Mother of Color the directorial feature film debut from award-winning, Portland filmmaker, Dawn Jones Redstone will have its Portland premiere on Friday November 4, 2022 at the historic Hollywood Theatre. The film stars celebrated local changemaker, Ana del Rocío as well as newcomers, Kacey Tinoco and Julian Hernandez and Patricia Alvitez. Mother of Color also includes special appearances from Commissioner JoAnn Hardesty and Luz Elena Mendoza of the band Y La Bamba who also created a song for the film.
Mother of Color tells the story of Noelia, a whip-smart, single mother of two who dreams of running for office someday, but struggles to get by and find care for her kids. When she’s offered the chance to interview for a position that will change everything, she begins receiving messages from her ancestors. Noelia senses that something bigger is at play as she works through a series of obstacles to get to the interview and follow her dreams.
Mother of Color will make its world premiere on October 7, 2022 at the Tacoma Film Festival and screen the same weekend at the Workers Unite Film Festival in New York City and the Louisville International Film Festival in Kentucky. The film was also one of six films chosen for the prestigious US in Progress which took place at the 2021 American Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland.
Dawn Jones Redstone is a prolific filmmaker with many short films including: Sista in the Brotherhood, See Me and Magnificent which have racked up many awards at film festivals across the country. With her entrance into feature filmmaking she continues to give visibility not only to the story unfolding on screen, but to the people who worked on this film behind the scenes.
“Mother of Color wouldn’t have been made without the hard work and endless generosity of so many Portlanders who worked on and supported the project. The film uplifts our incredibly diverse cast & crew while also telling a story that ultimately is about all the ways we take care of each other and try to heal in these fractured times. It’s an immense joy to see it all come to fruition in creating a beautiful work of art and now, to prepare to share it and show another side of Portland to the world.” – Dawn Jones Redstone, Writer, Director.
The film was mostly made by women/non-binary people of color who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Watch the teaser trailer for Mother of Color.