Dawn is a cautionary tale. We hurt girls with casual negligence. We change the course of lives with a stereotypical view shared thoughtlessly. We shape the minds of the innocent. Let’s think different and be better.
My inspirations were varied – I wanted the color palette of The Parent Trap (1961) the loneliness of an Edward Hopper painting, the driving tension of Night of the Hunter mixed with Hemingway’s unsparing style of editing. These greats are my teachers.
I layered a lot into Dawn and feel it’s best watched twice. Please enjoy for free and pass it on. THOUGHT+ART = FREEDOM
Entertainment Weekly interviewed Rose McGowan recently about her short film Dawn, her forthcoming feature debut Pines and that Adam Sandler casting call. Read on for the great interview!
In January, Rose McGowan flipped the script on Hollywood. Debuting her short film Dawn at the Sundance Film Festival, the former Charmed star — a journeywoman actress who appeared in such films as Scream and The Black Dahlia and most recently wrapped a 12-episode arc on the Crackle series Chosen — made explicit her intention to reinvent herself as a moviemaker.
But last week, it was McGowan’s fiery feminist streak that grabbed headlines around the world thanks to a cheeky tweet:
casting note that came w/script I got today. For real. name of male star rhymes with Madam Panhandler hahahaha I die pic.twitter.com/lCWGTV537t
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) 18. kesäkuuta 2015
With its thinly veiled reference to Adam Sandler, the posting managed to put Hollywood’s casual sexism and institutional objectification of actresses on conspicuous display.
Turns out the outspoken actress-director’s impulse to vent spleen came from the same place as her film-making drive. Dawn — which will be screened at New York’s Lincoln Center under the auspices of its Film Society Wednesday—follows a quiet teen (Tara Barr) growing up within the constrictive confines of small-town America. But when she strikes up a flirtation with a courtly boy who works at the local gas station (Reiley McClendon)—and lowers her guard to allow him and his friends into her world—Dawn gets much more than she bargained for. It’s an assured debut with a strong point of view and some sharp points to make about female identity construction.
In a candid discussion with EW, McGowan, 41, explained she’s “not trying to vilify” Sandler, even while decrying the “stupidity” of his movie’s audition notice. And she took pains to elucidate her pro-woman humanism as well as her decision to say goodbye to acting for the foreseeable future.
We have very exciting news to bring today! According to Hollywood Reporter, Rose McGowan will make her feature directorial debut with The Pines. The psychological thriller follows a troubled young woman’s dreams of stability are threatened by a family of healers, who could help save her mind – or lose it completely.
The Pines was written by Alex Mar and will be produced by Sundial Pictures and Tangerine Entertainment. Founded by Amy Hobby and Anne Hubbell, Tangerine Entertainment is a production company focusing on films by women directors. The film is scheduled for a fall shoot in upstate New York.
Congratulations to Ms. McGowan for this major step in her career! You can be sure we’ll be reporting it every step of the way.
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 Rose-McGowan.com 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:
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.