Dawn Anna

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Dawn Anna
Dawn Anna FilmPoster.jpeg
DVD cover
Written by
  • Robert Munic
  • Arliss Howard
  • James Howard
Directed byArliss Howard
Music byAdam Fields
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
CinematographyGuy Dufaux
Running time88 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorLifetime Television (2005)
Original release
  • January 10, 2005 (2005-01-10) (United States)

Dawn Anna is a 2005 American dramatic television film written by Robert Munic, Arliss Howard, and James Howard, and directed by Arliss Howard. The film, based upon real events surrounding the Columbine High School massacre, premiered on Lifetime Television January 10, 2005.[1][2][3][4]


This film is produced by Tom Cox, Peter Lhotka, Murray Ord and Jordy Randall, and co-produced by Arliss Howard. Executive producers of this film are Tom Patricia, Madeleine Sherak, William Sherak and Jason Shuman.[5]

Plot summary[edit]

The movie depicts the life of Dawn Anna, a teacher and single mother of four children. Soon after meeting her eventual husband, she is diagnosed with a severe brain disease that requires a serious operation. Shortly after her recovery, daughter Lauren Townsend is Gunned down by shooters in the Columbine High School massacre.


  • Debra Winger as Dawn Anna Townsend
  • Tatiana Maslany as Lauren Dawn Townsend - age 12
  • Brandon Firla as Interviewer
  • Alex Van as Bink
  • Sam Howard as Josh Townsend
  • Stephen Warner as Matt Townsend
  • Krista Rae as Kristin Townsend
  • Robert Theberge as Shane
  • Quinn Singer as Lauren 'Lulu' Dawn Townsend
  • Patricia Harras as Mary
  • Greg Lawson as Dr.Emmerson
  • Gillian Carfra as Crisis worker
  • Yuri Yeremin as Himself
  • Lee Cameron as Health teacher
  • Christine Hamilton as Tall girl
  • Scott Arnold as Dr. Albert Becker



Debra Winger was nominated for 'Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie' at the 2005 Primetime Emmy Awards.


  1. ^ Bob Fischbach (2009-09-24). "Bob's Take: Payne, Winger share passion for storytelling". Omaha World Herald. Archived from the original on 2013-01-30. Retrieved 2010-08-21. Later, after a clip from “Dawn Anna,” a 2005 TV movie starring Winger, was shown, she said she'd never seen “Dawn Anna” in a theater with an audience. She loved hearing the Omaha audience's reaction to the scene.
  2. ^ Shales, Tom (January 10, 2005). "Lifetime's 'Dawn Anna': Tears of Endearment". Washington Post. Retrieved October 13, 2013.
  3. ^ staff (January 10, 2005). "A Barrage of Calamities, All Based on a True Story". The New York Times. Retrieved October 13, 2013.
  4. ^ Jicha, Tom (January 10, 2005). "Lifetime's Dawn Goes From Tragic To Worse". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved October 13, 2013.
  5. ^ "Dawn Anna". imdb.com. 10 January 2005.

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