Project Spotlight

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."



Supported Causes
Coalition For Pulmonary Fibrosis (CPF)

Pulmonary Fibrosis kills more than 40 000 people a year, which is more than breast cancer.
Rose's Part
A cause incredibly dear to her heart, Pulmonary Fibrosis tragically claimed the life of Rose's father in 2008, at the age of 61.
By working tirelessly as an ambassador for the CPF, Rose's mission is to actively raise awareness about this often mis-diagnosed disease in an effort to inform people of it's severity, and to ultimately find a cure.

About Pulmonary Fibrosis
Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF) is a debilitating disease that causes the tissue in the lungs to gradually scar and thicken over time, as explained in this video of Rose's appearance on "The Doctors" in 2012.

PF is particularly dangerous as it is a disease that has no known cause, and can affect anyone, at any given time in their life. No known treatment has been found for PF, which is why it is crucial that more research is done, to help find a way to combat the disease.

"...It's something that's not diagnosed until later on in the disease because people - even doctors - so many of them haven't heard of it," says Rose. Helping to educate people worldwide is another one of her main objectives for working with the CPF.

About The Organisation
The Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis (CPF) is a 501 nonprofit organization, founded in 2001 to accelerate research efforts leading to a cure for Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF), while educating, supporting, and advocating for the community of patients, families, and medical professionals fighting this disease. The CPF funds promising research into new approaches to treat and cure Pulmonary Fibrosis; provides patients and families with comprehensive education materials, resources, and hope; serves as a voice for national advocacy of Pulmonary Fibrosis issues; and works to improve awareness of Pulmonary Fibrosis in the medical community as well as the general public. The CPF's nonprofit partners include many of the most respected medical centers and healthcare organizations in the U.S. With more than 17,000 members nationwide, the CPF is the largest nonprofit organization in the U.S. dedicated to advocating for those with Pulmonary Fibrosis.

Main Objectives
• Provide education, information, resources and hope for patients suffering from Pulmonary Fibrosis
• Fund emerging research into new approaches to treat - and ultimately cure - Pulmonary Fibrosis
• Serve as a national voice for patients and physicians by advocating on their behalf in Washington, D.C.
• Improve detection, diagnosis and treatment of PF in the medical community
• Increase public awareness of Pulmonary Fibrosis

For research please visit:
www.coalitionforpf.org, Rose's personal message for the Daughters of Pulmonary Fibrosis

Information taken from Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis, with the sole intention of spreading awareness.

Boston Terrier Rescue Net

Rose's Part
Always compassionate toward animals, her love for Bostons began eight years ago when she visited a popular Hollywood mall pet store. She remembers:

"I didn't even know I wanted a Boston. But Bug's little feet had fallen through the metal cage floor, she was standing in her pee, and she'd been marked down twice." She knew that in "pet store world" that was a very bad sign. "There was no way I could look at her sad eyes and leave her there."

Six months later she went back and bought Fester.

"I was looking at it as a very high-priced form of rescue." Fester was scrawny, underweight, and obviously too young to be away from his mother. "He tried to nurse off of my arm" Not cute and fat like Bug, he was sickly, had an eye infection, and had a piece of metal in his stomach. "He was a wretch" She couldn't leave him in those miserable conditions either.

Rose subsequently worked with a music producer, BT, who rescues and fosters Bostons. "He has friends who break in and rescue dogs from Boston puppy mills." They have even succeeded in shutting some of the mills down. "The idea of a Boston liberation group is genius". She started visiting Boston websites, including Boston Terrier Rescue Network (BTRN), just to see cute puppies when she began reading about rescues. "The stories would reduce me to tears and fill me with so much disgust for humans. Out of the blue I decided to start donating."

In addition to her own two Bostons, Rose has personally rescued and placed at least one other, the first of what she is determined will be many more. On her birthday, Rose McGowan asked her friends to make donations to the BTRN. “I realized that I don't need or want more stuff.” Having fallen in love with Bug and Fester, her friends donated generously. It amounted to a considerable contribution, which will go a long way in helping BTRN and the needy volunteers who selflessly give to deserving Bostons.

Their Mission
"Our main objective is to raise money to help Bostons requiring assistance with medical and other expenses which are necessary to restore the rescued Boston to optimal health before placement. We help in the location of adoptive and foster homes for Bostons that have been abandoned, abused and unwanted by their owners, or homeless as a result of owner death or disability. We also assist other recognized Boston Terrier Rescue Groups through our activities."

"BTRN supports the American Kennel Club's stance against the purchase of dogs at puppy mill auctions for resale and does not provide funding or other assistance to people or groups who purchase dogs for placement."

