Dreamcatcher (2015 film)

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Directed byKim Longinotto
Produced by
Edited byOliver Huddleston
  • Rise Films
  • Green Acres Films
  • Vixen Films
Release date
Running time
104 minutes
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Dreamcatcher is a 2015 British-American documentary film directed by Kim Longinotto focusing on Brenda Myers-Powell, a former professional who runs The Dreamcatcher Foundation, a charity which helps women in Chicago leave the sex industry. The film won the World Cinema Directing Award in the documentary category at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.[1] Showtime Networks acquired the rights to the film on 23 January 2015.[2]


The film's producer Lisa Stevens found the story in 2009 while making Crack House USA in Chicago, IL. Stevens nurtured the relationship with Brenda Myers-Powell and Stephanie Daniels-Wilson for several years. Stevens began writing and shaping the story of Dreamcatcher for a feature documentary film in 2010. In 2011, Stevens was introduced to Kim Longinotto, and asked her to direct the film. Teddy Leifer raised the money needed to make the film.[3] The film was shot in ten weeks in Chicago. Principal photography started in September 2013.[4] Wilfred Spears served as associate producer for this film.


Screendaily critic Mark Adams gave Dreamcatcher a positive review, writing that "as expected from such a talented filmmaker she [Longinotto] constructs a film that veers between amusing and absorbing through to grim."[5] It has a score of 86 on Metacritic[6] and 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.


  1. ^ Smith, Nigel M (31 January 2015). "The Winners of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival". Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  2. ^ Obensen, Tambay (23 January 2015). "Showtime Acquires 'Dreamcatcher' Before Its World Premiere at Sundance". Archived from the original on 3 February 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  3. ^ Cipriani, Casey (12 January 2015). "Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #1: Kim Longinotto's 'Dreamcatcher' Tackles Tough Issues". Indiewire. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  4. ^ Mitchell, Wendy. "Kim Longinotto starts Dreamcatchers shoot". Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  5. ^ Adams, Mark. "Dreamcatcher". Screendaily. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Dreamcatcher Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 4 November 2015.

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