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"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 to 9th Cinema en Liberté!

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"terroir" has been selected to the 9th Cinema en Liberté Film Festival in Toulon, France. Due to the COVID19 pandemic, the dates are still to be finalized, but it's thought that the festival will take place in an open-air location this summer. 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 fe...

"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 Short List for Best Music Video Award in Estonia!

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"terroir" has made the short list of Best Music Video nominees for the 2020 Unprecedented Cinema International Festival of Short Films in Tallinn, Estonia. Originally scheduled for April, the festival has now been postponed to September 4-6, 2020 due to the COVID19 pandemic. Written/helmed and sung by Dawn Westlake, "terroir" explores the mother-child relationship and how it can sometimes cloud our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. The fil...

"terroir" accepted to Filmets 2020!

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"terroir" has been accepted to the prestigious Filmets Film Festival in Badalona (Barcelona), Spain for October 16-25, 2020. Written/helmed and sung by Dawn Westlake, "terroir" was shot in Wheaton & Peru, IL, USA, Vilafranca del Penedes, Spain and Font Romeu, France by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original score was composed and Westlake's voice coached by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. "terroir" marks the professional acting debut of 4-yr-old...

"terroir" to play the UNCG Sustainability Film Festival!

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"terroir" has been accepted to the UNCG Sustainability Film Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina for March 26th, 2020. Written/helmed and sung by Dawn Westlake, "terroir" is a musical doc exploring how the mother-child relationship may cloud our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. An original score was composed and mixed by award-winning composer GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. "terroir" was shot, edited and its considerable visual e...

"terroir" to play Festival La Lanterna!

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"terroir" has been selected to compete in Festival La Lanterna in Genoa, Italy on March 5th, 2020. "terroir" is a musical doc that explores the mother-child relationship and how it can cloud our perception of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, "terroir" was shot in Westlake's childhood home in Wheaton, IL, USA, in a vineyard in Peru, IL, USA and another in Vilafranca del Penedes, Spain. Font Romeu, France ...

"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...

"Scrappy" wins another Zebrino during Berlin leg of Zebra Fest!

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"Scrappy", based on the poem by Donald G. Westlake, has won another Zebrino Award at the Berlin leg of the Zebra Poetry Film Festival on December 7, 2018. "Scrappy" also won the Zebrino at the Munster-based Zebra Poetry Film Festival back on September 30, 2018. "Scrappy" was helmed and produced by Donald Westlake's daughter, Dawn, who also adapted the original poem for the screen. The film was shot on location in Pine Mountain, California, USA by Pol Carrizo Vil...

SCRAPPY selected to screen in Dunedin International Film Festival in Florida!

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SCRAPPY has been chosen for the Cats & Dogs Section of the 2019 Dunedin International Film Festival in Dunedin, Florida, USA. The anti-gun violence film was praised by the festival director as a film "...about love conquering violence. I appreciated the theme that the pure heart of a child can warm the hardened heart of an adult." The Dunedin International Film Festival runs January 12-13, 2019. Written for the screen, produced and helmed by Dawn Westlake, "Scrappy" is e...

SCRAPPY wins the Zebrino at the Zebra Poetry Film Festival!

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"Scrappy" has won the Zebrino Prize of 500 Euros, donated by Filmwerkstatt Münster, at the 2018 Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Germany last evening. Based on the Studs Terkel Award-winning poem of the same name by the director Dawn Westlake's father, Donald G. Westlake, "Scrappy" tells the story of a little girl's courage when confronted with an adult's momentary lapse in judgment. The story is based on a real-life anecdote from Donald's childhood. It was...

SCRAPPY selected to Muestra Otros Cines in Argentina!

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SCRAPPY has been accepted to Muestra Otros Cines in San Nicolas, Argentina for September 19-23, 2018. Based on the Studs Terkel Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake, SCRAPPY was adapted for the screen and directed by Westlake's daughter, Dawn. It tells the story of a child's ability to stand up to an adult who has a momentary lapse in judgment. The film was shot on location in Pine Mountain, CA, USA by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original score was provided by compo...

SCRAPPY to play Charlie Chaplin Film Festival in Ireland!

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"Scrappy", a social issue film helmed by Dawn Westlake, based on the Studs Terkel Award-winning poem of the same name by her father, Donald G. Westlake, has been selected to the Charlie Chaplin Film Festival in Waterville, Ireland for August 23-26, 2018. "Scrappy" will play in the Social Commentary section of the festival which unspools on Friday, August 24th at 6pm. "Scrappy" was shot on location in Pine Mountain, CA, USA by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelo...

FROM ON HIGH wins SPIRITUAL AWARD!

