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After an undetermined cataclysmic event, Dawn finds herself isolated and growing increasingly sick as her medicine diminishes and her body weakens. As she is nearing her end, she is haunted by a promise made to a departed friend. She must journey outside her home for the last time to fulfill that promise and find peace.

An atmospheric exploration of the effects of total isolation, the film, shot on 35mm, is without dialogue and relies heavily on sound and imagery to take us through our character's deteriorating mental and physical state as she deals with loss, loneliness, and the fragility of the human experience.

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About the project

DAWN is the inaugural project of RED DAWN TRIO, a collective of three cinematographers, Katherine Castro, Nona Catusanu, and Liza Gipsova, based in New York City. Initially we bonded over the commonalities in our individual working experiences as mid-career female cinematographers. We developed DAWN as a response to the lack of opportunities available to us to shoot on 35mm film, in a technical and aesthetic exercise, which ultimately became a radical collaboration exploring new ways of working with our peers in a way that department heads rarely have the opportunity to.

The project and the finished film is a celebration of celluloid and collaboration.

Red Dawn Trio - Liza Gipsova, Katherine Castro, Nona Catusanu

The Team

Katherine Castro, Director and Director of Photography

Katherine Castro

Katherine was recently selected for the American Film Institute Cinematography Intensive for Women in Los Angeles. She is a New York City-based Cinematographer. After studying architecture and photography while living in the Dominican Republic, Katherine returned to Boston in 2008 where she began working in film and TV as a Local 600 Camera Assistant. Applying her design and photography background along with the invaluable lessons she has acquired over the years working in production, Katherine brings a unique style and viewpoint to her cinematography. Her work spans narrative, music video & documentary and has recently been screened in film festivals such as Indy Film Fest, Woods Hole Film Festival & Asian American International Film Festival in NYC.
Nona Catusanu, Writer, Director, and Director of Photography
Director/DP & Writer

Nona Catusanu

Nona was born in Romania and raised in NYC. She is a cinematographer, visual artist and director. She graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a Bachelor's degree in Film and TV and went on to study in the Cinematography Master's Program at The Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) in the Czech Republic. She is a member of Illium Pictures, an independent production company based out of Brooklyn, NY and The Hexagon Initiative collective, a community of artists based in NYC, and currently serves on the advisory board for the NYC Women Filmmakers group.
Liza Gipsova, Director and Director of Photography
Director/DP & Writer

Liza Gipsova

Liza is an award-winning NYC-based cinematographer fascinated by humans, light and stories of identity, location and the why. She draws from an exhaustive background in traditional, digital, photographic and theater arts, before coming up in the ranks of the camera department and co-founding Curiouser Creative Studio, a visual media production company. Soviet-born and raised in the Washington, DC area, Liza attended American University for her undergraduate degree, with a cinematography intensive at FAMU in Prague, Czech Republic. Her work spans narrative, commercial and documentary disciplines in long, short and episodic formats.
Nicolle Márquez, as Dawn

Nicolle Márquez

Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Nicolle Márquez is an actress with performance training achieved in the United States and Argentina. She began her career in Buenos Aires, as a physical theater actor exploring through biomechanics, acrobatics, and modern dance.
Tim Wu, producer

Tim Wu

Tim is the co-founder of Illium Pictures and serves as the company’s executive producer, overseeing all of its commercial and narrative productions. Since beginning Illium in 2012, he has grown its commercial clientele to include Conde Nast, Time Inc, The New York Times, A&E, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Billboard, Maybelline, ConAgra, Campbell’s, Microsoft, TruTV, Subway, Nickelodeon and many more.

On the narrative end, Tim's recent projects as a feature producer include Mickey Keating’s DARLING (Fantastic Fest 2015), which was acquired by Screen Media, and Natasha Kermani’s IMITATION GIRL (Frightfest 2017), which was acquired by Epic Pictures and Dread Central as part of their inaugural Dread Central Presents slate. A graduate of NYU’s UGFTV program, Tim is also a member of the IATSE Local 600 Camera Union and Society of Camera Operators.

Adrian Delude, Colorist

Adrian Delude

Adrian is a graduate of the American Film Institute with a MFA in Cinematography. He has worked as a colorist at Company 3 for the past 17 years. With his background in filmmaking Adrian finds the collaborative nature of helping other artists realize their vision the best part of the job.
Luisa Piña, Editor

Luisa Piña

When she was a young little human, she enjoyed entertaining people, finding it amusing to shock others with unconventional behaviors. Whilst in the search of abnormalities to feed her imagination and dreams she stumbled upon surrealist filmmaker David Lynch. She fell in love with cinema through Lynch's eyes. She loves the idea of telling a story without revealing the whole secret. Later on, after completing her Bachelor Degree in Arts in Media and Social Communication, Luisa decided to refine her skills as a filmmaker and move to Australia from Venezuela to do a Master Degree at Griffith University. Reborn, her last writing and directed project, took her to the Short Film Corner 2013 of the Cannes Film Festival, and was part of the 2015 Melbourne Queer Film Festival. She is now located in New England where she is working as Film Editor, whilst writing her first feature film coming soon.
Adam Grannick, Composer & Sound Designer
Composer & Sound Designer

Adam Grannick

Adam is an editor, director and violinist whose films, both documentary and narrative, have won multiple awards in film festivals around the country. He is the current Video Production Manager at the 92nd Street Y, and the former Multimedia Producer for the Moral Courage Project, where he produced a series of over 50 short documentaries that gave platforms for everyday courageous individuals to share their stories of speaking truth to power. He holds a BFA in Film and Television Production from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
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