Dreamcatcher takes us into a hidden world through the eyes of one of its survivors; Brenda Myers-Powell. A former teenage prostitute who worked the streets of Chicago, Brenda defied the odds to become a powerful advocate for change in her community. With warmth and humour, Brenda gives hope to those who have none. Her story is their inspiration.
For twenty-five years Brenda Myers-Powell called herself 'Breezy' and she dominated her world, or that's what she thought. It was a world that had turned her into a teenage, drug-addicted prostitute. After a violent encounter with a 'john,' Brenda woke up in the hospital and decided to change her life. Today she is a beacon of hope and a pillar of strength for hundreds of women and girls as young as fourteen who want to change their own lives. 'Dreamcatcher' explores the cycle of neglect, violence and exploitation which each year leaves thousands upon thousands of girls and women feeling that prostitution is their only option to survive. By following the very charming, charismatic and truly empathic Brenda, we enter the lives of young women and see in verite footage their realities from their points of view. While the world may overlook these women and men, thankfully Brenda has not, providing an unflinching expose which contrasts seeming hopelessness against the difference that one person can make in the lives of many.
Kim Longinotto is a British documentary film maker, well known for making films about extraordinary women and also the plight of female victims of oppression or discrimination. Longinotto studied camera and directing at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, England, where she now tutors occasionally. At the age of 10 she was sent to a draconian all-girls boarding school, where she found it hard to make friends due to the mistress forbidding anyone to talk to her for a term after she became lost during a school trip. After a period of homelessness Longinotto went on to Essex University to study English and European literature and later followed friend and future filmmaker Nick Broomfield to the National Film and Television School. While studying, she made a documentary about her boarding school that was shown at the London Film Festival, and has continued to be a prolific observational documentary film maker ever since. She has received a number of awards for her films over the years, including a BAFTA for her Divorce Iranian Style.
Lisa Stevens has produced several landmark documentary series for National Geographic Channel; OUTLAW BIKERS, UNDERWORLD CITIES and DRUGS INCORPORATED. She recently produced CRACK HOUSE USA for Channel 4 and MSNBC, with Academy Award winning (Man on Wire) producer, Jonathan Hewes of Wall to Wall Media and BAFTA award winning director, Anthony Wonke. Lisa founded her own production Company, Green Acres Films Ltd. in 2009. DREAMCATCHER is one that came about after years of nurturing a relationship with the main subjects of the film.
Teddy Leifer previously collaborated with Longinotto on the 2009 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner, Rough Aunties. Dreamcatcher marks Teddy's sixth film at Sundance since. His other credits include We Are Together, Knuckle, The Interrupters and 2013 Oscar® nominee, The Invisible War. Teddy is a three time Emmy® winner, BAFTA nominee and Managing Director of Rise Films, which also produces the hit UK comedy, Plebs. He was recently listed in the "100 most innovative and influential people in British creative and media industries" by the Guardian newspaper.
Director: Kim Longinotto, Music: Stuart Earl, Sound: Nina Rice, Producers: Teddy Leifer, Lisa Stevens, Associate producers: Will Spears, John Stack, Editor: Ollie Huddleston, Production Companies: Rise Films, Green Acres Films, Vixen Films