Dawn Porter is a documentary filmmaker whose first feature, Gideon’s Army, won the Sundance Film Festival Editing Award in 2013 and later broadcast on HBO. The film was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and an Emmy, and received numerous awards including the Nation Institute’s Ridenhour prize for best documentary film.
Dawn’s other films have appeared on PBS, OWN, Fusion, The New York Times, Amazon and the Discovery Channel. In 2015, Dawn interviewed President Barack Obama for Rise: The Promise of My Brother’s Keeper which was later simulcast on Discovery and The Oprah Winfrey Network. Dawn’s recent feature documentary, Trapped, explored the impact of laws regulating abortion clinics in the South. Trapped premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking.
In 2016, Porter was named to Variety’s “10 Documakers to Watch” and received the Robert and Anne Drew Award for Documentary Excellence at DOC NYC’s Visionaries Tribute. She also recently created a short film for The New Yorker Presents, a digital series executive produced by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney. Her work has been commissioned by Time, the Center for Investigative Reporting and The Ford Foundation. She recently completed a four-part series on the life and political evolution of Robert F. Kennedy. The series will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and be broadcast on Netflix in the spring of 2018.