We’re super excited to announce that Rose McGowan has just released her second directorial short film! Written and directed by McGowan, Ruth tells the story of Ruth Coker Burks, an Arkansas woman who cared for hundreds of gay men dying of AIDS.
“I think she’s been forgotten by time,” Rose McGowan told BuzzFeed News in a recent interview. “Ruth Coker Burks is a national hero. I hope she gets seen and treated that way in the future. I think it’s time for strong women in history to rise up and be counted. And I’ll do anything I can to help that along.”
Ruth, which runs just under eight minutes, stars Shay Astar in the title role. The short film was shot in Los Angeles over a two-day period in June. Ruth is sponsored by the vodka company Zirkova through its We Are One+Together nonprofit. When Zirkova approached Rose McGowan to direct the project she hadn’t heard of Ruth Coker Burks. But as Rose began her research on Burks, she became “fascinated and captivated by the story.” Though Zirkova had sent McGowan a script, the director rewrote it during an all-nighter. “I saw the color palette in my head and went from there,” Rose McGowan said.
“I like to use all sorts of tools — sound design, lighting, set design are all huge for me,” Rose McGowan added. “I thought, Just because she’s in a small town doesn’t mean she’s a church lady. So I found this pink outfit that was kind of great, and I wanted to juxtapose it with all the seriousness.”
Ruth premiered on Sunday in Montauk, New York, to coincide with the kickoff of the 2017 International AIDS Conference in Paris. The film is a way for Rose to express ideas about the lasting consequences of AIDS in America. “I think we’re at the place we’re at culturally because so many creatives were wiped out by AIDS,” McGowan said. “What we’re left with is something kind of lacking. I don’t think we reflect as a society on what we’ve lost — not just the individual toll, but the collective toll.”
Be sure to watch Rose McGowan’s captivating short film right below – and leave your comments right below!
Rose McGowan returns to the big screen with a starring role in The Sound.
Today we bring you a poster, a bunch of production stills and a trailer for the Jenna Mattison-directed movie. The horror thriller co-stars Christopher Lloyd, Michael Eklund and Richard Gunn, whilst Jenna Mattison wrote the script. Shot in Toronto, The Sound will be released later on in 2017.
It has been a long while since we’ve last seen Rose McGowan on the silver screen so this film will be quite the event for all the fans of her acting work.
Read on for a synopsis of The Sound and click to view the newly released media.
Kelly (Rose McGowan) is a writer and a skeptic of the supernatural. As a specialist in acoustic physics she uses low frequency tactile sound-waves to debunk reported paranormal activities for her online blog. When presented a new case of a supposedly haunted subway station Kelly sets off to uncover the truth behind the hoax that involves a 40-year-old unexplained suicide. Her investigation takes her deep into the abandoned station where her skepticism is tested. As Kelly ascends into the depths of the metro’s darkness she is confronted by an unforeseen evil. In the vastness, she must face her own haunted memories to find the truth and surface back into the light.
Rose McGowan was interviewed by a podcast called Pardon My French. She discusses her childhood, feminism and many projects. It is a really lovely interview, be sure to give the podcast a listen by clicking on the link.
“Hire women. Do it on purpose. If it doesn’t work out, hire another one. But more than that, in your own life, when you see those billboards, do something about it. When you see, hear men, gay or straight, or other women, talking smack about other women, or saying things that are negative, correct them. And then say, would you like to get a drink? People always think it has to be this huge confrontation, it really doesn’t.”
– Rose McGowan
Rose McGowan’s forthcoming book, titled Brave, is available for pre-order over at Harper Collins. The book will be released January 30, 2018 and is priced $27.99.
I, for one, can’t WAIT to read Rose’s memoir! It is guaranteed to be a total page-turner.
Many heard Rose McGowan’s stunning vocals for the very first time in 2015 with the release of her debut single “RM486”. Rose has actually been involved in several music projects for many years, contributing both vocals and songwriting. For example, her gorgeous voice was heard on the Planet Terror soundtrack. She also performed twice on the television series Charmed. Namely, Rose sang “Hush Little Baby” and a sultry version of “Fever” in the episode Sense and Sense Ability (5.20). She also has been known to sing during interviews, as on Jimmy Kimmel once.
Whilst we wait for the release of her debut album, read on for further details on Rose McGowan’s music.
• Vocals on the song “Posthuman”, from the album Mechanical Animals by Marilyn Manson (1998, Interscope Records).
• Vocals on the song “Superfabulous”, from the album Emotional Technology by BT (2003, Nettwerk Records) Written by BT and Rose McGowan.
• Vocals on the song “Protection”, as heard in Strange Hearts (2001). Written by Rose McGowan and J.L.
• Vocals on the song “You Belong To Me”, from the soundtrack to Planet Terror (2007). Written by Pee Wee King, Chilton Price and Redd Stewart, Originally performed by Patsy Cline.
