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"terroir" selected to International Portrait Film Festival in Bulgaria!

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"terroir" has been accepted to the International Portrait Film Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria for November 15-25, 2020. "terroir" is a musical documentary about the mother-child relationship and how it can influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. Helmed, written and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "terroir" was filmed in Wheaton & Peru, IL USA, Font Romeu, France and Vilafranca del Pen...

"terroir" wins BEST MUSIC VIDEO at RATMA Film Festival in the UK!

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"terroir" has won the Audience Award for BEST MUSIC VIDEO at the RATMA International Film Festival in Keighley, UK. Due to the Covid19 pandemic, the festival was held online this year, and the judging was also done online by the public over a two-week viewing period. "terroir" is a musical documentary about the mother-child relationship and how it can influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. Helmed, written and produced by Dawn West...

"terroir" to play on Gran Canaria with SREC Gran Angular Film Festival!

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"terroir" has been accepted to the 16th annual SREC Gran Angular Film Festival on Gran Canaria, Spain out of 400 entries from 30 countries. The festival will run from November 7-13, 2020. "terroir" is a musical documentary about the mother-child relationship and how it can influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. Helmed, written and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "terroir" was filmed i...

"terroir" a finalist for Best Music Video at RATMA Film Festival!

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"terroir" is a finalist for Best Music Video in the 2020 RATMA Film Festival out of Keighley, UK. Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the festival is running online October 10-24, 2020, and the public will determine the winners. To watch "terroir" and vote: https://www.ratmafilmfestival.com/music "terroir" is a musical documentary about the mother-child relationship and how it can sometimes influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of...

"terroir" selected to FerFilm Festival in Kosovo!

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"terroir" has been selected to FerFilm Festival in Ferizaj, Kosovo for October 2-6, 2020. "terroir" is a musical documentary about the mother-child relationship and how it can sometimes influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. Helmed/written and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, the film was shot by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona in Wheaton & Peru, IL USA, Font Romeu, France and Vila...

"terroir" up for a Weimar Poetry Award!

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"terroir" is competing for a Weimar Poetry Award in the Women in Resistance category at the International Poetry Film Festival of Thuringia in Germany, October 22-25, 2020. Due to the COVID19 pandemic, the festival will be held online. "terroir" is a musical documentary about the mother-child relationship and how it can sometimes influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. Helmed/written and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de C...

"terroir" wins BEST DOCUMENTARY at Festival Pasinetti in Venice!

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"terroir" has won the BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD at the 2020 Festival Pasinetti in Venice, Italy. The award will be presented on September 11th, 2020 during the Biennale. "terroir" is a musical documentary about the mother-child relationship and how it can sometimes influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. Helmed/written and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, the film was shot by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig o...

"terroir" to have Portuguese premiere with Arouca Film Festival!

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"terroir" will have its Portuguese premiere with the 18th annual Arouca Film Festival in Arouca, Portugal from September 10-19, 2020. "terroir" is a musical documentary about the mother-child relationship and how it can sometimes influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. Helmed/written and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, the film was shot by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona in Wheaton &...

"terroir" to have German premiere with International Short Film Festival - Detmold!

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"terroir" will have its German premiere with International Short Film Festival - Detmold, in Detmold, Germany, October 23-25, 2020. "terroir" is a musical documentary about the mother-child relationship and how it can sometimes influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. Helmed/written and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, the film was shot by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona in Wheaton & ...

"terroir" to rep the US in the Lucania Film Festival

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"terroir" will represent the US in the 21st annual Lucania Film Festival in Pisticci, Italy, August 7-9, 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 & Peru, IL U...

"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...

"Touch" wins BEST DOCUMENTARY at Diogenes 2020: Stay Home & Make Movie Festival

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 "Touch" has won the BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD at the Diogenes 2020: Stay Home & Make Movie Festival out of Tbilisi, Georgia on July 3, 2020. Written and presented by 91-yr-old retired metallurgist and poet Donald G. Westlake, the film was directed/edited by his daughter Dawn Westlake, as they were both self-isolating during the COVID19 pandemic, 2001 miles apart. Westlake used family films going back to the early 1900s to illustrate her father's story about the importance of...

