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Dawn (2013, short, drama)
Directed by Rose McGowan
Starring Tara Barr, Reiley McClendon and Hannah Marks

"I just finished my first piece for RSA Black Dog, which is Ridley Scott's commercial music video company. I directed a 20-minute short with amazing actors. It was a really amazing project to do, and I felt really comfortable doing it, more so than I ever have acting."

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Article written on August 29, 2014 by Mycahe-mail

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 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:

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Article written on August 29, 2014 by Mycahe-mail

Rose has a super fun cameo appearance as the evil chaperone in Charli XCX’s new “Break The Rules” music video! Check the clip out below. “She’s a treasure.” – Rose McGowan

Rose is certainly no stranger to music videos, from Marilyn Manson to Imperial Teen, check out more of her music video appearances on the projects page.

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Article written on May 10, 2014 by Riikkae-mail

Rose McGowan appeared at Sundance London last month to screen her short film Dawn to a keen audience. She took time to talk to Red Carpet News TV about her film, feminism – and what’s instore for the filmmaker next.

Be sure to watch the great interview right below!

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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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Article written on January 30, 2014 by RoseRockse-mail

Rose McGowan made her directorial debut at this year’s Sundance Film Festival with a disturbing and gripping short dubbed Dawn. Starring Tara Barr as a sheltered youth and Reiley McClendon as her seemingly dreamy beau-to-be, the film explores sex and violence in the early ’60s — a time that perilously preferred to wall off such subjects with white picket fences. Though this is the longtime actress’ first time behind the lens, her career has veered into this era before, often musically. She performed Peggy Lee’s “Fever” in an episode of Charmed, depicted singer Ann-Margaret in CBS’ Elvis series, and sung “You Belong to Me” for Planet Terror (part of 2007’s Grindhouse double-feature).

SPIN sat down with McGowan in Park City, Utah, and discovered not only that our hunch about her retro tastes was on point, but that she’s also prone to singing Sir Mix-a-Lot at family gatherings, and hiring entire brass bands while stoned. Listen in:

What inspired you to tell the story of Dawn?
I’m really fascinated by girl culture in that period. My mom, who just turned 60, was raised by that kind of a mother, where she wasn’t allowed to develop her own internal voice. Women in that era were particularly primed to please men. And to look and act perfect, which can — at any age, and for a male too — lead you down the wrong path.

Does music figure into the film?
Quite a lot. At one point, Dawn is reading a Tab Hunter interview — he’s more substantial than Justin Bieber, but he was massive — and trying to figure out how she should act on a date. He says, “I like girls that ask questions, but not too many questions,” and later you hear Hunter’s “Young Love” playing. So not modern music, per se…

But that era of music is a recurring theme in your career.
I guess I just got lost in a stitch in time. I mean, I don’t go around trying to dress like I’m from another era, but I think my brain belongs somewhere else. I grew up listening to Maria Callas and Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson. I’ve sung on soundtracks, but I’d love to sing something that’s really old school and do, like, a club remix — something super fierce.

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Article written on January 18, 2014 by RoseRockse-mail

When the time came for Rose McGowan to direct her first project…she lost the rights to the script. In a scramble, two friends—M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller—wrote a short for her, which was made into “Dawn,” about a sheltered teen looking to break out of her little bubble. Now after a lot of hard work, the film will be screened at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

“I told them the ending scene I wanted and the last line I wanted, and they ran with it and delivered a beautiful script,” McGowan says. And that they did. “Dawn” is a particularly haunting short film wherein a happy, perfect world turns dark, and leaves the audience wanting more.

McGowan starred on “Charmed” for many years, and in the Quentin Tarantino “Grindhouse” films, “Death Proof,” and “Planet Terror,” but with “Dawn,” she’s finally made her directorial debut. Her vision for herself as a director is modeled after the work of David O. Russell, David Fincher, and the great Billy Wilder.

The established star discusses her passion for film, and what she’s learned from directing.

