Directorial Debut: Rose McGowan’s Dawn!


When young Dawn begins a flirtation with the boy who works at the gas station, she thinks something special is happening. That may not, strictly speaking, be the case in Dawn, the directorial debut of Rose McGowan.

Check out the 17-minute short, Dawn, by Rose McGowan after the jump.

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– Stephen Holden, THE NEW YORK TIMES 
“Provocative…slowly seductive” 
– Betsy Sharkey, LOS ANGELES TIMES
“Positions McGowan as an earthmover behind the camera”
– Matthew Bedard, FLAUNT
“A strong debut; a subversive bit of old-fashioned, pop-melodrama with a scary undercurrent”
– Austin Trunick, UNDER THE RADAR
“The film left me literally breathless”
– Liz Whittemore, CINEMIT
“Tense and dark”


Realizing that her passion lies in filmmaking, Rose McGowan’s breakthrough directorial debut, DAWN, is a disturbing tale of a young girl’s budding sexuality and one’s desire to experience the unknown.  Dawn (Tara Barr) is a quiet young teenager living in Kennedy era America who longs for something or someone to free her from her sheltered life. When she strikes up an innocent flirtation with the boy who works at her local gas station (Reiley McClendon), she thinks that he is perhaps the answer to her teenage dreams. Though when she invites the boy and his friends into her otherwise cloistered world, she gets a lot more than she bargained for.  
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