"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" wins the Audience Award at UNCG Sustainability Film Festival!

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"terroir" has won the Audience Award at the 2020 UNCG Sustainability Film Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "terroir" explores the mother-child relationship and how it can sometimes unfortunately influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. The film was shot on location in Westlake's childhood home in Wheaton, IL USA and in a vineya...

International Thai Film Festival

International Thai Film Festival a.k.a. ITFF is a prestigious international film event that showcases the best films from around the world. The event of ITFF (held annually in the middle of September, every year, in Bangkok, Thailand) brings together film and entertainment industry professionals and film enthusiasts alike, celebrating and awarding the very best productions and artists (ITFF Film and Entertainment Industry Awards). The Festival provides a memorable and unique experience for all visitors, and all attendees can gain from it and grow personally and/or business wise. ITFF presents industry insiders, knowledge and a colorful experience for everyone. Please visit our website for further information at: https://www.thaifilmfestival.com/ For all the news, opportunities and to keep up-to-date with ITFF, please like and follow our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thaifilmfest.

 

"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" 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 compete for Audience Award at Athens Video Dance Project!

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"Pooling" has been accepted to the 10th Athens Video Dance Project for January 24-26, 2020 in Athens, Greece. It will compete there for the 500 Euro Audience Award. Conceived and helmed by Dawn Westlake of Ron de Cana Prods, Inc., "Pooling" was danced/choreographed by Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros. Opening and closing animation was done in the Los Angeles-area by Dismas & GrissyG Lizarraga of GrisDismation, but the live-action portion was shot and edited by Pol Ca...

"Pooling" Wins the Art Award at RATMA Film Festival in the UK!

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"Pooling" has won the Art Award at the RATMA Film Festival in Keighley, UK! This is the second award for "Pooling" and the 70th award overall for director/producer Dawn Westlake and her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. "Pooling" was filmed and edited and visual effects were done in Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original score was composed by Joan Armand Forero of Praxiz in conjunction with dancer/choreographer Marc Carrizo Vila...

POOLING: one of 3 nominees for the Art Award at 2019 RATMA Film Festival

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"Pooling" has been nominated for the Art Award at the 2019 RATMA Film Festival in Keighley, UK. It will be screened October 12 for the public during the festival. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, and choreographed/danced by Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros, "Pooling" was shot/edited by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original score was composed by Joan Armand Forero of Praxiz. The opening and closing animation was done by Dismas & GrissyG Lizarraga...

12th TIDF Calling for Entries!

The 12th TIDF is now calling for entries! TIDF is looking for documentaries that are most creative, closely connected to social and human interests, and have unique points of view! Films completed after December 1, 2017 are eligible for our three main competitions and eleven awards. Over US$71,000 total cash-prize awaits. Submit your film before December 5, 2019. All forms and lengths are welcome. A Taiwan Premiere is required except for Taiwanese productions. Shortlist will be announced in ...

Cinematographer Luca Bigazzi to receive the Campari Passion for Film award

His new work, the series The New Pope by Paolo Sorrentino, will have its world premiere screening Out of Competition (episodes 2 and 7). Campari Passion for Film La Biennale di Venezia and Campari are pleased to announce that cinematographer Luca Bigazzi (The Great Beauty, The Way We Laughed, Bread and Tulips) is the recipient of the Campari Passion for Film Award of the 76th Venice International Film Festival. The award, instituted last year at the 75th Venice Film Festival, seeks to ...

Joaquin Phoenix to receive TIFF Tribute Actor Award at inaugural tribute Gala

Photo by Diana Ringo   JOAQUIN PHOENIX TO RECEIVE TIFF TRIBUTE ACTOR AWARD ATINAUGURAL TRIBUTE GALA TORONTO​ — Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey, Co-Heads of TIFF, today announced that three-time AcademyAward–nominated actor ​Joaquin Phoenix​ will be honoured with one of two ​TIFF Tribute Actor Awards​ at thisyear’s TIFF Tribute Gala awards event. Taking place on Monday, September 9 at Fairmont Royal York, during the 44th Toronto International Film Festival, ...

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