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"terroir" to play the Mosaic Film Festival!

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"terroir" has been accepted to the Mosaic Film Festival in Rockford, IL USA for September 18-20, 2020. Written/helmed/produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "terroir" was shot by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig at Westlake's childhood home in Wheaton, IL USA, at the August Hill Winery in Peru, IL, at another vineyard in Vilafranca del Penedes, Catalunya, and in the snowy mountains of Font Romeu, France. Pol also edited and did the significant visual ef...

"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" 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 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 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...

"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...

"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 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...

SCRAPPY reps the USA at Divercine in Montevideo, Uruguay

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"Scrappy" represented the USA at Divercine, a film festival for children in Montevideo, Uruguay, taking place July 23-27, 2018. Based on the Studs Terkel Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake, the film was adapted for the screen and directed by Westlake's daughter, Dawn. "Scrappy" was filmed on location in Pine Mountain, California by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona who also edited and did special effects. An original score was composed by GC Johnson of Acou...

Moving Words: Films Selected

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As many of you may know, we have teamed up with Arts by the People for our first annual festival to present a special screening of Moving Words!  "Moving Words is an annual project that makes possible transnational collaboration amongst artists of prose, poetry, voice acting, and animation. Moving Words will intersect voices of all ages through writers whose submitted works will be transformed into short films by animation students at various international animation sch...

SCRAPPY & FROM ON HIGH selected to IX Festival de Cine: Infancia y Adolescencia in Colombia

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Ron de Cana Productions' films SCRAPPY (2016/USA) and FROM ON HIGH (2017/USA) have both been accepted to IX Festival de Cine: Infancia y Adolescencia playing in Bogota & Medellin, Colombia from September 3-21, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, both films were shot/edited by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. They both feature young actors making their professional debuts in stories about children taking a stand for peace in worlds where the adults' morals and ethics ...

"Scrappy" accepted to Zebra Poetry Film Festival

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Out of more than 1,200 entries from 87 countries the program commission has selected "Scrappy" by Dawn Westlake to be part of the ZEBRINO competition of the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival Münster|Berlin. "Scrappy" is based on the Studs Terkel Award-winning poem of the same name by Dawn's father, Donald G. Westlake. It recounts the real-life anecdote from Westlake's life when as a 6-year-old he had to stand up to the gun culture in the USA in his small town of Elburn...

Exciting Announcement: Moving Words

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We have teamed up with Arts by the People to present works from their new project, Moving Words.    Moving Words will intersect voices of all ages through writers whose submitted works will be transformed into short films by animation students at various international animation schools. These writers, under the guidance of ARTS By The People’s writing scholar, will have their works voice acted and subsequently animated by college students.    We will prese...

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 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...
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