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DOTTIE: THE LITTLE GIRL WITH THE BIG VOICE

Play Mates: Cast and Crew

I must introduce you to the wonderful cast and crew who made my world come alive!

Dawn Westlake—writer/producer/director/Dottie & Curator

Dawn is President of Ron de Caña Productions, Inc. in Los Angeles, California. She is a graduate with honor of Northwestern University’s Radio-TV-Film program and winner of the university’s Richter Scholarship for a thesis she wrote on TV3, Televisió de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain ). She won the Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for a televised interview with former President Jimmy Carter on the subject of international human rights violations. She's made 6 short films in the U.S. and Portugal since 2000 which have played in hundreds of venues on every continent and which have won a total of 34 international prizes.


Tom & Joel Moser—animation directors

Thomas and Joel Moser told their first stories at an early age. Their shared bedroom in the small town of Moultrie, Georgia served as a studio and housed their tools - an electric typewriter, a tape recorder, and a video camera. The stars of the early work included Star Wars figures, furniture, and of course the young filmmakers themselves. Today, the Moser Brothers continue writing and making movies, having traded the typewriter for screenwriting software, the tape recorder and video camera for digital editing equipment, and the action figures for real actors. However, the same childhood love for storytelling remains. Thomas and Joel currently work as directors of animation and live action. Their recent work includes content for the web, television, and film for clients from VH1 to Revolution Studios. Among their credits are the Annie-nominated series "Bill Bilkman", and the half-hour comedy series "Camp Chaos". A recent live action project, "The Fountain", recently won the Director's View Film Festival and is set to screen at the Newport Beach Film Festival, the Nashville Film Festival, and the San Diego Film Festival, as well as several other festivals around the country. The Brothers are currently developing projects for TV and film. They just won the 48Hour Film Project for their live action short "The Pitch", and have been named "Filmmakers to Watch" by IFILMpro. You can visit their website here.

Tamara C. Bick—Mrs. McGoogle/Mom/Paramedic #2

A native of Toronto, Tamara has worked at Shaw Festival, with Wild Pig Theatre, Tarragon Theatre and the Second City Mainstage Company where she created and performed in two award-winning shows. She was also a regular on "Morningside" on CBC Radio. Since moving to Los Angeles, she's done some televison including a series regular role on "Men Behaving Badly" and guesting on "Seinfeld" (as George's girlfriend Louise), "Then Came You" and "Two Guys and a Girl". She spent the Summer of 2003 on stage in England and Scotland.

Conrad Cimarra—Brenda/Stationmaster/Paramedic #1

Raised in the Bay Area, Conrad was trained at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and was also a member of the Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe where he acted, taught, wrote, directed and did set design before moving to Los Angeles. He recently finished working again with the San Francisco Mime Troupe in the crtically-acclaimed 1600 Transylvania Avenue. He often performs around the United States with Aspects a series of dramatic monologues about racism and tolerance, which is produced by Will & Co. Also with Will & Co., he played Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, which garnered him critical praise from The Los Angeles Times, The L.A. Weekly and Backstage West. Other classical roles with noted Bay Area theatre companies such as San José Stage Company, San José Repertory and Theatre Works include Caliban in The Tempest, Malcolm in Macbeth, Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Costard in Love's Labour's Lost. As a performer, Conrad has appeared on stage at The Kennedy Center and has toured the continental United States, Alaska, Russia, and Japan. He also works in the film and television industry. He has appeared in commercials and TV shows such as "JAG" and "Judging Amy". He can be seen in Celestial Pictures' "The Debut", directed by Gene Cajayon. His other film credits include Anita Weiner's critically acclaimed short "The Rhumba Lesson", and again as Mercutio in "Romeo and Juliet" - with Mystery Men's Kel Mitchell. He recently finished working on the film "Outcasts" for Anomaly Films. You can visit his personal website here.

David RazowskyCharlie/Dad/Museum Guard

A Chicagoan, born and raised, David is the Artistic Director of the Second City Los Angeles, the LA satellite of Chicago’s venerable comedy venue. David has written and performed in ten Second City Chicago revues, as well as having directed Second City LA’s, Encino Evil, The Second City Untitled Project, Second City Detroit's acclaimed 19th Nervous Breakdown, and The Second City National Touring Company. He directed and co-wrote Amsterdam’s Boom Chicago Theatre's critically acclaimed production Live at the Leidseplein - Your Privacy is Our Business, the Netherlands’s most popular show of last year. He is a member of the world famous Reduced Shakespeare Company, and recently performed a wildly successful run of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged at the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. David performs with his writing partner, Tamara Bick, and just showcased their hilarious material for Fox Entertainment’s Area 51 space in LA. He is the voice of Dixon, the world’s coolest adult, in ABC’s animated series, "The Weekenders".

Bruce Rheins--Narrator

Bruce is a producer for "The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather", based in the Los Angeles bureau. Assignments have taken him all over the globe, from Minnesota to Antarctica and Montana to Fiji! Before moving to Los Angeles, Bruce was an Emmy Award-winning producer for KGO-TV (an ABC O&O) in San Francisco. In Chicago, he won 5 Emmys, 1 UPI and 2 AP awards as a field producer, working closely with legendary broadcast journalists Max Robinson, Ron Magers and Carol Marin at WMAQ-TV (a NBC O&O). He's also worked in New York with Joan Lunden for ABC Entertainment's "Good Morning America ". Bruce had a 3.5-month stint in Kuwait and Iraq , covering the war for CBS News in 2003. In 2007, he won a Genesis Award from the Humane Society of the U.S. for a report on the brown bears of McNeil River, Alaska.

Florence Westlake—opening & closing theme music

Florence was the producer’s grandmother. Sadly, she passed away at age 93 in 1998. Before raising three children and working as the Congregational Church organist in Elburn, IL for 40 years, Florence accompanied the silent films with ragtime and improvisational piano music at theatres in her area. She rarely got to preview the reels and had to play music to set the tone of the scene by the seat of her pants! The music heard in this film was recorded during a practice session for a performance at the producer’s wedding in 1989. (The applause at the end is Florence’s son, Donald Westlake, the producer’s father, who taped the practice session.)

 

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