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Nomination and Award from Halicarnassus Film Festival in Turkey for Ron de Cana Productions!

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"Pooling" (2018) has won a Special Jury Prize for Most Creative and "terroir" (2019) was nominated Best Documentary at the Halicarnassus Film Festival in Bodrum, Turkey this week. Both films were helmed/written/produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle and shot/edited by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. Pol also did the considerable visual effects in both pieces. An original score for "Pooling" was composed by Joan Armand Forero ...

"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...

"Pooling" to play on Filmin with Choreoscope in September!

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"Pooling" will be presented on the Filmin Channel out of Spain with the Choreoscope Film Festival of Dance in Barcelona from September 14-28, 2020. The breakdance film conceived and directed by Dawn Westlake, starring Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros, and with an original score by Joan Armand Forero of Praxiz, was shot and edited in Barcelona by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. Pol also did the considerable visual effects work. The animated open and close of "Poolin...

"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" 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" 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" & "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" 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...

"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 ...

"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...

"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" accepted to Film Fest Weiterstadt!

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"Pooling" has been invited to screen at the 43rd annual Open Air Film Fest Weiterstadt in Germany, running August 8-12, 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 fame. Marc also collaborated with Joan Armand Forero of Praxiz to create an original hip hop score. The animated opening and closing sequences were produced by Dismas &...

"Pooling" WINS the Audience Award at Xsection!

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"Pooling" won the Audience Award at the Xsection Festival, celebrating the cross-section of dance, science and film, at the Arts at the Armory complex in Somerville, Massachusetts, USA on June 30th, 2019. This is the first award for this hybrid film, and the 69th award for its director/producer, Dawn Westlake, under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle. "Pooling" features the breakdance and choreography of Marc "Markitus" Carrizo Vilarroig of the world-renowned Brod...

"Pooling" to play 42nd Elche International Film Festival in Spain!

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"Pooling" has been selected to the 42nd annual Elche International Independent Film Festival in Elche (Alicante), Spain for July 19-26, 2019. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "Pooling" is a hybrid breakdance, animation, visual effects film with an original score by Valencia-based Joan Armand Forero of Praxiz. The film was shot/edited in Barcelona by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona, who also did visual effec...

"Pooling" selected to Xsection Film Festival!

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"Pooling" has been accepted to Xsection Film Festival of science and dance in Watertown, MA, USA for June 30, 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 opening and closing animation was done by Dismas and GrissyG Lizarraga of GrisDismation. An original score was composed by Joan Armand Forero of Praxiz. "Pooling" was f...

"Pooling" to play Palma!

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"Pooling" has been invited to screen with Festival de Videodanza de Palma in Palma de Mallorca, Spain for October 2019. Filmed and edited in Barcelona by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona, "Pooling" was conceived and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle. "Pooling" features the dance and choreography of Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros. Opening and closing animated sequences were done by Dismas & GrissyG Liza...

"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...

"Pooling" to play Golden Sneakers Int'l Hip Hop Festival!

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"Pooling" has been accepted to the 2019 Golden Sneakers International Hip Hop Film Festival in Hamburg, Germany for June 21-22, 2019. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. banner, "Pooling" features the breakdancing and choreography of Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros. Joan Armand Forero of Praxiz composed an original score under Marc's supervision. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot and edited and did special ...

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