About The Foundation
"The Boston Terrier Rescue Net is a 501c3 tax exempt non profit organization dedicated to aiding Boston Terrier rescue efforts."

There are many ways of donating, for example, you can choose to purchase a gift certificate; purchase a product (or two) at the CafePress store; purchase exclusive gifts such as note card gift sets; or donate through PayPal directly. Remember, this is a small list, visit the website for other methods of donating and for more information.

For research please visit:
www.bostonrescue.net, www.bostonrescue.net - rescue center, and read the full article about Rose's part in the Boston Rescue Net here.

Information taken from Boston Terrier Rescue Net, with the sole intention of spreading awareness. Images are from the Silver Spoon Dog and Baby Buffet Benefitting Much Love Animal Rescue event, circa 2004.

Boston Brigade

Their Mission
Their ultimate purpose is to match homeless or potentially homeless Boston Terriers with loving permanent families, specifically interested in the breed. We do this by providing temporary foster care, necessary and reasonable medical treatment, personality assessments of the animals, and interviews and homechecks of potential adopters. All dogs receive a medical examination and reasonable treatment before being placed into adoptive homes. Pre-placement medical care includes all vaccinations, heartworm and fecal testing and spay or neuter. We operate throughout Southern California.

About The Foundation
Boston Brigade Rescue is a not for profit organization dedicated to rescuing Boston Terriers who are abandoned or neglected and placing them in permanent, loving, responsible homes. We also accept dogs from private individuals who, for whatever reason, must relinquish their Boston Terrier(s).

For research please visit:
www.bostonbrigade.com/

Information taken from Boston Brigade, with the sole intention of spreading awareness.

Children Of The Night

About The Foundation
Children of the Night is a private, non-profit, tax-exempt organization founded in 1979. We are dedicated to assisting children between the ages of 11 and 17 who are forced to prostitute on the streets for food to eat and a place to sleep. Since 1979 we have rescued girls and boys from prostitution and the domination of vicious pimps. And we provide all programs with the support of private donations.

Children of the Night is actively involved in the prosecution of pimps all over America. Each child who testifies is accompanied by a seasoned staff member who has extensive experience protecting the rights of young victims. Often, our children are accompanied by Dr Lois Lee herself, our founder, who also serves as an expert witness for the state and federal prosecutors.

Children of the Night participates in court cases nationwide, prosecuting vile pimps who force children to prostitute for food and a place to sleep. Our involvement in these cases includes filing police reports, providing victim services to children who are required to testify in lengthy, emotionally charged court proceedings against these powerful criminals, accompanying children to court, and sometimes testifying ourselves.

For research please visit:
www.childrenofthenight.org

Information taken from Children of the Night, with the sole intention of spreading awareness.

Heifer International

About The Foundation
Heifer's Mission to End Hunger
Heifer envisions ... A world of communities living together in peace and equitably sharing the resources of a healthy planet.

Heifer's mission is ... To work with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the earth.

Heifer's strategy is ... To “pass on the gift.” As people share their animals’ offspring with others – along with their knowledge, resources, and skills – an expanding network of hope, dignity, and self-reliance is created that reaches around the globe.

Heifer's History
This simple idea of giving families a source of food rather than short-term relief caught on and has continued for over 60 years. Today, millions of families in 128 countries have been given the gifts of self-reliance and hope.

For research please visit:
www.heifer.org

Information taken from Heifer, with the sole intention of spreading awareness.

USO

Rose's Part
In the Spring of 2010 (March 26 - April 2) Rose McGowan was one of the celebrities who participated in a seven-day USO tour led by Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Three-time Emmy winner James Gandolfini, actor Tony Sirico, New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Jon Stinchcomb and Rose toured as part of an ongoing USO tradition of partnering with senior leaders and working with celebrity entertainers to bring a touch of home to troops stationed abroad. Since they began working in a partnership with the office of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 2000, the USO officials have worked with four chairmen to deploy a dozen entertainment tours. This trip was the first USO tour for McGowan and Stinchcomb. A bit of trivia: Rose’s brother is a captain in the Air Force.

Rose called it the “honor of her life” as well as saying:

“Having the opportunity to travel on a USO tour with Admiral Mullen and visit our nation’s troops was the opportunity of a lifetime,” said McGowan.

Rose also tweeted this after her trip:

Just home from USO tour.Afghanistan & uwait. Most AMAZING trip of my life. Our Armed Forces & allies are the best people! Can’t wait to return.

