developed by DNA: Oxygen

See Me

Premiered at Portland International Film Festival (PIFF)

Written By Kisha Jarrett, Dawn Jones Redstone, Aki Ruiz, Josie Seid, and Vin Shambry
Directed By Dawn Jones Redstone
Creative Producer Kisha Jarrett
Director’s Statement

Daily routines intersect with the turmoil of the world outside as three Black Portlanders go about their day during the COVID shutdown in Oregon in this 22 minute short film.

See Me is the first project of the DNA: Oxygen program and was created entirely with a BIPOC cast and crew. ART is proud to attach its name to this first-of-its-kind project at Artists Rep that uses the creative power of a number of up-and-coming BIPOC artists.

Creative Producer, Kisha Jarrett said, “when I first started putting together the production team for See Me, I pitched the idea of a project to a bunch of filmmakers and animators by saying, ‘I have this vision, it’s a slice of life story of three Black people living in Portland during COVID and we may have about a minute of animation. Oh, and there’s no script yet. We’re going to meet and write it in a week and then shoot it four weeks later. Once we confirmed our director, Dawn Jones Redstone and our Director of Photography Matthew Hayes, everyone else fell into place and believed in the vision, the power, and the beauty of this story.”

Special Thanks to Ronni Lacroute, Open Signal, Dámaso Rodríguez, Shawn Lee, JS May, Vonessa Martin, Sally Spaderna, DNA Oxygen, Caroline Jones Redstone, Katie Hughes and Gearhead Grip.

Additional Contributors: Lucy Jones Redstone, Quinlan Fitzgerald, Orion Bradshaw, James Jones, Val Landrum, Gregory Pulver, Robert Riley Turner, Rollyn Stafford, Danny Thomas, Josh Weinstein


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‘See Me’ film a close-up of 3 Black Portlanders in the pandemic shutdown

Allison Frost, OPB



Dawn Jones Redstone
Kisha Jarrett
Executive Producer/Writer
Aki Ruiz
Josie Seid
Vin Shambry

Production Team

Matthew Hayes
Director of Photography
Ashley Mellinger
Line Producer
Gabi Villaseñor
Production Designer
DJ Scott
María Moreno
Assistant Director
Kanon Havens
1st Assistant Camera
Tamera Lyn
2nd AC/Shadow
Joe Bowden
Key Grip
Kai Pacifico Eng
Sound Recordist
Amanda Boyd
Kayla Kelly
Health & Safety Monitor
Jasmine Vazquez
Leslie Crandell Dawes
Sound Engineer



Show Sponsors

Koerner Camera Systems

Season Sponsors

National Endowment for the Arts