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"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" selected to the 33rd Festival Les Instants Video in Marseille!

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"terroir" has been accepted to the 33rd Festival Les Instants Video in Marseille, France for November 15, 2020. This is the 40th selection for the film made in late 2019. "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 Vilarro...

"terroir" to play Porto Femme Film Festival in Portugal!

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"terroir" has been accepted to Porto Femme International Film Festival in Porto, Portugal for October 6-10, 2020. This is particularly exciting since Dawn Westlake's very first film ("Mini Driver Project") was made in Porto twenty years ago! "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 Westlak...

"terroir" accepted to Zebra Poetry Film Festival - Berlin !

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"terroir" has been accepted out of 2000 entries to screen at the 2020 Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin, Germany from November 19-22. This is a very special selection as the idea for "terroir" was first conceived by writer/director Dawn Westlake while she was attending the 2018 Zebra Fest with her award-winning poetry film "Scrappy". "terroir" is a musical documentary about the mother-child relationship and how it can sometimes influence our perception...

"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" 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...

"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" 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" selected to Cortos en Corto in Mexico!

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"terroir" has been selected to the 7th annual Cortos en Corto Film Festival in Anahuac, Xalapa, Mexico for August 20-21, 2020. Written, helmed and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc shingle, "terroir" is about the mother-child relationship and how it can sometimes cloud our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. The film was shot in Wheaton & Peru, IL, USA, Font Romeu, France and Vilafranca del Penedes, Spain by Pol C...

"terroir" selected to Newlyn PZ International Film Festival & nom for Best Female Director!

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"terroir" has been accepted to the 2021 Newlyn PZ International Film Festival, based in Penzance, Cornwall, England. The film's director, Dawn Westlake, has been nominated for the BEST FEMALE DIRECTOR award. Originally scheduled for the end of April 2020, the festival has been postponed one year. "terroir" is about how the mother-child relationship may unfortunately cloud our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. The piece is based on a po...

"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 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" to have South American premiere in Bogota!

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"terroir" will have its South American premiere with Independent Film Festival de Villa de Leyva in Bogota, Colombia from November 8-11, 2019. Written/directed/produced and sung by Dawn Westlake, "terroir" was orchestrated by multiple award-winning composer GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. It was shot on location by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona in Wheaton & Peru, Illinois, USA, Font Romeu, Francia and Vilafranca del Penedes, Catalunya, Spain. Pol also edited and ...

"terroir" to have World Premiere at Goa Short Film Festival!

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"terroir", the brand new musical film by Dawn Westlake with orchestration by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs, will have its world premiere at the Goa Short Film Festival in India in November! "terroir" was shot by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona in Wheaton & Peru, Illinois, USA, Font Romeu, France and Vilafranca del Penedes, Catalunya, Spain. Pol edited and did visual effects as well. The film marks the professional acting debut of four-year-old Lilly Johnson, the g...

"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...

terroir

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?
 

Feminist Thriller 'The Bellwether' Opens in LA

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Los Angeles, CA - (January 21, 2019) - Giant Pictures, the digital film distribution division of Giant Interactive, has acquired North American digital rights for The Bellwether writer/director Christopher Morrison's elevated feminist thriller shot in an ancient church in Brussels, Belgium. The Bellwether, a deeply character-driven genre piece, a horror and thriller film which addresses women's issues, features a captivating virtuoso perfor...

The Bellwether

Director: Christopher Morrison.

In The Bellwether, to the outside world Joanne (Reid) is just a bookstore owner, but The Conspiracy knows different. She is dangerous. She is a bellwether: a quiet leader who is well on her way to being her whole self. When they kidnap her to break her, to make her conform, they discover that Joanne is something so much more than even she ever knew. The Conspiracy locks Joanne in a 13th century chapel and she communicates with her 'operator' only through text and images shown a television. In order to break her, they work on her hidden pain, the fact that she had an abortion four years ago. After standing up to the mental torture, the Conspiracy goes even farther; impregnating her and trying to force her to have the baby. At the moment when she is about to give in she will either break, or everything will change, for herself and for the Conspiracy.

