This is Dawn’s eighth 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 39 international awards, played in hundreds of venues around the world, and which have been translated into Polish, Turkish, Japanese, Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Spanish, Italian & French. Her first seven films have been packaged as the DVD compilation “Seven & Seven” which is available on amazon.com and filmbaby.com. 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 first short MINI DRIVER PROJECT, made in Portugal in 2000. She won a JVC Award for personal expression from JVC-Tokyo in 2005 for THE PAWN. 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 first in her class with a B.S. with honors in Radio-TV-Film from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. www.dawnwestlake.com
The Moser Brothers
Thomas and Joel Moser have been making films since they were kids in the small town of Moultrie, Georgia. This is their seventh 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 and seventh films, GOD’S GOOD PLEASURE and 68˚& CLEAR. 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 were also animators on “Kung Fu Jimmy Chow” an anime series on Heavy.com. They made the live-action feature film LOST MISSION in 2006. www.moserbrothers.com
David is a co-founder of Chicago’s Annoyance Theatre, and he was a cast member of ten Second City revues where he created and performed material with Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello and Jeff Garlin, among countless others. David is an adjunct faculty member of California State University and was Artistic Director of Second City Los Angeles for 8 years. He worked with Steppenwolf Theatre in 2005 on BALM IN GILEAD for the California State Summer Arts Festival and again in July 2008. David directed two of the Amsterdam-based Boom Chicago Theatre productions, which were remounted for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the Los Angeles premiere of HELLCAB at the Hudson Theatre. He also directed WHAT’S WRONG WITH GETTING LAID and DAIRY FARM for The Comedy Central Stage at the Hudson.
Gregory moved to Los Angeles from his native Philadelphia six years ago after winning a screenplay award for his feature script “Shredding Steel” in late 2001. Greg is one of a new breed of finger-style guitar players that have been redefining the acoustic guitar--how it's played and the sounds it can make. Greg is now laying the groundwork for a career in both film composition and screenwriting. Currently, he is splitting his time between Los Angeles and Sydney, Australia where he is writing an animation project and several feature projects with FX directors for Warner Bros. He won the award for Best Score on Dawn Westlake’s A LIFE OF DEATH at the Inventaunfilm Festival, Lenola, Italy in May 2006. www.gregoryjohnson.org
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 popular bi-weekly column that appeared on oncology.com and MSNBC.com. She is currently working on a collection of essays and her short film script, “French Kissing”, based on a chapter of her memoir, is garnering recognition by screenplay competitions across the country. Rebecca also writes marketing and public relations documents for a wide variety of clients and maintains a massage therapy practice in Montrose, CA.