• Vocals on the song “Useless Talent #32”, from the soundtrack to Planet Terror (2007). Written by Rebecca Rodriguez and Robert Rodriguez.
• Vocals on the song “Two Against The World”, from the soundtrack to Planet Terror (2007). Written by Rebecca Rodriguez and Robert Rodriguez.
“It is harrowing to have people know my deepest pain, but fear cannot stop this national convo that needs to be had.” – @rosemcgowan
Rose McGowan is continuing to push for tangible change in the industry after penning a short open letter about sexual assault and accountability on her Twitter Monday morning. In light of Rose’s extremely personal and brave recent revelations, can we please get this circulating. And let’s all leave a few kind words of support & solidarity for her, and the many survivors of rape and sexual assault.
Bustle has published an excellent article on the matter, please do check it out in addition to Rose’s open letter right below.
Dear Hollywood, pic.twitter.com/MYFSAi8P2t
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) 17. lokakuuta 2016
You may now check out Rose McGowan’s haunting short film, Dawn (2014), via Refinery29. They also did a very nice write-up on the film, calling Dawn a “masterfully subversive directorial début”.
If the character Dawn is marked by constraint and indecision, McGowan’s role in shaping her film was just the opposite. Taking the lead on the set design process, McGowan transformed her heroine’s world into a bubblegum-pink embodiment of the ’60s obsession with order. Moving through this bright landscape of neat ranch houses, pleated skirts, and sleek, new furniture, the film clearly reflects the post-war craving for a return to convention.
Rose McGowan is partnering with television festival SeriesFest on a scriptwriting competition called the Featuring Women Initiative. The aim of the competition is to search for new episodic content about, for and featuring women, offering artists the opportunity to share series that create unique and powerful roles for women.
Scriptwriters can submit concepts for 30-minute or 60-minute dark comedy or dramatic series with each pilot script focusing on a female-centric episodic story. Submissions will be judged from a three- to 15-page “Series Bible”, including log line, pilot summary, character breakdown, at least six future episode synopses and a five- to 10-page writing sample. The winner(s) will receive a writing deal with Rose’s production banner Damage Inc. Productions and the opportunity to work alongside McGowan to bring her show to life.
“Damage Inc. is looking for screenwriters. Writers who are interested in bringing substantial women to life via episodic storytelling”, says Rose McGowan. “Any genre except slasher films or superhero series. Can be psychedelic, can be true to life, can be comedy, can be tragedy. Must be intelligent, smart, fierce and moving. Society is in dire need of voices that are not from within the Hollywood ecosystem. I know what’s available there, which is why I am looking for you and your writing talents.”
We have a very special Monday treat for you today! Thanks to justaguy, we have been able to add very, very rare scans of Rose McGowan from a 1996 issue of Vogue Italia. I have personally never seen these before so I’m over the moon with excitement!
Do you have original scans that we don’t have in the gallery yet? Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’d be eternally grateful for your valued contribution.
I was fed this idea that being an actress was everyone’s dream except that it wasn’t mine. Directing, on the other hand, comes so naturally for me. I love creating and having a voice. My personality hasn’t changed – I’ve just opened my mouth and spoken. I didn’t have a platform for that before.
Rose McGowan is featured on the front cover of the October 2015 issue of Prestige Hong Kong with a gorgeous new shoot and a super interesting interview. You can read on for the interview and check out the photoshoot in the gallery.
A Woman’s Worth
Film and television star ROSE MCGOWAN spent the last few years out of the spotlight before recently emerging as an unofficial spokesperson for female empowerment. DIVIA HARILELA meets her in New York
One of the most iconic images of Rose McGowan was taken at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1998. The sultry actress, who was dating rocker Marilyn Manson at the time, caused an uproar when she walked down the red carpet in a see-through chain-mesh dress with her backside hanging out in full view. Seventeen years on and McGowan couldn’t be more different. She walks in unnoticed at the trendy Standard Hotel in New York City, which is buzzing thanks to Fashion Week. Her long dark locks have been replaced with a messy boy cut and she’s wearing a simple white shirt, black jeans, trainers and a backpack. She looks more like a cool art student than a famous Hollywood starlet.
Born in Florence, Italy to hippy parents, McGowan moved to the United States when she was 10 and later ended up in Los Angeles, where she was discovered by a Hollywood agent at 17. She made her debut on the big screen in the film The Doom Generation, which quickly garnered her an Independent Spirit Award nomination. Soon she was starring in high-profile films directed by the likes of Wes Craven and Quentin Tarantino, and appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone. By the mid 1990s she became a part of American pop culture thanks to her starring role in the popular TV series Charmed. A few years later, after sustaining several injuries on movie sets, McGowan decided to take a break from Hollywood and disappeared from the big screen altogether. The period that followed was one that she has referred to publicly as “traumatic and life changing”.