The Film

The Darkest Matter is an original feature-length film spotlighting 6-12th grade acting and film production talent. Taught and produced by trained film professionals James Fox, Owner/Director, Dawnrunner Productions and Geoff Peck, Director of Photography, Dawnrunner Productions, the goal of the project was to educate students in advanced film-making techniques and on-camera acting. The key production and shooting days of the film took place during a five week long summer camp, which enabled hands-on instruction on a true-to-life film set. The program will culminate at a premiere gala event to showcase the completed film and celebrate the young actors & actresses on Sunday March 13th in Santa Clara, California.

The Story

The Darkness slumbers inside us all. In the wake of abandoning their colony ship an escape pod full of children gets damaged and must reroute to a nearby space station. Upon arrival the kids find the station has been powered down and appears abandoned. Their survival depends on their ability to control the derelict station, and their time to be rescued is rapidly running out.

Dawnrunner Productions

Dawnrunner Productions is a San Francisco based film and video production company committed to creating innovative films, creative commercials, dynamic corporate videos, and eye-catching music videos. All members of Dawnrunner are advocates for pushing the limits of the industry as well as pioneering new equipment, techniques, and utilities. Each member of the team is skilled in various film making disciplines, and are constantly expanding their knowledge base as a means to fully realize the potential of this small - and driven - production studio. As a company, Dawnrunner makes it a very personal mission to create opportunities for inspiring the next generation of filmmakers. Learn more about Dawnrunner.

Starting Arts

Starting Arts is a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is the promotion and preservation of quality arts education in public schools. Since 2001, Starting Arts has partnered with school communities and districts in the San Francisco Bay area to provide both during and after school programs in visual and performing arts for children in grades K through 12. Starting Arts actively promotes all four arts disciplines: Dance, Theatre, Music, Visual Arts, and now Film. Starting Arts receives and solicits operating funds from individuals, corporations, foundations and government agencies. Contributors not only help educate the next generation of artists and audiences - they help teach creative thinking skills to the future innovators and leaders of our world. Learn more about Starting Arts.