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"terroir" wins BEST MUSIC VIDEO at RATMA Film Festival in the UK!

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"terroir" has won the Audience Award for BEST MUSIC VIDEO at the RATMA International Film Festival in Keighley, UK. Due to the Covid19 pandemic, the festival was held online this year, and the judging was also done online by the public over a two-week viewing period. "terroir" is a musical documentary about the mother-child relationship and how it can influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. Helmed, written and produced by Dawn West...

"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" 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...

"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 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...

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...

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 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...

Scrappy to tour 5 cities in Spain with CineMistica!

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"Scrappy" has been selected to the CineMistica Film Festival and will tour five cities in Spain with them from November 2-December 2, 2017. Helmed and adapted for the screen by Dawn Westlake, "Scrappy" is based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by her father, Donald G. Westlake. It deals with a young girl's courage in standing up to the gun culture in the USA. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot and edited in Pine Mountain and Los Angeles, CA,...

Scrappy to have Canadian premiere!

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"Scrappy" will have its Canadian premiere on November 4th at 2pm in the Silver Wave Film Festival in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake, "Scrappy" tells of a young girl's courage in standing up to the gun culture in the USA. "Scrappy" was helmed by Westlake's daughter, Dawn, and shot/edited by Imatge Barcelona's Pol Carrizo Vilarroig. It was scored by Gregory Johnson of Acou...

Scrappy presented in French...in Argentina!

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"Scrappy" will be presented in French as a nominee for the Concurso FIC ESMI, sponsored by the Alianza Francesa de Bellas Artes, at the Festival Internacional del Cortometraje FIC in Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 27, 2017. Based on the Studs Terkel Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake, "Scrappy" was adapted for the screen and helmed by Dawn Westlake. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot and edited and did visual effects. 2016 Peer Raben Music Award nominee...

Scrappy chosen for Maldito Festival de Videopoesia in Spain!

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"Scrappy" has been chosen along with just 14 other films to screen in the Maldito Festival de Videopoesia within the Abycine Festival from October 20-28, 2017 in Albacete, Spain. Adapted for the screen by director/producer Dawn Westlake, "Scrappy" is based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by her father, Donald G. Westlake, which recounts a real-life anecdote from his childhood about standing up to the gun culture in the USA. Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of Imatge ...

"Scrappy" nominated to FeSanCor in Chile!

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"Scrappy" is one of the international films nominated for an award in the 25th annual Festival Chileno de Cortometrajes (FeSanCor) in Santiago, Chile, September 25-October 2, 2017. Based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake, "Scrappy" tells the story of a child's courage in standing up to an adult who's having a momentary lapse in judgment. The poem was adapted to the screen by director/producer/writer Dawn Westlake of Ron de Cana P...

Scrappy is a finalist in Corti in Cortile!

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"Scrappy" is one of only 2 US films selected as finalists in the 9th edition of Corti in Cortile in Catania, Italy for September 22-24, 2017. Adapted for the screen by director Dawn Westlake, "Scrappy" is based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake. It recounts a real-life anecdote from Donald's childhood in rural Elburn, Illinois during the 1930s when he had to stand up to the gun culture in the USA to save the life of his little dog. &...

Scrappy selected to FerFilm Kosovo!

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"Scrappy" was selected to the 5th annual FerFilm Festival in Ferizaj, Kosovo for September 2-6, 2017. Helmed and adapted for the screen by Dawn Westlake, "Scrappy" is based on her father Donald G. Westlake's poem of the same name which won the Studs Terkel Humanities Award in 1999. It recounts a real-life anecdote from Westlake's childhood when he had to stand up to the gun culture in rural Illinois, during the 1930s. "Scrappy" introduces 5-yr-old actress N...

Scrappy to have South American premiere in Argentina!

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"Scrappy" has been selected to Invicines Film Festival in Cordoba, Argentina for September 6th, 2017. This is the South American premiere for "Scrappy". The film was helmed and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. shingle. It is based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by her father, Donald G. Westlake. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot the film on a C300 provided by Canon USA, Inc. He also edited and did VFX. The film...

"Scrappy" nominated for the Golden Urartu in Armenia!

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"Scrappy" has been selected to the Golden Urartu Festival in Ararat, Armenia for September 15th, 2017. Helmed by Dawn Westlake, "Scrappy" is based on the Studs Terkel Award-winning poem by her father, Donald G. Westlake. It recounts a real-life anecdote from his childhood when he had to stand up to the gun culture in the USA. "Scrappy" was filmed on location in Pine Mountain, CA, USA and at Masia Les Quingles in the mountains just to the north of Barcelona, Spain. ...

"Scrappy" to rep the USA at Porto7 Film Festival!

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"Scrappy" will have its Portuguese premiere and rep the USA in the Porto7 Film Festival in Porto, Portugal June 14-18, 2017. Porto is a special place for producer/director Dawn Westlake who made her very first film, "Mini Driver Project", in Porto in 2000. "Scrappy" is based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by the director's father, Donald G. Westlake. It recounts an anecdote from his childhood when he had to stand up to the gun culture in the ...

"Scrappy" to play Forte Sangallo in Tracce Filmografiche Film Festival!

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"Scrappy" has been selected to play the Tracce Filmografiche Film Festival held at Forte Sangallo in Nettuno (Rome), Italy from June 21-25, 2017. http://www.traccecinematografichefilmfest.it/traccecinematografichefilmfest/Home.html Helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by her father, Donald G. Westlake. It was shot in Pine Mountain, CA and Masia Les Quingles in Catalunya by Imatge Barcelona's Pol Carrizo Vilarroig. "Scra...

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