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Dawn (2014, short drama)
Directed by Rose McGowan
Starring Tara Barr, Reiley McClendon and Hannah Marks

"Dawn is really about what we do to young girls unwittingly, and how we send them out into the world completely unprotected, in a way that has, at times, really tragic consequences. Being polite at the risk of your own internal voice of danger being silenced is a pretty dangerous thing."

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Article written on August 24, 2015 by Mycahe-mail

The sexy cover girl bites back.

It was the tweet heard ‘round Hollywood. Last June, the beautiful actress Rose McGowan—best remembered as HBIC Courtney from the 1999 teen film Jawbreaker; the supernatural Paige Matthews from five seasons of Charmed; the sultry Pam from Tarantino’s Grindhouse; or maybe even as the one-time fiancée to Marilyn Manson—got annoyed. She had received a casting call notice requesting that actresses wear form-fitting clothes that emphasized their cleavage: “push-up bras encouraged.” She tweeted it, along with this: “Casting note that came w/script I got today. For real. name of male star rhymes with Madam Panhandler hahahaha I die.” It was an Adam Sandler movie. Shortly afterward, her agent fired her. To some, she may be an unlikely candidate for fighting misogyny in the entertainment industry—a famed 2007 Rolling Stone cover (one of her many magazine covers) has her and Rosario Dawson wearing the kind of outfits that would have guaranteed them top billing in that Adam Sandler movie. But she said she grew up with an activist father, so her passion for social justice shouldn’t be much of a shock. And smart career move? Just maybe. That attention-grabbing tweet came right before the New York City premiere of the first film she directed, Dawn. Now 41, and a filmmaker, Ms. McGowan is determined to prove her talents go beyond acting and making the pages of gossip rags. Largely absent from the public eye for a few years (after appearing in more than two-dozen films), Ms. McGowan has shifted her focus to working on private business ventures and is now directing and singing—something most people don’t know she’s been doing “undercover” for years, she said. Last year, Dawn, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize for Best Original Short.  She starts filming a full-length feature with a company known for working on women-centric projects this fall. Going forward, acting won’t be the focus of her career for the foreseeable future, she hopes. Now, she finally feels like she has a voice in the industry she’s been a part of for so long. Over dinner at LES hotspot ACME, McGowan dished to Observer about her upcoming feature-length film, her absence from the public eye and taking a stand for women in the entertainment industry. Was the short film Dawn your first foray into filmmaking? Dawn was my first foray into doing everything: having my name on something. It was my first foray into filmmaking. I’m in a strange situation. I spent over 57,000 hours on sets. I grew up in this. I know what I’m doing from the inside-out. I’ve had a film education second-to-none that’s really unique. I know films from gathering the money together to being on the cover of Rolling Stone: the business and the arts side of things. I’m in a pretty unique position. The first-time director thing works for me, but it kind of doesn’t work for me. I’m in my own category. You’re coming out with a feature-length film via Sundial Pictures and Tangerine Entertainment. What’s it about? It’s set in 1971, and it’s called The Pines. I’m calling it an art thriller because the girl hallucinates a lot, and I’m going to be drawing a lot from the art world for it. The girl is in a mental institution and has a disorder where she hears a-tonal musical notes wherever she goes… She can’t prove to the people in the institution that she has these hallucinations, so they make her leave. She tries to rejoin society, and it doesn’t go well… It’s really about a girl who’s completely lost, lost in the world of her mind and the world of sound.

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Article written on August 19, 2015 by Mycahe-mail

Images from various photoshoots Rose has done this year has been added to the gallery.

– Photoshoots: Milk Made (2015)
– Photoshoots: The Wild Magazine (2015)
– Photoshoots: New York Times (2015)
– Photoshoots: Photoshoot #001 (2015)
– Photoshoots: Photoshoot #002 (2015)
– Music Videos: “Break The Rules” By Charli XCX (2014)

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Article written on August 19, 2015 by Mycahe-mail

Rose McGowan is about to show you a whole other side of undeniable talent in her directorial debut with Dawn. Visually stunning, meticulously thought out and flawlessly executed feature short film serves as warning tale to young girls and beyond, demonstrating how radical social norms and rules often cloud our perception and strip us defenseless in the face of danger. Touching upon crucial subjects like social class disparity, gender identity, and false values, Dawn draws you in and demands your attention. Watch the entire film below and check out our WILD exclusive interview with the mastermind behind it:

On her directorial debut:

It’s beyond liberating, I finally have my own voice. I know what I want to say and I know how to do it. I got tired of being people’s sub part of imagination. I was always very uncomfortable on sets. I wouldn’t seem it to others, but it didn’t feel quite right. Imagine you get to work every day and everything that comes out of your mouth is written for you, not by you, so you literally don’t have your own voice. Not only being other people but often a very little imagination of what you are or can be.

The Sundance Film Festival experience as a director:
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Article written on August 19, 2015 by Mycahe-mail

Rose McGowan appears from around the corner of the EDITION Hotel suite where she’s staying for a few days. “Hold on, I’m going to put on some lipstick,” she says, disappearing into another room. A few seconds later she’s back, her signature porcelain skin looking even milkier in contrast to the red lipstick she’s put on. “Much better,” she smiles, sitting down on the couch with her legs crossed.

I’m delighted to find that McGowan is exactly as I’ve always pictured her – incredibly charming, smart as a whip, and totally honest. She’s a refreshing person in an industry that has the reputation for being a little fake; something that Rose has no qualms about calling the industry out on, particularly the sexist politics of Hollywood. “It’s just so boring! I’m just like, ‘Come on, get with the program!’” she says, a perfect eye roll serving as an exclamation mark to her statement. But McGowan’s life is anything less than boring; with a myriad of projects and businesses under her belt and iconic film roles on her resume, she has finally made the transition behind the camera with the debut of the short film Dawn, a chilling and striking cautionary tale of sexism and abuse.

In between bites of fries and sliders, Milk Made’s Ana Velasco talked to the multitalented artist about being able to have her own voice, changing the boring datedness of Hollywood, and the unlikely inspiration behind Dawn.

What drew you to create this, especially as a first project?

What really inspired me were women in that era. I really wanted to tell a story about this candy-coated idea of perfect post war, and what we still do today. We tell women to be polite, telling them this, telling them that. What that does is subvert their own instincts for protection. I have a friend that was raped because she told the guy three times that she didn’t want help carrying her groceries, and he went off saying, ‘you’re just being a feminist.’ She thought ‘okay, alright, just take my groceries,’ and of course he raped her. For me, it’s just shining a light on something. I wanted to do it in a very beautiful way and a very stressful way. It still goes on, nothing has changed really.

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Article written on August 19, 2015 by Mycahe-mail

Rose McGowan cuts her own hair, trimming it into a punkster crop every 10 days. She grew up in a string of Christian communes. She “divorced” her parents. She knew as a child she would be famous. She sold her engagement ring, one of three, to finance the film she just directed.

Ms. McGowan shared these and sundry other revelations late last month over nothing more lethal, or chatter inducing, than a pale lemonade. Fresh-pressed and summery in an Isabel Marant tie-front dress and high-top platform sneakers, she took a seat at one of the slatted wooden tables at the Ludlow Hotel, an oasis of hip in Lower Manhattan.

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