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"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" accepted to Festival de Cinemistica in Granada!

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"Pooling" has been accepted to the Festival de Cinemistica in Granada, Spain for November 5-30, 2019. It will play on November 16th. Helmed and written by Dawn Westlake and produced under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "Pooling" was choreographed and danced by Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of the internationally renowned break troupe, Brodas Bros. An original score was composed for Marc by Joan Armand Forero of Praxiz. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona was cinematograp...

"Pooling" accepted to 25th annual Cucalorus Film Festival!

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"Pooling" has been accepted to the 25th annual Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, NC, USA for November 13-17, 2019. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake of Ron de Cana Prods, Inc., the film was danced/choreographed by Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros. It was shot on location in Castellnou, Catalunya, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona, who also edited and did visual effects. An original score was composed by Joan Armand Forero of Praxiz. The opening and closing ...

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...

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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?
 

POOLING: one of 5 nominees for Best Foreign Film at Festival de Cinema de Tres Passos!

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BREAKING in Brazil: POOLING is one of 5 films competing for Best Foreign Film at Festival de Cinema de Tres Passos in Brazil, November 7-9, 2019. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, and produced by her Ron de Cana Productions, Inc., "Pooling" was choreographed and performed by Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros. Opening and closing animation was done by Dismas and GrissyG Lizarraga of GrisDismation. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot, edited and did visual effects. An o...

"Pooling" is one of the Top 16 finalists at Corto Nanni!

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"Pooling" is one of the Top 16 finalists selected to screen at Corto Nanni in Castello di Piombino, Italy, a festival that runs from October 11-13, 2019. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, and produced by her Ron de Cana Productions, Inc., "Pooling" was choreographed and performed by Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros. Opening and closing animation was done by Dismas and GrissyG Lizarraga of GrisDismation. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot, edited and did vi...

"Pooling" to screen in Iceland with Northern Wave Film Festival!

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"Pooling" has been accepted to the Northern Wave Film Festival in Snaefellsnes, Iceland for October 25-27, 2019. Writer/director/producer Dawn Westlake has made 20 films since 2000 which have played all over the world, but this is her first time to have work screen in Iceland. "Pooling" was choreographed/danced by Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros. It was shot/edited and visual effects were done by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original score was composed ...

"Pooling" to represent USA & Catalunya at Invicines Festival in Argentina!

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"Pooling" will represent the USA & Catalunya in a field of just 11 films selected to be presented at the 2019 Invicines Festival de Cine Social in Cordoba, Argentina on September 5, 2019. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "Pooling" features the dancing and choreography of Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros. The animated opening and closing segments were done by Dismas & GrissyG Lizarraga of GrisDismation. Th...

"From On High" to screen in Tunisia, Morocco & Jordan with WOW International Film Festival

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"From On High" has been selected out of 3150 entries from 119 countries to tour Tunisia, Morocco & Jordan with WOW International Film Festival. Written, helmed and produced by Dawn Westlake of Ron de Cana Prods, Inc., "From On High" is about a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It was filmed and edited on location in Barcelona, Collsuspina and La Sala de Sant Llogari, Catalunya, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original score was ...

"Pooling" to have Catalan premiere with Girona International Film Festival!

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"Pooling" has been accepted to the 31st annual Girona International Film Festival in Girona, Catalunya, Spain for September 24-28, 2019. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "Pooling" features the dancing and choreography of Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of world-renowned, Barcelona-based Brodas Bros. It was filmed and edited by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original score was composed by Joan Arman Forero of Pra...

"Pooling" selected to San Gio Festival in Verona!

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"Pooling" has been accepted to the 25th annual San Gio Film Festival in Verona, Italy for July 23-27, 2019. Written, helmed and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "Pooling" features the dance and choreography of Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros. It was shot/edited and visual effects were done by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original score was composed by Joan Armand Forero of Praxiz. The opening and closing animated sequ...

"Pooling" accepted to MoitaMostra !

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"Pooling" has been accepted to tour rural Portugal with MoitaMostra out of Moita, Portugal from July 29-Aug 3, 2019. Written, helmed and produced by Dawn Westlake, "Pooling" features dancer/choreographer Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros. His older brother Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot, edited and did all visual effects. An original score was composed by Joan Armand Forero of Praxiz. The opening and closing animation was done in the Los Angeles area by Di...

