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Nomination and Award from Halicarnassus Film Festival in Turkey for Ron de Cana Productions!

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"Pooling" (2018) has won a Special Jury Prize for Most Creative and "terroir" (2019) was nominated Best Documentary at the Halicarnassus Film Festival in Bodrum, Turkey this week. Both films were helmed/written/produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle and shot/edited by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. Pol also did the considerable visual effects in both pieces. An original score for "Pooling" was composed by Joan Armand Forero ...

"terroir" is a finalist at Halicarnassus Film Festival in Turkey!

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"terroir" is a finalist for Best Documentary in the Halicarnassus Film Festival in Bodrum, Turkey...scheduled for August 8, 2020. (The festival may be postponed to 2021, due to the global pandemic.) Written, helmed and performed by Dawn Westlake, and produced under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "terroir" is a musical documentary about how the mother-child relationship can influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. The film was s...

"terroir" to play Venice with Festival Pasinetti!

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"terroir" has been selected to Festival Pasinetti in Venice, Italy for July 23, 2020 at Casa del Cinema. Written, helmed and performed by Dawn Westlake, and produced under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "terroir" is a musical documentary about how the mother-child relationship can influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. The film was shot on location by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona in Wheaton & Peru, IL USA, Fo...

"Pooling" to play on Filmin with Choreoscope in September!

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"Pooling" will be presented on the Filmin Channel out of Spain with the Choreoscope Film Festival of Dance in Barcelona from September 14-28, 2020. The breakdance film conceived and directed by Dawn Westlake, starring Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros, and with an original score by Joan Armand Forero of Praxiz, was shot and edited in Barcelona by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. Pol also did the considerable visual effects work. The animated open and close of "Poolin...

"terroir" wins BEST MUSIC VIDEO at Madras International Film Festival

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"terroir" has won the BEST MUSIC VIDEO award at the monthly Madras International Film Festival in Chennai, India in July 2020. This win secures a berth for the film at the festival to be held in Chennai in person in 2021. (In person screenings have been postponed for 2020 due to the global COVID19 pandemic.) Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "terroir" is about how the mother-child relationship can influence our percept...

"terroir" accepted to SAGA Film Festival in Australia!

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"terroir" has been accepted to the SAGA International Women's Film Festival in Adelaide, Australia for August 7-21, 2020. Written, helmed and performed by Dawn Westlake, and produced under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "terroir" is a musical documentary about how the mother-child relationship can influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. The film was shot on location by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona in Wheaton &...

"terroir" selected to the Madras Independent Film Festival!

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"terroir" has been selected to the Madras Independent Film Festival in Chennai, India. Written, helmed and performed by Dawn Westlake, and produced under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "terroir" is a musical documentary about how the mother-child relationship can influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. The film was shot on location by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona in Wheaton & Peru, IL USA, Font Romeu, France a...

"terroir" selected for the Fem Tour Truck!

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"terroir" has been selected by Fem Tour Truck out of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain to tour that country, as well as Portugal, France, the UK, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Mexico from June 2020 onward. Written/helmed and sung by Dawn Westlake, and produced under her Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. shingle, "terroir" explores the mother-child relationship and how it can influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. The film was made in Wheaton &...

"terroir" on the Filmin Channel with Mostra de Films de Dones

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"terroir" has been selected to the Mostra Internacional de Films de Dones in Barcelona, Spain for June 1-14, 2020. Due to the global COVID19 pandemic, the festival has had to move online to the prestigious Filmin Channel, available in Spain. You can access the viewing window, starting June 1st, through either of these links: https://www.mostrafilmsdones.cat/project/terroir/ https://www.filmin.es/corto/terroir   For more info on "terroir", including the synopsis, cas...

"terroir" & "Pooling" win awards on last day of 2019!

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"terroir" and "Pooling", the two latest musical films by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, have won awards on the final day of 2019. "terroir" is the story of how unfortunately the mother-child relationship can cloud our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. It won the BEST MUSIC VIDEO AWARD at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival held at the National Film Archive of India in Pune. "Pooling...

"terroir" to play the National Film Archive of India with Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival!

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"terroir" has been accepted to the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival for December 28, 2019. The festival venue is the National Film Archive of India, located in the city of Pune. Written, helmed, produced and protagonized by Dawn Westlake, "terroir" was shot on location in Wheaton & Peru, Illinois, USA, Font Romeu, France and Vilafranca del Penedes, Catalunya, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. Pol also did the editing and considerable visua...

"terroir" to rep the USA in Argentina with 10º Festival de Cortometrajes Ernesto Esteban Etchenique!

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"terroir" will be the sole representative of the USA at the 10th Festival de Cortometrajes Ernesto Esteban Etchenique at the Museo de la Reconquista in Buenos Aires, Argentina on December 21st, 2019. This is the 9th festival acceptance for "terroir" since it was released on September 9th. Written/helmed and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "terroir" explores the mother-child relationship and how it can cloud our perceptions of ver...

"terroir" accepted to Intimate Lens Film Festival in Italy!

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"terroir" has just been accepted to its 8th festival since being released on September 9, 2019. It will play the IntimaLente/IntimateLens Film Festival in Caserta, Italy on December 20, 2019. Written/helmed/produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "terroir" is a musical poem about how the mother-child relationship sometimes clouds our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. The film was shot on location in Wheaton &am...

