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 ...
Her story became their inspiration
Did You Know?
While making the film, Crack House USA in Chicago in 2009, writer, producer Lisa Stevens met Stephanie Daniels-Wilson, founder of the Dreamcatcher Foundation. Stephanie and her Dreamcatcher co-founder, Brenda Myers-Powell, introduced Stevens to their work with young girls and women who were victims of sex trafficking. Stevens spent the next three year developing a relationship with Brenda and Stephanie. For Stevens, this relationship produced a deeper understanding of the work they do, which lead to the development of a treatment for a feature documentary. Teddy Leifer joined Stevens in 2012 to raise the production funds. Kim Longinotto came on board in 2013 to shoot and direct. Stevens and Longinotto spent an intense ten weeks on location filming in Chicago. Over the ten weeks, Longinotto shot about 27 hours of footage. Post production commenced at Splice Post Production in London. Editor Ollie Huddleston was engaged to work with Longinotto to cut the film. Stevens provided editorial guidance and key music and archive throughout the edit. See more