"Pooling" to play Venice with Videoconcorso Francesco Pasinetti!

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"Pooling" has been accepted to Videoconcorso Francesco Pasinetti in Venice, Italy for June 3, 2019. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, and produced by her Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. shingle, "Pooling" is a hybrid short combining animation, breakdance, special effects and drone cinematography. The film features dancing and choreography by Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros. It was shot/edited and visual effects were done in Barcelona by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge ...

"Pooling" accepted to Cefalu!

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"Pooling" has been accepted to the Cefalu Film Festival in Palermo, Italy for June 2019. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, and produced by her Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. shingle, "Pooling" is a hybrid short combining animation, breakdance, special effects and drone cinematography. The film features dancing and choreography by Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros. It was shot/edited and visual effects were done in Barcelona by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. ...

Pooling accepted to Shorts@Fringe in the Azores!

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"Pooling" has been accepted into the Around the World section of Shorts@Fringe at the Azores Fringe Festival for June 2019. It will be projected on June 11th in Pico, June 15th in Ponta Delgada and in Faial on June 25th. http://mirateca.com/fringe/shortsfringe/default.aspx Conceived and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced by her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "Pooling" was filmed and edited in Barcelona by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. Choreography and dance ...

"Pooling" accepted to FAD Festival: Film-Art-Dance in North Carolina!

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"Pooling" has been accepted to FAD Festival: Film-Art-Dance in Cary, North Carolina, USA for May 19, 2019. The film may also tour with their FAD Collections series to K-12 schools in other cities of North Carolina, states in the US, and provinces in Canada. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "Pooling" features dancer/choreographer Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros. The film was shot/edited and special effects done by Pol Carrizo...

FROM ON HIGH to play Macedonia with Asterfest!

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FROM ON HIGH has been selected to Asterfest in Strumica, Macedonia for July 26-28, 2019. FROM ON HIGH has now been accepted to 50 festivals and has won 12 awards, in Italy (8), Brazil, the UK, France and the USA. The film tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It was written/helmed and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. shingle. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot and edited on location in the province of Catalunya, S...

"Pooling" to play Cuba!!

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"Pooling" is playing in a terrority new to Dawn Westlake & Ron de Cana Productions, Inc.! The hybrid breakdance/animation/visual effects film has been accepted into the 14th annual Festival Internacional de Videodanza in Havana, Cuba. This marks the first time work by Westlake will be shown in Cuba. "Pooling" was shot and edited in Barcelona, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. The film features his brother, Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of the world-renowned bre...

"Pooling" to play FerFilm Festival in Kosovo!

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"Pooling", a breakdance/animation/visual effects hybrid film by Dawn Westlake, was accepted to the FerFilm Festival in Ferizaj, Kosovo for April 2-6, 2019. "Pooling" features the dancing/choreography of Marc "Markitus" Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros. An original score was composed for the film by Joan Armand Forero of Praxis. While the film was shot/edited in Barcelona by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona, the opening and closing animation was done by Gris...

"From On High" wins PRIX DES LYCEENS at Festival Le Temps Presse!

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"From On High" has won the PRIX DES LYCEENS at the 2019 Festival Le Temps Presse held at the Cinema Publicis on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, France, January 29-February 1, 2019. The President of the Jury was Juliette Binoche. Other jurors were actresses Virginie Ledoyen and Melanie Thierry, astronaut Patrick Baudry, director Safy Nebbou, chef Thierry Marx, and explorer Jean-Michel Costeau. This is the 12th prize and 14th nomination for "From On High". The film is about a Syri...

FROM ON HIGH accepted to 50th festival!

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FROM ON HIGH has just been accepted to its 50th festival! It will play the Portobello Film Festival at The Muse, 269 Portobello Road in London, UK on December 8th at 6pm. Admission is free. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced by her Ron de Cana shingle, FROM ON HIGH tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. The film has won 11 awards, in the USA, the UK, Spain, Brazil, and 7 awards in Italy, including Best Cinematography for Pol Carrizo Vilarroig o...

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...

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