CAST & CREW
Dawn is president of Ron de Cana Prods.,Inc. in Los Angeles. This is her 14th short under her Ron de Cana banner. Her work has played on all 7 continents (yes, even Antarctica) and won 44 awards, including honors from Canon USA, Inc. and JVC-Tokyo. Dawn is also an actress/writer/producer and has been on the jury of the SediciCorto Film Fest in Forli, Italy and the ECU Film Festival in Paris, France. In January 2013, she directed the television series "Look Who's Stalking" for NBC Universal. It aired on the BIO Network in March-April 2013. She speaks English and Spanish fluently and is proficient in Italian and Portuguese. Dawn graduated first in her class with a B.S. degree in Radio-TV-Film from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She has been married for 24 years to Bruce Rheins, a producer and bureau chief for CBS News. www.dawnwestlake.com
Brandon is a filmmaker, video editor, photographer, and musician. Raised in Louisville, KY, Brandon began making movies with his father's video camera at an early age, which led to his pursuit of cinematic, visual, and musical arts. While attending the University of Louisville, he dropped out during his sophomore year to tour internationally and make records singing and playing guitar with a local rock band. After several years of playing music, Brandon returned to the university and received his BA in photography in 2005. Brandon now lives in Santa Monica, CA where he works as a freelance cinematographer, video editor, DIT, still photographer, as well as full-time with Industrial Color. www.brandonbondehagen.com
Gregory moved to Los Angeles from his native Philadelphia 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 enjoying a career in both film composition and screenwriting. Currently, he is splitting his time between Los Angeles and London 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.youtube.com/acousticlabs
Amanda graduated Magna cum Laude from the Savannah College of Art & Design with a B.F.A. in Film & Television and a minor in Sound Design. Even before graduating, she started working professionally as a production sound mixer on short films (non-student endeavors) and reality TV. Since 2008, she has lived in Los Angeles, CA and has continued to work freelance as both a sound mixer/boom op and a sound designer. http://amandabeggs.com/amandabeggs.com/home.html
Originally from England, Jo-Anne now lives and works full-time in Los Angeles. She is a trained dancer and toured nationally with the Jean Anne Ryan productions of “Fosse” and “42nd Street”. She had a recurring role as a tap dancing accountant on the Nickelodeon series “True Jackson VP” and often books voiceover work for commercials and animated films. Joannekrupa.com
Joey graduated from NYC's American Academy of Dramatic Arts and has spent his adult life performing and writing for stage, radio, tv and film. Chicagoans (and anyone with cable) recognize him as WGN-TV's “Bozo the Clown”, a role he played for 17 years, winning 5 Emmy Awards. Since returning to Los Angeles in 2001, Joey has kept very busy with numerous stage roles and voice over work. He also writes scripts for feature films, and live-action, as well as animated, television series. www.joeydauria.com
Emanuele was born in Sardinia, Italy, and has an eclectic professional education. His career started as a concert pianist; after graduating at the Conservatory of Music in Cagliari, his hometown, he continued piano training with Gyorgy Sandor from The Julliard School and later attended the Vienna Music Academy in Austria.
He has performed for President Bill Clinton and collaborated with legendary tenor Placido Domingo, after being invited by Maestro Domingo himself. After winning several national piano competitions in Italy, Emanuele steered his career toward acting.
He has worked in off-Broadway theatre, on TV serials like ABC's “Loving” and NBC's “Undercovers”, and he has been in films directed by Kuzuhiro Soda, Leslie Smith, Joe Bologna, and he had a supporting role opposite Tom Hanks in Ron Howard's “Angels & Demons”. Emanuele can be seen in cinemas this October (2012) alongside John Krasinski, Rosemary DeWitt, and Dylan McDermott in Lena Dunham's film “Nobody Walks” which won the 2012 U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Independent Film Producing at Sundance. Emanuele is now being seen in Italy in the Commercial Spot FASTWEB, with George Clooney. Emanuele Secci speaks several languages including fluent Italian, English, Spanish, German and French. www.emanuelesecci.com
Derek is the son of legendary Stuntman/Stunt Coordinator/2nd Unit Director Allan Graf. Derek was a back-up center for USC who actually had a key start in the 2002 Orange Bowl. After college, he went to work in the camera department for Panavision but left when his stunt career took off. He is constantly in demand for studio blockbusters. Most recently in theaters, he did stunts for ”Thor”, “The Three Stooges” (doubling Will Sasso), and Will Ferrell's “The Campaign”, to name a few. Coming out in 2013, he did stunts for many films, including “Gangster Squad” (starring Sean Penn) and “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” (starring Steve Carell). He also has an impressive TV resume, with stunt work on the shows “Bones” (doubling for Ben Davis), “Desperate Housewives”, “Lost”, “The Mentalist” and “Eagleheart”, to list just a handful.