Project Spotlight

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 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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Gallery Media Alerts
Article written on May 10, 2014 by Riikkae-mail

Rose McGowan is featured in the Spring/Summer issue of Dazed magazine with a gorgeous new photoshoot and a brief interview, in which she talks about Dawn.

“I remember being at Sundance as an actress with Jared Leto, and he said, ‘It’s the final night of my television career!’, because the finale of My So-Called Life had just aired. Being there as a director is far more substantial. To be there advertising my own vision is massively different.”

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– Photoshoots: Dazed (2014)

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'The Tell-Tale Heart' Articles Gallery Media Alerts
Article written on February 12, 2014 by Mycahe-mail

Rose McGowan is featured in the new issue of Fault Magazine Issue #17. In it she openly admits she has made many movies she’s not proud of and discusses her disappointment over the upcoming The Tell-Tale Heart based on a short story by Edgar Allan Poe. Saying she hopes it stays shelved, “I felt a little duped by Tell Tale. Blinded by Poe, as it were. Sometimes you think people have a strong vision, and it’s often not the case. Very hard to tell beforehand. Sucks discovering it.” Rose goes on to say: “It’s very hard to make a film that comes together on all levels. It’s like painting with 100 paintbrushes that are held by individual egos.” It sounded like a very promising project, so it will be quite interesting if the final product ever makes release.

The article isn’t all negative though, Rose talks about how she hopes to keep directing after Dawn and that getting into Sundance with the film has been the highlight of her career.

Read the full article in our press library. The photoshoot is another fabulous one with Rose and her signature pout and big bouffant hair. View it at the gallery!

– Photoshoots: Fault (2014)

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