“The put-upon wife of a charismatic art dealer in 1920’s Paris witnesses the empowering and intoxicating love of a gifted artist and his bewitching muse.”
Paris in the 1920’s, what an incredible time and place in history! Hip flasks of hooch, jazz, bobbed hair, Picasso, Stein, Baker and Fitzgerald all embodied the “Lost Generation.” Women were embracing their power – They took to the streets to demand equality, the right to vote, and to be heard. Not unlike the very important #metoo watershed moment we’re all witnessing. From a simple picture posted by Lead Actress, Scottie Thompson on Instagram an idea was sparked… Soon character bios and a script were written – Which in turn led to crowdsource funding, that eventually led to a creative collaboration that would prove to be a highlight of my artistic career thus far.
Cullen Douglas is perhaps most recognized for his work as an Actor. His critically acclaimed performance as the “The Birdman” on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, resulted in the Producers submitting him for Emmy consideration. More recently, his appearance on Showtime’s Twin Peaks caused the internet to break just a little. Other television appearances include a season long arc on Jason Katims/CBS’ Pure Genius, as well as recurring roles on ABC’s Scandal, Agents of SHIELD and CBS’ Criminal Minds. As a writer, he was the first recipient of the Humanitas Prize’s New Voices Award. He wrote and starred in the award winning one-man play, Afraid to Look Down – which chronicled the first year of life with his oldest son born with Down syndrome. Cullen’s first short film, Fading Scars is currently receiving high praise and acclaim on the film festival circuit; having screened at the prestigious Gasparilla International Film Festival, the Hill Country Film Festival, the Sunscreen Film Festival, and most recently at the Vero Beach Wine + Film Festival, hailed as the new “Summer Sundance”.
Susan Lea Gallagher
Susan Gallagher is also a working Actor, having appeared extensively in both film and television. Her “big break” occurred when the late, uber producer, Aaron Spelling hand-picked her to portray Diner Owner, Claire, on the WB’s Safe Harbor. Recurring roles followed on such fan favorites as HBO’s Treme, and the Karate Kid’s new hit series, Cobra Kai. Susan is currently a series regular on Queering. Other work includes Strange Weather opposite Holly Hunter and Bloodline opposite Kyle Chandler. Her work in the film, Picking Back Up earned her a Best Actress Nomination from the 2018 CWFF in Los Angeles. As of Producer, Susan founded Her Little Red Productions in 2014 – a female run production company focusing on female driven projects. The company’s most notable works to date include the award winning, Beneath the Crown and the award winning, The Committee – collaborating with two-time Emmy winning filmmaker, Dr. Lisa Mills. Susan’s and HLRP’s most recent project, Portrait of a Woman at Dawn looks to make its world premier on the film festival circuit.
The body says what words cannot…
Reviews of the Script...
"Ah, to be young and beautiful and in Paris! Delicious characters, amazingly visualized and detailed. A sexy little story. I want to wear the clothes and see the paintings and drink the champagne!! Like a Hemingway short story with a #metoo twist.
"A beautiful 'portrait of a woman' finding her power during a time when most women weren't. The story's sadness quickly makes way for inspiration."
"You draw us in, swathing us in the sensuality of the age of Jazz and the Lost Generation. And yet so often, you remind us, it is when we feel most hopelessly lost that we find ourselves with unexpected allies, and all we have to do is take that first, great, terrifying step toward freedom."
“Portrait of a Woman at Dawn is a beautifully written, sensitive story about overcoming abuse and the intricate ways connecting with kind and kindred souls can change everything.”
"It feels like an F. Scott Fitzgerald story, only with a happy ending. The characters are crisp and clear and jump off the page. It's truly one of the only short film scripts I've ever read that kept me riveted till the end."
"You set it in the 1920's but explore subject matter so relevant today. You put me in the middle of everything, by delivering a script that is both a visual feast to read and an important film to be seen."