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FROM ON HIGH has won the SPIRITUAL AWARD at the 18th annual Corto Fiction Festival in Chianciano Terme, Italy. This is the 6th award for the film and the 60th award for filmmaker Dawn Westlake of Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. in Los Angeles. FROM ON HIGH was shot on location by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona in Collsuspina, La Sala de Sant Llogari and Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain in September 2017. In early July 2018, Pol won the BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY award at Carpine d'Argento Film ...

SCRAPPY wins 3rd place at Athens International Digital Film Festival!

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"Scrappy" has won 3rd place in the international fiction film contest at the Athens International Digital Film Fest in Athens, Greece on April 4, 2018. Produced by Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. and helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by her father, Donald G. Westlake. It recounts a real-life anecdote from Donald's childhood in rural Elburn, Illinois, USA when he had to stand up to the American gun culture. Canon USA, Inc. su...

SCRAPPY to play Nudo, Festival de Poesia Visual, Barcelona!

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"Scrappy" will play Nudo, Festival de Poesia Visual, in Barcelona, Spain on April 21, 2018 at 7:30pm, along with other grand prize finalists from the 2017 Maldito Festival in Albacete. The evening of films will be offered at Miscelanea BCN, c/Guardia 10, in the Raval neighborhood of Barcelona. "Scrappy" was shot in Pine Mountain, CA and edited in Los Angeles by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. A score was provided by 2016 Peer Raben Music Award nominee GC Johnson o...

SCRAPPY selected to Festival Un Film Per La Pace!

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SCRAPPY has been selected to Festival Un Film Per La Pace in Gorizia, Italy for March 8th, 2018. Based on the Studs Terkel Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake, "Scrappy" was adapted for the screen and helmed by his daughter, Dawn Westlake. The film was shot on location in Pine Mountain, CA and Les Quingles near Barcelona, Spain in 2016 by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona who also edited. An original score was provided by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs, the 2016 Peer Raben Mu...

SCRAPPY wins the People's Choice Award at RATMA!

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"Scrappy", helmed by Dawn Westlake, based on her father Donald G. Westlake's Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem of the same name, has won the People's Choice Award at the RATMA Film Festival in Keighley, UK. The film is based on a real-life anecdote from Donald's childhood when he had to stand up to the culture of gun violence in the USA. "Scrappy" was shot on location in Pine Mountain, CA, USA and edited in Los Angeles by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig. An origin...

Scrappy rep'd the USA in San Rafael en Corto Film Festival

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"Scrappy", a film about standing up to gun violence, based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake, represented the USA in the San Rafael en Corto Film Fest in Vecindario, Spain (The Canary Islands) on November 4th, 2017. "Scrappy" is a Ron de Cana Productions' presentation, directed and adapted for the screen by Dawn Westlake. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot and edited on location in Pine Mountain and Los Angeles, CA, USA. ...

"Scrappy" in the running for the People's Choice Award at RATMA Film Fest in the UK!

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"Scrappy", a 4-minute film by Dawn Westlake, based on the poem by her father, Donald G. Westlake, is up for the People's Choice Award in the RATMA Film Fest. The film is playing online (for FREE!) until November 19th. The winner will be announced on November 20th. The global public can watch and vote for "Scrappy" in the drama category here: http://ratmaff.weebly.com/drama.html The poem "Scrappy" is included in Donald G. Westlake's Studs Terkel Humanitie...

Scrappy to tour 5 cities in Spain with CineMistica!

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"Scrappy" has been selected to the CineMistica Film Festival and will tour five cities in Spain with them from November 2-December 2, 2017. Helmed and adapted for the screen by Dawn Westlake, "Scrappy" is based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by her father, Donald G. Westlake. It deals with a young girl's courage in standing up to the gun culture in the USA. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot and edited in Pine Mountain and Los Angeles, CA,...

Scrappy presented in French...in Argentina!

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"Scrappy" will be presented in French as a nominee for the Concurso FIC ESMI, sponsored by the Alianza Francesa de Bellas Artes, at the Festival Internacional del Cortometraje FIC in Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 27, 2017. Based on the Studs Terkel Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake, "Scrappy" was adapted for the screen and helmed by Dawn Westlake. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot and edited and did visual effects. 2016 Peer Raben Music Award nominee...

Scrappy chosen for Maldito Festival de Videopoesia in Spain!

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"Scrappy" has been chosen along with just 14 other films to screen in the Maldito Festival de Videopoesia within the Abycine Festival from October 20-28, 2017 in Albacete, Spain. Adapted for the screen by director/producer Dawn Westlake, "Scrappy" is based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by her father, Donald G. Westlake, which recounts a real-life anecdote from his childhood about standing up to the gun culture in the USA. Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of Imatge ...
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