Private Project

Love in Daylight

When two people meet and fall in love, they run away from the perilous lives of sex trafficking and drug addiction only to be haunted by their past as they struggle with the hardships of everyday life.

  • Dawn Burgess
    Director
  • Dawn Burgess
    Writer
  • Dawn Burgess
    Producer
  • Brandon Tillman
    Producer
  • Paul Foster
    Producer
  • Daniel Yakobchuck
    Key Cast
    "Zane"
  • Sarah Jamie Lewis
    Key Cast
    "Deja"
  • Roger Pharr
    Key Cast
    "Ray"
  • Brandon Tillman
    Key Cast
    "Cody"
  • Roxanna Redfoot
    Key Cast
    "Arlene"
  • Joe Wheat
    Key Cast
    "Terry Callahan"
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 34 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 8, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:35
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Golden State Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    February 29, 2020
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection / Best Actress in a Feature Film
Director Biography - Dawn Burgess

Dawn Burgess has proudly worked in many facets of the entertainment industry over a span of the past 20 yrs. Her career focus was acting and writing, but has recently segued into directing and producing. Dawn has written, directed and produced three short films and a feature film that is currently running the festival circuit and has garnered several awards. She received "FILMMAKER OF THE YEAR" from the East TX area in 2018, where several of her films have been shot on location. She currently has two spec scripts ready to go to production, one being Driving Her - Winner of the Stage 32 Feature Drama Screenwriting Contest, along with a third in development. Her next directing project is another short film that she is currently in development on slated for early 2021.

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Director Statement

I was inspired to write Love in Daylight while watching a documentary on heroin addiction. A young man who came from an upper-class family seemed to have life at his fingertips. However, here he was - homeless and strung out. All I could think of was, "What would happen if he fell in love?". I began writing on Love in Daylight the next day - several drafts later and after meeting other passionate filmmakers, we made the film over a span of six months with only sweat, a few tears, and pure determination. I hope this story reaches a broad audience if only to bring a message of hope: hope for healing, hope for second chances, and hope in finding and experiencing love in daylight.