Speaker: Dawn Jones Redstone
Meeting Topic: ‘Sista in the Brotherhood’ Film Screening
In celebration of Women In Construction Week, the March Chapter Meeting will feature a film screening of the short film, ‘Sistah in the Brotherhood’ by the film’s director Dawn Jones Redstone.
Dawn is a queer, Latinx filmmaker whose work centers the experiences of women and people of color. She's director and co-writer of the multi-award winning short film, Sista in the Brotherhood. Prior to making the film, Dawn worked as a journey-level carpenter and then went on to become training manager at Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. for several years. Her work has appeared online, in commercials and in festivals around the world. She is the 2016 recipient of the Lilla Jewel Award and has been named a Woman of Vision by the Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce. Dawn is also the director of the recently released short We Have Our Ways as well as director/co-writer of the upcoming web series Nonprofit.
About the film
Sista in the Brotherhood is a 20-minute, narrative, short film about a black tradeswoman who faces discrimination on a new job site and who must choose between making a stand or keeping her job.
The story follows apprentice carpenter (Sidony O’neal) who struggles to prove herself on her first day at a new job site. An outlier in a white, male-dominated workforce, she’s forced to navigate the crew’s reactions to her. When tensions arise, she receives inspiration from a surprising source to help her decide to either make a stand or risk never being recognized as the skilled worker she has become.
The film has screened and received awards across the country and is now being used to educate about the experience of women of color in male dominated careers. Sista was most recently purchased by the United Auto Workers International Union of Detroit as a training tool--one of over thirty organizations to use it for its illumination of workplace dynamics, sexism, racism, micro-aggressions and more.
Cost: $35 for members, $40 for non-members, (Includes dinner and non-alcoholic beverages.)
5:30-6:00 pm Networking
6:00 pm Dinner
6:15-7:15 pm Presentation
7:00-8:00 pm Networking