Private Project


Dawn is a short film that places the audience in the apartment with our protagonist as she nurtures her flower. Despite the impending apocalypse, Dawn finds solace and comfort in her ability to care for this life. An exploration of the modern generation's "view from the window" as the world we care about seems to crumble. Dawn strives to find optimism in the truth, finding an appreciation for the middle parts.

  • Samson Lothschutz
  • Samson Lothschutz
  • Nat Gilmore
    Director of Photography
  • Naila Masom
    Key Cast
  • Joe Perry
    Key Cast
    "Street Preacher"
  • Henry Rusak
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 18 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 12, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Santa Clara University
Director Biography - Samson Lothschutz

I'm Samson, an Ethiopian-American student filmmaker currently attending Santa Clara University. I've lived in various different cultures throughout my life, and my passion for cinema comes from my desire to use visual storytelling to bridge social and cultural barriers. Two people may not have a language, culture, or history in common, but when they're sitting in a dark room watching a story unfold, at that moment, they can have the exact same experience. Growing up in places where I was considered a foreigner, these kinds of experiences were some of the moments I felt most closely connected to those around me.

I want to create unique genre films in order to provide audiences of all backgrounds with an imaginative landscape distinct from that of mainstream media. I want to use cinema to present ways for marginalized groups to see themselves in stories separate from the marginalization that, despite characterizing part of our experiences, can sometimes become a box that we are forced to try to fit into.

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