay the whole time if necessary. Please send headshots and resumé in advance if you have them. Cold read material will be provided.
ADDITIONAL KEY DATES
Call backs: 6 p.m. March 31st
Shoot dates for film: May 12-16, 2015 (four of these five days)
After a day of casting and callbacks and some difficult decisions, we are proud to announce our chosen lead for the film Sista in the Brotherhood!
Meet Sidony O'Neal. Sidony is a writer and performance artist. She has worked in theatre as a stage manager and dramaturg and is thrilled to be a part of an experimental performance community in Portland. She recently had the pleasure of acting with a cast of phenomenal women in a staged reading of My Walk Has Never Been Average at Alberta Rose Theatre.
Here's what Sidony has to say about being selected for the role: "Sista In the Brotherhood is such powerful and necessary work. In a city where gentrification and urban development often renders people of color exposed and implicated on all sides of the argument, it is an honor to be chosen to bring honesty and truth to realities that are too often silenced in the narrative."
We are equally honored to have her and look forward to selecting and announcing additional cast as we continue in the process. More soon!
Dec 18, 2014
So excited to announce that Sista in the Brotherhood just got a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council for $5950 to help make the film the best it can be! We're very honored to have been selected and we congratulate all of the grantees! Stay tuned for more.
Find the grant listed here under Dawn's previous name, Dawn Jones.
Oct 17, 2014