Rose McGowan has, over the course of her career, become a recognisable name both in film for her work in features such as Planet Terror and Jawbreakers, and television for her work in shows such as Charmed. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival, however, saw McGowan step behind the camera for the first time, as she unveiled her directorial debut short film.
Titled Dawn, the short is written by the duo of M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller, and stars God Bless America‘s Tara Lynne Barr as the titular character, with Hannah Marks and Reily McClendon co-starring. The synopsis is as follows.
Dawn is a quiet young teenager who longs for something or someone to free her from her sheltered life.
McGowan has now released the short in its entirety on Youtube, with this message
Dawn is a cautionary tale. We hurt girls with casual negligence. We change the course of lives with a stereotypical view shared thoughtlessly. We shape the minds of the innocent. Let’s think different and be better.
My inspirations were varied – I wanted the color palette of The Parent Trap (1961) the loneliness of an Edward Hopper painting, the driving tension of Night of the Hunter mixed with Hemingway’s unsparing style of editing. These greats are my teachers.
I layered a lot into Dawn and feel it’s best watched twice. Please enjoy for free and pass it on. THOUGHT+ART = FREEDOM
The short can be seen below.