Dawn Porter, Director/Producer
Dawn Porter founded Trilogy Films in 2007 and made her feature documentary directorial debut with Gideon’s Army, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Best Editing Award. Gideon’s Army was nominated in the Best Documentary category for the 2014 Independent Sprit Awards, and had its broadcast premiere on HBO. Porter was selected for the prestigious Tribeca All Access program, where she won the 2011 juried Creative Promise Award for Gideon’s Army. She was named one of 2012’s “15 Emerging Directors to Watch” by Realscreenmagazine, and one of The Independent’s “10 Doc Filmmakers to Watch.” Aside from the Independent Lens film Spies of Mississippi, Porter is developing a feature film based on The New York Times best-selling book The New Jim Crow by acclaimed author Michelle Alexander. She also received support from the MacArthur Foundation for her feature documentary Trapped, about abortion clinics in the deep South. Before becoming a filmmaker, Porter was the Director of News Standards and Practices at ABC News, and Vice President of Standards and Practices at A&E Networks. She is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the Georgetown University Law Center.