Celebrity Stylist Dawn Shannon Helps Sunscreen Film Festival Celebrate 10th Anniversary in Style

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Dawn Shannon's Intuition Salon & Spa, rolls out the red carpet to help Sunscreen celebrate 10 years of increasing the public’s awareness of local filmmaking as a cultural and economic asset. Sunscreen has grown from its first festival in a local art gallery with 600 attendees in 2006 to an internationally recognized event with an annual attendance of over 20,000 in St. Petersburg, Florida and Los Angeles, California.

Film is like fashion, they are both visual, both have motion ... and I just can't imagine what films would be like without costume designers and professional, artistic hair and make-up people.

Dawn Shannon’s Intuition Salon & Spa will be donating their services for the fourth year in a row to the Sunscreen Film Festival being held April 30th through May 3rd in St. Petersburg, Florida. Each year Dawn Shannon provides hair and makeup for the celebrities attending the festival as well as models who add an air of Hollywood flair to the event. This year is no exception with Shannon joining together with Marina, the owner of ARTpool, a local vintage fashion store, who will personally dress the models to match the various themes throughout the festival.

“This is one of my favorite things to do. I love working with celebrities and film festivals, they are fun.” said Shannon. “Film is like fashion, they are both visual, both have motion ... and I just can't imagine what films would be like without costume designers and professional, artistic hair and make-up people. Besides, I really enjoy volunteering our time and services to help promote the film industry in the Tampa Bay area."

Having worked on national magazine cover photo shoots as well as having clients who include quite a few TV and movie personalities, Shannon loves to bring the same friendly and relaxing environment she provides to celebrities to every client that frequents her salons. She wants every client to feel like a star.

In addition to celebrating 10 years as a premier film festival, Sunscreen has welcomed a new festival director for 2015, Dwight Cenac II. According to a recent press release, Cenac succeeds previous director and co-founder of the organization Tony Armer. Cenac has worked in the film and television industry since 2000. He is the vice president of Indyoh Inc., a film and television distribution company, and Crown Films Production Company based out of Jacksonville. He has produced and directed feature films, commercials and digital content for clients such as CBS, the United States Postal Service, University of North Florida and the United States Navy. He has deep ties within the film festival world having participated in the Cannes Film Festival and the American film market, and more. He has worked with Sunscreen in various capacities over the years and is intimately familiar with the event.

"The Sunscreen Film Fest is a premier film festival in this country,” Cenac said in a press release. “The opportunity to lead this event and organization is truly an honor. I look forward to continuing its growth and building on the established success of the organization."

Sunscreen is one of only 23 Film Festivals in the country to be sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for 2013-2014 and just a few of their past celebrity guests have included:

John Travolta (“Grease,” “Pulp Fiction”)
Kelly Preston (“Jerry Maguire”)
Patrick Wilson (“Watchmen,” “Phantom of the Opera”)
Michael Rooker ("Guardians of the Galaxy", "Walking Dead")
Ayanna Berkshire (“Twilight,” TV’s “Leverage”)
Producer Ralph Winter (“X-Men” and its sequels, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” “Fantastic Four” and its sequel, part of the “Star Trek” film series)
Screenwriter Steven E. de Souza (“Die Hard,” “48 Hours”)
Casting director Lana Veenker (“Twilight,” TV’s “Leverage”)

To learn more about Dawn Shannon and Intuition Salon & Spa http://www.intuitionsalonandspa.com/

About Dawn Shannon:
With 23 years of experience, Dawn Shannon, works with celebrity client’s around the country and founded Intuition Salon & Spa to create a friendlier high-end salon environment, where every client can Experience the Intuition Magic. Requiring that every artist working in her salons continue their advanced training in color, cut and style, ensures the quality Dawn demands at Intuition while maintaining a relaxing, professional and fun salon experience. Specializing in color, organic color and color correction, Dawn Shannon’s Intuition Salon & Spa has two locations in the Tampa Bay area. For more information visit http://www.intuitionsalonandspa.com/

About Sunscreen Film Festival:
The Sunscreen Film Festival is organized and presented by the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Film Society Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to education, economic development, informing the public about the art of visual storytelling, enhancing opportunities for local filmmakers to develop their craft and art, and increasing the public’s awareness and support of local filmmaking as a cultural and economic asset. For more information visit http://www.sunscreenfilmfestival.com/

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