Dawn Westlake
(director/producer/writer/Woman)
The Moser Brothers
(cinematography/editing/titles)

Jason Luckett
(original music/Himself/
Assistant Producer)
Myles Stephens
(Kid)
John Neisler
(Cop)
Warren A. Watkins
(Granpa)
Rebecca Gifford
(Assistant Producer)

Dawn Westlake
(director/producer/writer/Woman)

This is Dawn’s seventh short under her Ron de Caña Prods., Inc. banner. Since 2000, she’s made short films in the U.S. and Portugal which have won 38 international awards, played in hundreds of venues around the world, and which have been translated into Polish, Turkish, Japanese, Chinese, Farsi, Spanish, Italian & French. Three of her films form an anti-war trilogy: THE PAWN, a drama, A LIFE OF DEATH, a short doc, and THOROUGHLY MODERN MILI, a comedy.  Dawn received the Mark of Excellence from the Society of Professional Journalists for a televised interview in Chicago with Jimmy Carter on human rights violations in 1987 and was named a Platinum Filmmaker by Canon, USA in Dec. 2002 for her short MINI DRIVER PROJECT, made in Portugal in 2000. She won a JVC Award for personal expression from JVC-Tokyo in 2005. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband of 19 years, Bruce Rheins, Deputy Bureau Chief of CBS News-LA and a producer for “The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric”. Dawn graduated with a B.S. with honors in Radio-TV-Film from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. www.dawnwestlake.com

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The Moser Brothers
(cinematography/editing/titles)

Thomas and Joel Moser have been making films since they were kids in the small town of Moultrie, GA. This is their sixth project with Ron de Caña Prods.,Inc. They first collaborated with Dawn Westlake as animation directors on her film DOTTIE: THE LITTLE GIRL WITH THE BIG VOICE (2002). They were also the editors/graphic designers on her anti-war comedy, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILI, and editors/animators on her short doc, A LIFE OF DEATH. They directed, shot and edited her fifth film, THE PAWN, for which they’ve won Directors’ Awards and a cinematography prize. They shot and edited her sixth film, GOD’S GOOD PLEASURE. They’ve been named “Filmmakers to Watch” by ifilm.com for their award-winning, live-action short, THE FOUNTAIN, and they won awards in three categories for their 48-hour Film Project, THE PITCH, including ‘Best Directors’ and ‘Best Film’. They were animators on the second season of VH-1’s “Ill-ustrated”, and on the feature film FIRE DOG (2006). They are also currently animators on “Ku Fu Jimmy Chow” an anime series on Heavy.com.  They made the live-action feature film LOST MISSION in 2006. www.moserbrothers.com

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Jason Luckett
(original music/Himself/Assistant Producer)

Jason Luckett is a singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles.  His sound is an organic mixture of passion and peace, influenced by Bob Dylan, Curtis Mayfield, and The Smiths, Jason’s sixth album, Adjusted Expectations, Vol. 1 (of 3), What is Reasonable? was completed on August 1, 2006.

Jason was born in Hawaii, with roots in Mississippi and Maine, but he spent most of his childhood in Irvine, California.  His father schooled him on jazz and soul beginning at the age of one, and seven years later, Jason was writing songs on his first guitar. After graduating from UCLA, and working in the A&R Departments of a few indie and major labels, Jason himself was scouted as an artist for EMI Music Publishing.  He was then recruited as a baby artist into a management stable with the likes of Michael Jackson, Dolly Parton, and Neil Diamond...yeah, he thinks it’s bizarre, too.

Jason’s music mixes views on love and politics with humor, personal insight, and left-field pop references in a quest for truth and grounding.

Jason has toured the US and Europe regularly, in clubs, pubs and theaters, while also performing consistently at poetry venues as a featured artist and musician.  In 2005, he played for 120,000 people at Glastonbury Festival (UK) along with performers such as Coldplay, the White Stripes, Steve Earle, Bright Eyes, and Billy Bragg.  He also composed the score for a short film, PNOK, featuring Danny Glover, Elle Fanning, Robert Ri’chard, and Irma P Hall.   PNOK was a featured selection in the 2006 Nashville Film Festival. In Jason’s free time he has worked with youth programs through the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) and Shakespeare Festival Los Angeles, mentoring teenagers in music and creating original music for theatrical outreach programs.

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Myles Stephens
(Kid)

Myles is an eighth grader at Crossroads School in Santa Monica.  He’d like to follow Crossroads alumnus Baron Davis into the NBA.  In June 2007, he graduated at the top of his class from Page Private School where he also received awards for leadership, public speaking, and athleticism/sportsmanship.  When not studying, Myles works as a ball boy for the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center.  He also enjoys writing/listening to music. Myles makes his theatrical debut in this film.

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John Neisler
(Cop)

John is a recent émigré to Los Angeles from his native Chicago. Since arriving, he’s been cast in many award-winning short films, including “Jack Slash”, “Fairies”, “15-40, “The Object”, and “The Job”.  On stage, he’s appeared as Tom/Tom Sr. in the British premiere of “Reckless” at the Edinburgh International Festival, and in  “Aristocrats” at Huntington Theatre in Boston.  Regionally, he has appeared at theatres in Austin, Chicago, and LA, most recently in “Bug” with Lost Angels Theatre at Coast Playhouse in Hollywood. In July 2008, John acted with Richard Dreyfuss in Oliver Stone's feature film "W."

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Warren A. Watkins
(Granpa)

Originally from Chicago, and currently residing in Fountain Valley, CA, Warren had a successful career in engineering for major automotive manufacturers that lasted 35 years. After retirement Warren studied acting at the Actor’s Studio of Huntington Beach and South Coast Repertory. Warren’s acting credits include stage, independent films, print ads , commercials & television. Warren’s most notable work has been TV’s "My Name Is Earl","Mind of Mencia ", and a Comedy Central pilot opposite "Mad TV"'s Bobby Lee. He's also done print ads for Good Guys & Toshiba, and commercials for Titlest Golf, Citgo Petroleum, & the USA Network. Warren was also featured in Eddie Murphy’s DADDY DAY CARE. Warren and his wife Anita have three sons and four grandchildren. Warren is represented by the Bonnie Black Talent & Literary Agency.

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Rebecca Gifford
(Assistant Producer)

Rebecca is a writer and massage therapist living outside of Los Angeles. Though born in Ohio, she has lived all over the country and brings that eclectic sensibility and appreciation of diversity to her writing, and her life. Her memoir, Cancer Happens: Coming of Age with Cancer, was published in 2003 as a follow-up to her bi-weekly column that appeared on oncology.com and MSNBC.com. She continues to give back to the cancer community by speaking at fundraisers and survivorship events across the country and serving as a grant reviewer for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. She is currently working on a nonfiction manuscript, as well as a short film screenplay based on portions of her memoir. She also regularly develops public relations and marketing documents for a wide variety of clients and is building a massage therapy practice in La Crescenta, CA. 68° & CLEAR is her first foray into the world of filmmaking, but she hopes it will not be her last.

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