About The Foundation
The USO currently operates centers around the world, including numerous mobile canteens, located in the continental United States and overseas. The USO provides a variety of programs and services, including orientation programs, family events, travel assistance, free Internet and e-mail access, and recreation services. Their Mission
Historically, few events have left a more lasting emotional impression on service members and their families than USO celebrity entertainment tours. Since the USO's inception in 1941, thousands of celebrities have boosted the morale of troops in times of peace and war.

USO entertainers are essential to fulfilling the USO's mission of boosting troop morale. The USO's long-standing tradition of sending entertainers overseas will carry on as long as service members are stationed far from home.

For research please visit:
www.uso.org

Information taken from USO, with the sole intention of spreading awareness. Images are from the USO Entertainers Tour, circa 2010.

NOH8

Rose's Part
Rose, a long time activist for the GLBT community recently was photographed for the NOH8 Campaign. Her image can be viewed in the gallery.

Their Mission
The NOH8 Campaign is a photographic silent protest created by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska (http://www.bouska.net) and partner Jeff Parshley in direct response to the passage of Proposition 8. Photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Prop 8 and similar legislation around the world, with "NOH8" painted on one cheek in protest.

Nearly two years since its inception, the NOH8 Campaign has grown to over 4,500 faces and continues to grow at an exponential rate. The campaign began with portraits of everyday Californians from all walks of life and soon rose to include politicians, military personnel, newlyweds, law enforcement, artists, celebrities, and many more.

Funds raised by the NOH8 Campaign will be used to continue promoting and raising awareness for Marriage Equality and anti-discrimination on a global level through an educational and interactive media campaign.

The NOH8 Campaign has received overwhelming support from around the world, appearing on various local and national news programs and publications. The images are currently being used on various social networking sites to spread the message of equality, predominantly Facebook and Twitter. Eventually the images are expected to be compiled for a large-scale media campaign.

About The Foundation
On November 4, 2008 Proposition 8 passed in California, amending the state Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. The defeat provoked a groundswell of initiative within the GLBT community at a grassroots level, with many new political and protest organizations being formed in response.

The NOH8 Campaign is a photographic silent protest created by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley in direct response to the passage of Proposition 8. Photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Prop 8 and similar legislation around the world, with "NOH8" painted on one cheek in protest.

Nearly two years since its inception, the NOH8 Campaign has grown to over 4,500 faces and continues to grow at an exponential rate. The campaign began with portraits of everyday Californians from all walks of life and soon rose to include politicians, military personnel, newlyweds, law enforcement, artists, celebrities, and many more.

On November 4, 2008 Proposition 8 passed in California, amending the state Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. The defeat provoked a groundswell of initiative within the GLBT community at a grassroots level, with many new political and protest organizations being formed in response.

For research please visit:
www.noh8campaign.com

Information taken from NOH8, with the sole intention of spreading awareness. Image is taken from Rose McGowan's campaign photo, circa 2009.

Hope For Haiti Now

Rose's Part
After the January 2010 earthquake, a consortium of celebrities arranged a televised musical performance to benefit Haiti in the style of Live Aid. The telethon named Hope for Haiti Now garnered much needed public attention for the cause of the Haitian people. It was broadcast on January 22, 2010 on FOX. Actor and filmmaker George Clooney, took the lead in organizing the two-hour telethon, hosted from Los Angeles, while CNN’s Anderson Cooper appeared in reports from Haiti, where officials estimate that more than 200,000 people were killed in the Jan. 12 earthquake.

Rose McGowan participated by answering phones. The telethon helped raise $58 million toward relief for Haiti disaster victims. For a full list of the celebs who attended read here.

In addition to Hope for Haiti Now, Rose supported Artists For Haiti (Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) by attending an event on January 28, 2010. The event was a silent auction and featured artwork by Ed Moses, Ed Ruscha, Corinne Chaix, Raymond Pettibon, Huguette Caland, Larry Bell, Chuck Arnoldi and Robert Graham. While photographs of Haiti by Tao Ruspoli and short films from the Jacmel Film School were also features to those in attendance. 100% of all donations will be given directly to Father Rick Frechette of St. Damien’s Hospital and the ground-level doctors and rescue workers. Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ), founded in 2009 by director Paul Haggis, is a fundraising effort that encourages peace and social justice and addresses issues of poverty and enfranchisement in communities around the world.

For research please visit:
www.hopeforhaitinow.org

Information taken from USA Today, with the sole intention of spreading awareness. Images from Hope For Haiti Now: A Global Benefit For Earthquake Relief, circa 2010.