"terroir to play Athens, Greece with 8th International Video Poetry Festival!

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"terroir" has just been accepted to the 8th International Video Poetry Film Festival in Athens, Greece for December 13-14, 2019. This is the 7th selection for this brand new musical, feminist film helmed/written/produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle. "terroir" was filmed on location in Wheaton & Peru, IL, USA, Font Romeu, France and Vilafranca del Penedes, Catalunya, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. Pol also did the editing...

THREE Ron de Cana Films Selected to Ateneo Ferrolan in Spain for December!

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Three of Dawn Westlake's films made between 2017 and 2019 under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle have been chosen to play at this year's Ateneo Ferrolan, Muestra de Cortometrajes. "From On High", "Pooling" and her latest, "terroir", will be presented on December 11th, 2019 in Ferrol, Galicia, Spain. The three films have played on 6 continents and won a total of 15 awards. All were made with Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona behind the camera and ...

"terroir" selected to AtlantiDoc in Uruguay!

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"terroir" has been selected to the 13th annual AtlantiDoc Film Festival in Montevideo, Uruguay for November 25-December 13, 2019. Written/helmed and produced by Dawn Westlake, under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "terroir" is a feminist musical doc about how unfortunately sometimes the mother-child relationship clouds our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. "terroir" was shot on location in Wheaton & Peru, IL, USA, Font Ro...

"terroir" to have European premiere in Hungary!

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"terroir" will have its European Premiere in Budapest, Hungary with the 22nd annual Faludi Film Festival, November 27-30, 2019. Written/helmed/produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "terroir" was filmed in Wheaton & Peru, Illinois, USA, Font Romeu, France and Vilafranca del Penedes, Catalunya, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. Pol also did the editing and considerable visual effects for the film. A score was written and West...

"terroir" wins Honorable Mention at its World Premiere

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"terroir" has won Honorable Mention at its world premiere with Festival Internacional de Cine de Villa de Leyva in Bogota, Colombia. Written/helmed/produced and sung by Dawn Westlake, "terroir" is a poem orchestrated musically by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. It was shot on location in Westlake's childhood home in Wheaton, IL and at August Hill Winery in Peru, IL, USA by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. Pol also did 2nd unit photography in Font Romeu, France and ...

"Pooling" to play the Canary Islands with San Rafael en Corto

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"Pooling" has been accepted to the San Rafael en Corto Film Festival on Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain for November 2-8, 2019. Written/helmed/produced by Dawn Westlake and her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "Pooling" features the dance and choreography of Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros. The film was shot and edited and effects were done by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original musical score was composed by Joan Armand Forero of Praxiz. The openi...

Dawn Westlake - POOLING - We Are Moving Stories

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Carmela Baranowska's interview with director/writer/producer Dawn Westlake on her hybrid dance film "Pooling" dropped yesterday. Check it out in the latest installment from WE ARE MOVING STORIES: https://www.wearemovingstories.com/we-are-moving-stories-films/2019/1/17/pooling?fbclid=IwAR0OTa6x5uCbiXxRraJH7lOGcTpBYAZUiUlnE8ebyow-Xo8PVjaaqJqx-0M For more info on Westlake's other films: http://www.dawnwestlake.com ...

"terroir" is born!

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"terroir", a new musical film from Dawn Westlake of Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. was finished on 9.9.2019! Written as a poem by Westlake, "terroir" was orchestrated by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs, and then sung by Westlake who also plays herself (in the present day) and her mother (in 1969 and the 1990s) in the film. Lilly Johnson, her cousin's granddaughter, plays Westlake as a four-year-old and her mother as a three-year-old, in 1969 and 1930, respectively. Pol Carriz...

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Director: Dawn Westlake.

The French word terroir is used across many languages and cultures to describe the soil and climate factors that give wine its character. Metaphorically, we can look at our human upbringing and the resulting character of various world cultures as ‘terroir’. Factually, we all originate from women, but it is the rare culture that respects or honors this truth. Why do we pervert the vessel of life to its own self-denial?
 

POOLING: one of 5 nominees for Best Foreign Film at Festival de Cinema de Tres Passos!

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BREAKING in Brazil: POOLING is one of 5 films competing for Best Foreign Film at Festival de Cinema de Tres Passos in Brazil, November 7-9, 2019. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, and produced by her Ron de Cana Productions, Inc., "Pooling" was choreographed and performed by Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros. Opening and closing animation was done by Dismas and GrissyG Lizarraga of GrisDismation. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot, edited and did visual effects. An o...

"Pooling" is one of the Top 16 finalists at Corto Nanni!

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"Pooling" is one of the Top 16 finalists selected to screen at Corto Nanni in Castello di Piombino, Italy, a festival that runs from October 11-13, 2019. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, and produced by her Ron de Cana Productions, Inc., "Pooling" was choreographed and performed by Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros. Opening and closing animation was done by Dismas and GrissyG Lizarraga of GrisDismation. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot, edited and did vi...

"From On High" to screen in Tunisia, Morocco & Jordan with WOW International Film Festival

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"From On High" has been selected out of 3150 entries from 119 countries to tour Tunisia, Morocco & Jordan with WOW International Film Festival. Written, helmed and produced by Dawn Westlake of Ron de Cana Prods, Inc., "From On High" is about a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It was filmed and edited on location in Barcelona, Collsuspina and La Sala de Sant Llogari, Catalunya, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original score was ...

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