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"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" 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 have Peruvian premiere with Festival de Cine Villa Maria del Triunfo!

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"terroir" has been accepted to the Festival de Cine Villa Maria del Triunfo and Lima Sur 2020 in Lima, Peru for August 14-21, 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" featured on TGVerona!

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"terroir" has been selected to the San Gio Film Festival in Verona, Italy, running July 23-27, 2020. It was just featured in a piece from TGVerona, including an interview with festival director Ugo Brusaporco. https://www.tgverona.it/pages/899020/cultura/torna_il_san_gio_verona_video_festival.html Written/helmed/produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "terroir" is about how the mother-child relationship can sometimes influence our perceptions of...

"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" 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...

"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 Cinefantasy International Fantastic Film Fest in Brazil!

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"terroir" has been selected to the 10th Cinefantasy International Fantastic Film Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil for September 8-20, 2020. Written, helmed and sung by Dawn Westlake and produced under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "terroir" is about the mother-child relationship and how it can unfortunately sometimes affect our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. The film recently won the Audience Award at the UNCG Sustainability Film Fes...

"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" & "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" 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 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 ...

"terroir" to have US Premiere at Austin Music Video Festival!

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"terroir", the new feminist musical from Dawn Westlake and her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. has been selected to the Austin Music Video Festival in Texas for December 10-14, 2019. This will be the film's USA premiere. "terroir" was written as a poem by Westlake, and then orchestrated by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs, who also coached her singing performance. The film was shot/edited and visual effects were done by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. The piece was filmed o...

"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?
 

Second Lane

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Director: Sampsa Huttunen.
A documentary about hard drug users and people working among them. What happens when 'Vinkki', a social and healthcare counselling centre in Helsinki, closes its doors due to a lost contract.
 

"From On High" selected to Festival Internacional de Cine Politico en Buenos Aires!

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"From On High" has been selected to play out of competition in the 8th annual Festival Internacional de Cine Politico in Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 17-23, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is about a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It marks the professional acting debut of 11-year-olds Zoe Pinell Lopez and Esteve Serra Coll. "From On High" was shot on location in Barcelona, Collsuspina and La Sala de Sant Llogari in the Catalunya pr...

"From On High" to have French premiere with Festival Retours du Monde!

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"From On High" will have its French premiere with Festival Retours du Monde in St. Jean-St. Nicolas, France May 23-26, 2018. The film, shot and edited in the Barcelona area of Catalunya by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona, is about a young Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. An original score was provided by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. "From On High" was written, helmed and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Productions shingle out o...

Grand Prix of the Americas went to Rajko Grlic’s Constitution (FFM 2016)

The Constitution (Ustav Republike Hrvatske), Croatia, Czech Republic, UK, Slovenia, Macedonia Directed by Rajko Grlic; written by Ante Tomic & Rajko Grlic; cast: Nebojsa Glogovac, Dejan Acimovic, Ksenija Marinkovic, Bozidar Smiljanic... The Story: Four characters (or rather three and a half, since the father of the protagonist is tied up to a deathbed with amputated legs, hardly able to speak) live in the same building, yet separated by different social status, political and ideological ...

CREATE FILM FESTIVAL

When communities are caught in the depths of conflict and oppression, and survival becomes part of everyday life, why do people continue to create? When arms and air raids, ceasefires and aid fail to bring an end to such situations, what can art offer and what can it change?

CREATE Film Festival seeks to examine and explore the issue of creativity in sites of conflict; to offer a unique opportunity to see not only the different ways in which creativity can fuel change, but the truly exceptional talent that exists in some of the world’s most challenging contexts, where people have to think creatively about everything in order to survive.

Creativity as resistance; as understanding; as peace building; as voice; as messenger; as an alternative. Film In Place of War.

Call For Film Submissions

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The 3rd Women’s Voices Now Film Festival Announces Call for Entries Submissions period begins January 4, 2016, 9AM PST. Deadline is March 8, 2016, 11:59PM PST. $10,000 in cash prizes.   Submit your film: www.womensvoicesnow.org/film-festival Contact: kelsey@womensvoicesnow.org *EDIT: We are now accepting FEATURE length Narrative and Documentary films along with short film submissions. We are also awarding $10,000 in cash prizes. The 2016 Women&#...

CALL FOR ENTRIES OPENED FOR 18TH ONE WORLD FILM FESTIVAL

The 18th edition of the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival will take place March 7 - 16, 2016 in Prague followed by travelling festivals in the regions of the Czech Republic. To submit a film, please complete the Film Submission Form. For more information about the submission process please read the Festival Rules and Regulations. Feature or mid-length documentaries (minimum length is 40 minutes) and short films for children (short documentaries or animated...
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