Dawn Screening In Los Angeles, McGowan Aims for Oscar With Short Film Directorial Debut

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Attention LA Fans! Dawn will be playing for a week in L.A. next month along with female-driven films picked by the director. This is wonderfully exciting and all of the staff at Rose-McGowan.com would kill to go to this! Any fans in the L.A. area, please go out and support our lady! If anyone does indeed attend we would love to hear a report about your experience and have it published on the site. Not only is this a great opportunity to see some handpicked classic films with strong leading female performances, Rose will be in attendance and also is aiming to put her directorial debut in Oscar contention!

The Hollywood Reporter writes:

When Rose McGowan’s short-film directorial debut Dawn premiered at Sundance this winter it took many by surprise. It didn’t look like the work of someone who had been acting since she was a teenager (TV’s Charmed, Grindhouse, The Black Dahlia), but rather the work of a cinephile who had spent a lifetime feasting on the classics.

After generating some acclaim for Dawn earlier this year, McGowan is now hoping the film can nab an Academy Award nomination. To qualify for best short it must be publicly exhibited for paid admission in Los Angeles for three consecutive days, but McGowan has decided to turn her qualifying run into a week long “Dawn Festival” and will be setting up residency at the Downtown Independent on Sept 19.

For seven nights, Dawn will be accompanied by a movie picked by McGowan. According to a statement, the films were chosen because they “feature iconic performances by actresses that prove rich, complex and layered roles can and should be written for and by women.” The films will screen with McGowan and special guests in attendance.

For the former Charmed actress, Dawn and its Oscar run are her first steps towards directing features. “I have three features in the works right now,” McGowan tells THR. “Two are in rewrites. One is a bigger film, one smaller. After conservatively estimating my time on sets at over 17,000 hours, I’m more than ready.”

Here’s the full “Dawn Festival” lineup, along with McGowan’s reasoning for picking each film:

Safe: “Todd Haynes directed Julianne Moore in a haunting study of a woman’s life.”

Thelma & Louise: “Ridley Scott directed two substantial actresses in two substantial, inspiring roles.”

Harold and Maude: “Hal Ashby directed Ruth Gordon. Two creatives on a creative journey.”

Sixteen Candles: “John Hughes directed Molly Ringwald. He made a teen’s hopes and hurts real.”

Rosemary’s Baby: “Roman Polanski directed Mia Farrow in a virtuoso breakdown performance.”

Silkwood: “Mike Nichols directed Meryl Streep and Cher. They showed us women can change the world by finding their voice.”

The Silence of the Lambs: “Jonathan Demme directed Jodie Foster. She showed us what a person can do when they go forward despite their fear.”


Filed in 'Dawn' Director Public Events Written by Micah McAllister



Micah co-founded Rose-McGowan.com in 2007. Professionally she identifies as a code femme, branding babe, SEO strategist, and all-around social marketing savage. Her company ClaraCode.com offers tips and strategies for female entrepreneurs looking to learn how to dominate their online presence. In her downtime she likes to globetrot, obsess over funky dogs, and binge watch (Stranger Things, iZombie, BtVS). The Rose McGowan quote she relates the most to: "I'm a pretty swell gal. I don't mean any harm to anybody. Generally speaking, for a melancholy person, I'm pretty happy."

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