Her career has been dedicated to making films about civic issues and city life, particularly at the neighborhood level. She is currently producing and directing Free for All: Inside the Public Library, a multi-platform project about America’s public libraries. Her previous work has won Emmy, Peabody, and Sundance awards and been nominated for an Academy award. 

She directed and produced Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans (2008), which premiered at the Tribeca International Film Festival. It went on to win the SFIFF Golden Gate Award for Best Documentary and was a PBS Black History Month feature presentation three years in a row. Dawn co-directed and edited Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton (2013) and Lindy Boggs: Steel and Velvet (2008).


Dawn’s editing credits include the Sundance Award-winning Paragraph 175 by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Freidman, Academy Award-nominated Weather Underground by Sam Green, Emmy and IDA award-winning Have You Heard from Johannesburg? by Connie Field, Emmy and Peabody award-winning The Castro, and, most recently, Jenni Olson’s The Royal Road, which premiered at Sundance 2015.  Short films that she produced and directed include Tomboy, which was exhibited at the Whitney Museum and aired on PBS. 

Dawn received a BA in Philosophy from UC Berkeley. Her honors include a Soros OSI Media Fellowship, California Arts Council Artist Residency, BAVC Media Maker Award, Djerassi Artist Residency, Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship, New Orleans Contemporary Art Center Artist Fellowship, and the New Orleans Arts Council Award.  

Films by Dawn Logsdon

Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans

Discover the place where  America's first civil rights movement was born.