Dawn Porter

Film and TV director


Dawn Porter is an award-winning filmmaker who 2013 documentary GIDEON'S ARMY won the Sundance Film Festival Editing Award and the Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award. The film broadcast on HBO in July 2013 and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and an Emmy. THe film has been used across the globe to engage local communities in important conversations about indigent defense, race, the U.S. justice system and socioeconomic influences on crime. Dawn also directed and produced SPIES OF MISSISSIPPI- a critically -acclaimed historical documentary that was part of ITVS' 2014 Independent Lens series on PBS. The film tells the little known story of a state sponsored campaign to defeat the Civil Rights movment in the 1960s. Dawn recently completed RISE: THE PROMISE OF MY BROTHERS KEEPER, a documentary film chronicling President Obama's program to help young men and boys of color succeed. She is currently working on TRAPPED , which is funded in part with funds from the MacArthur Foundation and explores the impact of laws regulating abortion clinics in the South.