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 recently had its broadcast television premiere on HBO, receiving rave reviews and high ratings — hailed as “essential…gripping and beautiful” by Esquire magazine and described by the New York Times as a “stirring” film. Dawn was selected for the prestigious Tribeca All Access program, where she won the 2011 juried Creative Promise Award for Gideon’s Army. Named one of 2012’s Doc Hot Shots’ 15 Emerging Directors to Watch by Realscreen magazine, and one of The Independent’s 10 Doc Filmmakers to Watch, Dawn also produced and directed Spies of Mississippi, which aired on Independent Lens in February 2014. Other Trilogy projects include a documentary about celebrity Chef Alexandra Guarnaschelli for the Cooking Channel.
Dawn’s work in narrative features began as Executive Producer of Serious Moonlight, written by Adrienne Shelley and starring Meg Ryan and Timothy Hutton. Serious Moonlight debuted at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival and was released theatrically by Magnolia Pictures; the film had its broadcast premiere on the Lifetime Movie Network. Dawn Executive Produced The Green, an independent feature that premiered on the Showtime Network and stared Cheyenne Jackson (30 Rock) and Emmy Award-winning actress Julia Ormond.
Before becoming a filmmaker, Dawn was the Director of News Standards and Practices at ABC News, and Vice President of Standards and Practices at A&E Networks. Dawn is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the Georgetown University Law Center. She was a practicing attorney at Baker & Hostetler and ABC Television Networks before beginning her television career.