Dublin Feminist Film Festival 2018

Dublin Feminist Film Festival has established firm roots on Dublin’s cultural calendar, shining a spotlight on women in film. DFFF promotes and celebrates female filmmakers, hoping to inspire and empower others to get involved in filmmaking.

This involves considering women on-screen, but also behind the camera, through the dual-aspect of celebrating and showcasing fantastic female filmmaking, as well as demonstrating that women make compelling and complex characters and subjects.  DFFF is a celebratory couple of days and our commitment to inclusive art is reflected in the programme each year, showcasing a range of work, from documentary to drama, short form to feature, films from different places and representing different perspectives, as well as work by women-of-colour.

ABOUT 2018'S FESTIVAL

The theme for #DFFF2018 is REFRAME/REFOCUS. Rather than foreground particular topics, our programme this year will feature films not only directed by women, but also shot by female cinematographers. In emphasising the role of the cinematographer, we aim to expand the notion of who 'makes' a film and what 'Films by Women' means, while also raising questions about whether and how films shot by women feature a different or other gaze.

WHY CINEMATOGRAPHY?

In 2018 something remarkable happened: Rachel Morrison garnered an Academy Award nomination for Cinematography for her work on the film Mudbound. At first glance, this might not seem so out of the ordinary. Over the last four decades, women have regularly and increasingly been nominated for and won international awards for production roles that had previously been male-only domains. Not so with cinematography, however. Morrison was the first woman ever to be nominated for her work behind the camera in ninety years of Oscars! Awards aren’t everything of course. But historically speaking, cinematography has been the most difficult filmmaking role for women to break into.

And yet for the past several years, some of the most visually exciting films in world cinema have been shot by women. Long-standing talents like Ellen Kuras, Agnés Godard, Caroline Champetier, and Mandy Walker have in recent years been joined by a huge influx of international cinematographers like Quyen Tran, Nanu Segal, Reed Morano, Morrison, and many more.

For the Fifth Dublin Feminist Film Festival, we have decided to highlight the role of the female cinematographer. In coming to this decision, we thought about it from several different angles. Does a woman’s camera “see” differently? If much of what makes film so compelling is the visual, can a film be “by” its cinematographer as much as its director? And institutionally and structurally speaking, why has the field of cinematography in particular been so reluctant to accept women into its ranks?

Thus we present REFRAME/REFOCUS, wherein we hope to reconsider, not simply the role of the cinematographer in general, but very specifically the role of the female cinematographer and how she lights, frames, and moves through the onscreen space that constitutes our visual filmic experience.

To that end, all the films we screen this year – features and shorts – were directed and shot by women. As part of the festival, we’re also featuring a talk by an esteemed academic on female cinematography, and a roundtable discussion with two Dublin-based female cinematographers.

It’s important to celebrate the work of Rachel Morrison, and we heartily congratulate her on her achievement. However, as we continue to reconsider the fantastic work that female cinematographers are doing around the world, we hope it will become increasingly clear that one nomination in ninety years simply isn’t good enough.

Colossal, Review by Siraj Syed: Loss all

Colossal, Review by Siraj Syed: Loss all Colossal loses big on two counts: It appears to have several allegorical, illusionary hidden agendas, and it goes about framing them in minimalistic, over-simplified montage. There is always a grave risk in making a socio-political commentary using metaphors like video games and giant monsters/robots, and the risk involves alienating (pun intended) both classes of audiences—the superhero aficionados, and the intelligentsia film-goers. Colossal no...

Call for 2017 Film Submissions

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The 2017 Women's Voices Now (WVN) Online Film Festival Submissions Open: October 17, 2016, 9AM PST Submissions Close: February 6, 2017, 11:59PM PST Official Selections Notified: February 10, 2017 Online Film Festival: March 8, 2017- April 5, 2017, 11:59PM PST Award Winners Notified: April 12, 2017   Contact: wvnff2017@womensvoicesnow.org $10,000 IN CASH PRIZES Submit your film here: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/WomensVoicesNow The 2017 Women's Voices Now (WVN) Onl...
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