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"terroir" selected to International Portrait Film Festival in Bulgaria!

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"terroir" has been accepted to the International Portrait Film Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria for November 15-25, 2020. "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 Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "terroir" was filmed in Wheaton & Peru, IL USA, Font Romeu, France and Vilafranca del Pen...

"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 on Gran Canaria with SREC Gran Angular Film Festival!

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"terroir" has been accepted to the 16th annual SREC Gran Angular Film Festival on Gran Canaria, Spain out of 400 entries from 30 countries. The festival will run from November 7-13, 2020. "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 Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "terroir" was filmed i...

"terroir" a finalist for Best Music Video at RATMA Film Festival!

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"terroir" is a finalist for Best Music Video in the 2020 RATMA Film Festival out of Keighley, UK. Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the festival is running online October 10-24, 2020, and the public will determine the winners. To watch "terroir" and vote: https://www.ratmafilmfestival.com/music "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...

Venice TV Award 2020 announces winners across 16 categories

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Two weeks after the Venice Film Festival, international jurors met in Venice for the annual Venice TV Award. The event, which is supported by the International Music + Media Centre [IMZ], the European Group of Television Advertising [egta], and the Association of Commercial TV [ACT], awards the year´s television masterpieces and underlines the continued – and growing – global appeal of TV. Even in turbulent times TV shows keep us informed, entertained, comforted and connect...

"terroir" selected to FerFilm Festival in Kosovo!

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"terroir" has been selected to FerFilm Festival in Ferizaj, Kosovo for October 2-6, 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 & Peru, IL USA, Font Romeu, France and Vila...

"terroir" up for a Weimar Poetry Award!

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"terroir" is competing for a Weimar Poetry Award in the Women in Resistance category at the International Poetry Film Festival of Thuringia in Germany, October 22-25, 2020. Due to the COVID19 pandemic, the festival will be held online. "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 C...

"From On High" wins SPECIAL JURY AWARD at Sacrae Scenae Film Festival!

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"From On High" has won the Special Jury Award at the 2020 Sacrae Scenae Film Festival in Ardesio, Italy on August 30, 2020. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, FROM ON HIGH tells the story of a Syrian girl who finds a better life in Europe. This is the 13th award for FROM ON HIGH and the 82nd award for films produced by Westlake's Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. shingle since 2000. The jury's reasoning behind the award: "From On High/Dawn Westlake/8"/USA: This extreme...

"terroir" wins BEST DOCUMENTARY at Festival Pasinetti in Venice!

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"terroir" has won the BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD at the 2020 Festival Pasinetti in Venice, Italy. The award will be presented on September 11th, 2020 during the Biennale. "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 o...

"terroir" to have Portuguese premiere with Arouca Film Festival!

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"terroir" will have its Portuguese premiere with the 18th annual Arouca Film Festival in Arouca, Portugal from September 10-19, 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 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 rep the US in the Lucania Film Festival

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"terroir" will represent the US in the 21st annual Lucania Film Festival in Pisticci, Italy, August 7-9, 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 & Peru, IL U...

"terroir" wins BEST MUSIC VIDEO at Madras International Film Festival

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"terroir" has won the BEST MUSIC VIDEO award at the monthly Madras International Film Festival in Chennai, India in July 2020. This win secures a berth for the film at the festival to be held in Chennai in person in 2021. (In person screenings have been postponed for 2020 due to the global COVID19 pandemic.) Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "terroir" is about how the mother-child relationship can influence our percept...

"Touch" wins BEST DOCUMENTARY at Diogenes 2020: Stay Home & Make Movie Festival

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 "Touch" has won the BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD at the Diogenes 2020: Stay Home & Make Movie Festival out of Tbilisi, Georgia on July 3, 2020. Written and presented by 91-yr-old retired metallurgist and poet Donald G. Westlake, the film was directed/edited by his daughter Dawn Westlake, as they were both self-isolating during the COVID19 pandemic, 2001 miles apart. Westlake used family films going back to the early 1900s to illustrate her father's story about the importance of...

"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" 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" & "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...

"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" 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 ...

"Pooling" to play the Canary Islands with San Rafael en Corto

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"Pooling" has been accepted to the San Rafael en Corto Film Festival on Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain for November 2-8, 2019. Written/helmed/produced by Dawn Westlake and her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "Pooling" features the dance and choreography of Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros. The film was shot and edited and effects were done by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original musical score was composed by Joan Armand Forero of Praxiz. The openi...

"Pooling" needs YOUR vote for the Audience Award in Guadalajara, Mexico!

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"Pooling" has been accepted to Donde Pongo El Ojo Pongo La Danza Film Fest in Guadalajara, Mexico for October 23-27! They also have an online component where we can win the Audience Award. Would you click on this link and pass it on to friends? You just have to give it a "like" (thumbs up icon) under the screen. It's just 4 mins. https://youtu.be/iTyaJjB7p4k   Thanks so much! Dawn Westlake Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. Los Angeles, CA USA &nb...

"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...

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