Dawn Porter is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared on HBO, PBS, Discovery, and Netflix among others. She is currently directing and executive producing an Apple TV multi-part documentary series with Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry, which focuses on both mental illness and mental well-being.
Her other current projects include the documentary John Lewis: Good Trouble for CNN Films, which explores late Congressman John Lewis’ pivotal role in the Civil Rights movement and decades of political and social activism on important issues including voting rights, immigration laws, and much more; and The Way I See It, about photojournalist Pete Souza, who served as Chief Official White House photographer for President Barack Obama and President Ronald Reagan.
Her 2013 documentary Gideon’s Army premiered on HBO and won best editing at Sundance. Gideon’s Army was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and an Emmy and is part of the U.S. Department of State’s American Film Showcase. Dawn has been commissioned to create films for the Center for Investigative Reporting, Time and Essence Magazines, The New York Times Op Docs, and Amazon. She is an active member of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Television Academy. Her work has received generous support from the MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, Tribeca Film Institute, Sundance Film Institute, Chicken & Egg Pictures and other esteemed organizations.
— The New York TimesThe civil rights leader and longtime Georgia congressman John Lewis surely requires no introduction, but ‘John Lewis: Good Trouble’ provides a solid one anyway, striking a good balance between revisiting Lewis’s most famous work as an activist and chronicling his life today.
— The New York TimesIts a shiny object meant to give retrospective comfort in a time of dress.
— The Hollywood Reporter (Gideon's Army)In this comprehensive revelation of the craziness and dysfunction of the world of public defenders, filmmaker Porter sagely shows us the personal toll it takes on the lawyers.