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Article written on January 18, 2014 by RoseRockse-mail

Nineteen years after effectively launching her acting career at Sundance with Gregg Araki’s “The Doom Generation,” Rose McGowan is back in Park City to launch her directing one with her accomplished directorial debut, the short film “Dawn.”

Since becoming an icon to the hipster generation via Araki’s lurid thriller, McGowan has made a career out of playing deadpan, glamor pusses, most notably in the first “Scream,” TV’s “Charmed,” Robert Rodriguez’s bloody Grindhouse homage “Planet Terror” and the teen cult comedy “Jawbreaker.” She doesn’t’ star in “Dawn,” but her fingerprints are all over the material from its satiric edge to its dark heart. The period pic concerns a closeted teenage girl (played by “God Bless America” breakout Tara Lynne Barr) who decides to walk on the wild side when she encounters a hunky gas station attendant. What unfolds over the course of their courtship is shocking, and best left a surprise.

Indiewire caught up with McGowan before Sundance to discuss her debut, why she feels like a natural born filmmaker, and her future feature film.

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Article written on January 18, 2014 by RoseRockse-mail

From the opening shot of Dawn, you know something is not quite right. In an eerie flash-forward, the scene is set for the directorial debut of Rose McGowan (Jawbreaker, Planet Terror, Charmed). The story focuses on Tara Barr (God Bless America) who plays the title character. She is a shy and quiet teenager in mid last century America, donning saddle shoes and all. Clearly sheltered by strict parents, she is a rule following good girl. One smile to the local boy who works at the fill up station and she is smitten. Her innocence isn’t long lived when she invites the boy and his two friends over to listen to records while mom and dad are out of town. All she wants is some attention but, as everyone knows, peer pressure can be the end of who you truly are.

This 17 minute short is so incredibly lush in it’s color pallet and the soundtrack truly captures the era. Tara is lovely on screen. Regardless of the year, this character is someone we either knew or were at some point in our adolescence. You see every honest beat in Barr’s eyes. You want everything to turn out alright for her in the end. The film left me literally breathless, heart racing and disturbed. I am so impressed with McGowan’s dark choices. The woman clearly has a strong point of view and I cannot wait to see what’s next.

Directed by: Rose McGowan
Written by: M.A. Fortin, Joshua John Miller
Cast: Tara Barr, Reiley McClendon, Hannah Marks, Michael Moskewicz, Julia Sanford, John Grady
TRT: 17 minutes
Country: USA
Langauge: English
Genre: Thriller

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Article written on January 18, 2014 by RoseRockse-mail

While Rose McGowan is known for taking on edgy roles in the films like Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s “Grindhouse” and the hit TV series “Charmed,” she says she only recently found her true calling, behind the camera.

“Directing wasn’t particularly challenging, I find acting more challenging,” McGowan told FOX411 ahead of the Thursday night Sundance Film Festival screening of her directorial debut short film, “Dawn.” “I’m used to handling a lot. I run a tight ship. I find acting harder because I have no control in that. I kept waiting for the panic attack to happen while directing, but it just didn’t… I like acting, but if I never act again, I’ll be okay.”

Written by M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller, who McGowan first met when she skipped school as a 14-year-old to play a movie extra, “Dawn” is centered on a quiet teenager living in a Kennedy-era America who longs for something or someone to free her from her sheltered life. The girl soon meets a boy at the local gas station who gets more from her than he anticipated.

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Article written on December 11, 2013 by Riikkae-mail

We’re overjoyed to report that Rose’s directorial debut, a short film titled Dawn, will premiere in the US Narrative Short Films category at the Sundance Film Festival next month!

Dawn / U.S.A. (Director: Rose McGowan, Screenwriters: M.A. Fortin, Joshua John Miller) — Dawn is a quiet young teenager who longs for something or someone to free her from her sheltered life.

Dawn by Rose McGowan

The upcoming 30th anniversary of Sundance Film Festival, which runs from January 16 to 26, 2014, sees 66 short films to be screened from a record-breaking total of 8,161 submissions.

Source: Deadline

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