Morning Person Pictures is both a play on the founder’s name and an ironic play on the fact that she is completely the antithesis of a morning person. Morning Person Pictures’ intention is to create, develop, produce and distribute content that celebrates diversity and evokes conversation.
Dawn Higginbotham – Founder / Producer / Writer / Director
Dawn is a member of the Producers Guild of America, SAG/AFTRA, #WeAreWITI and The New Hollywood. She is an Award Winning Writer / Director / Producer. Her directorial debut, “The Usual,” was an Official Selection at Festival de Cannes American Pavilion Emerging Filmmakers and screened at ShortsCorner at the Cannes Market, as well as many others (with Producers Sharen Davis, Renee O’Connor and Kumari Bakhru). Currently she is in development on the feature films “Passing Through” (with Co-Owner / Producer Brooke P. Anderson at Cordova Pictures and with Sharen Davis), “Shanghai Nirvana” and “Sleepers” (with Sharen Davis, Bill Killgore and Richard Lu), and in prep on “Fatherhood” which she wrote, and will be directing and producing.
Originally from Memphis, TN, Dawn moved to New York to study music, theater and film at AMDA. She got her career start as a musical theater performer in several Off-Broadway shows and a National Tour. She soon shifted her sights to film where she worked in production on numerous feature films including “Die Hard W/ A Vengeance” (John McTiernan), Jim Cameron’s “ Titanic,” “The Thin Red Line” (Terrence Malick), and “Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas” (Terry Gilliam). Dawn’s background also includes VFX on the films “Godzilla” and “Armageddon,” and post production, as a manager for Dolby Laboratories (working with various filmmakers and studios), and as a post production supervisor for Lucasfilm/THX, she worked along side various labs in L.A., Canada, UK, Italy and Australia overseeing film print quality on “Star Wars: Episode I, II, and III” (George Lucas), she also worked on a variety of other projects for major studios (DreamWorks, Fox, Paramount, Disney…)
As a writer, Dawn has written several screenplays, including “Off The Ledge” (starring Brooke P. Anderson (The Perfect Host, Lost) and Andrew Pinon (Singled Out), who co-wrote the film; Zosia Mamet (HBO’s Girls), Jenny Mollen, Nectar Rose, and Anne Ramsay (League of Their Own); “Diamonds & Gun” (starring Renee’ O’Connor and Ted Raimi); and the upcoming “Passing Through” (Cordova Pictures). She has produced several distributed feature films and projects including; “Diamonds & Guns,” “Off The Ledge,” ”Night of the Templar,” “You Are A Star,” “Outside My Window,” “Infinity,” “Words Unspoken,” etc.
She went on to direct “Last Chance” (starring & executive produced with Renee O’Connor, and executive produced by Sharen Davis) and “The Hub” (starring Brandon Gibson, Paul McKinney, Derrex Brady, Raymond O’Connor, and with executive producer Sharen Davis), “DreamWorks 3D Animation with Valerie Lettera Spletzer” for BSTEM Hall of Fame Films, and is currently in editing on her latest documentary series “#wefilmLA.”
Also working with Carl Laemmle Studios.
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Sharen Davis – Collaborating Producer, Costume Designer
Sharen Davis, two-time Academy Award® Nominee, designed the wardrobe for diverse projects whose genres span several different eras; films such as – Quentin Tarantino’s Academy Award®-winning, 1850s Spaghetti western homage, “DJANGO UNCHAINED,” Rian Johnson’s futuristic thriller, “LOOPER” and the 2011 Oscar®-nominated Best Picture, “THE HELP,” which explores life in the 1960s South, and most recently Antoine Fuqua’s “MAGNIFICENT SEVEN.”
Sharen produced the acclaimed film, “THE USUAL,” which was an Official Selection at Festival de Cannes and screened at Shorts Corner at the Cannes Market, as well as Palm Springs Shortfest, amongst others. She is Producing the upcoming feature film “FATHERHOOD,” currently in prep with Morning Person Pictures.
Davis herself earned Oscar® nominations for her work on Taylor Hackford’s award-winning biopic, “RAY” (for which Jamie Foxx won a Best Actor Oscar®) and the 2008 big screen musical, “DREAMGIRLS.” She also earned Costume Designers Guild Award nominations for “The Help,” “Ray” and “Dreamgirls” and a Broadcast Film Critics Association nod for “The Help.”In a career spanning three decades, Davis has collaborated six times with actor Denzel Washington (most recently on the upcoming films “Magnificent Seven” and “FENCES,” and on films such as Carl Franklin’s “Devil in A Blue Dress” and “Out of Time,” the Hughes Brothers’ “THE BOOK OF ELI” and Washington’s directorial efforts “ANTWONE FISHER” and “THE GREAT DEBATORS”; twice with Will Smith (“Seven Pounds,” “The Pursuit of Happyness”); and on two projects with Eddie Murphy (“Doctor Doolittle,” “Nutty Professor II: The Klumps”). Her motion picture credits also include the critically-acclaimed drama, “Akeelah and the Bee,” “Beauty Shop,” Franklin’s “High Crimes,” Brett Ratner’s “Rush Hour” and “Money Talks,” George Gallo’s “Middle Men” and “The Take” and Alan Rudolph’s 1992 crime thriller, “Equinox,” which marked her first credit as designer.
Her TV work encompasses several telefilms, notably Franklin’s “Laurel Avenue,” Phil Alden Robinson’s “Freedom Song,” “Another Midnight Run,” “State of Emergency,” “Zooman,” “Midnight Runaround,” the series “Earth 2” and two projects for director Charles Burnett — the Disney Channel’s “Night John” and the documentary “Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property” for Independent Lens.
A naive of Shreveport, Louisiana, Davis attended the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts where she studied acting. Hoping to pursue a career in front of the camera (and microphone) as an actress and singer, she found herself altering the fabric of her career when she first worked as a costume assistant on the action thriller “Number One with A Bullet.” She gained further experience on several projects over the next five years (“Mississippi Masala,” “Permanent Record”) before graduating to designer on Rudolph’s “Equinox.” In addition to her work in film and television, Davis also designed the wardrobes for the legendary musical group The Traveling Wilburys, having first met singer-songwriter George Harrison on the 1989 feature, “Checking Out,” on which she served as costume supervisor for his Dark Horse production company.
Bill Killgore – Collaborating Producer
Richard Lu – Collaborating Producer
Renee O’Connor (ROC Pictures) – Collaborating Producer
Julian Moses (Midnitemove Productions) – Collaborating Producer
Paul Sampson (Sampson Enterprises) – Freelance Producer
Marina Viscun (Pingvin Productions) – Freelance Producer
Justin Janowitz – Freelance Producer
Becca Berry (IUGO Entertainment) – Freelance Producer
Kumari Bakhru – Freelance Producer
Claire Risoli (Risoli Films) – Freelance Producer