|CAST AND CREW|
This is Dawn’s twelfth short under her Ron de Caña Prods., Inc. banner. Since 2000, she’s made 16 short films in the U.S., Portugal, Spain and France which have won 46 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 at https://rondecana.selz.com . Six of her films are represented for international broadcast by Ouat Media-Toronto. 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 26 years, Bruce Rheins, Deputy Bureau Chief of CBS News-LA and a producer for “The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley”. 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
Born in 1977, Francesco Uboldi lives in Milan (Italy). He studied in Virginia (USA) and majored in Communications at the University of Bologna (Italy). There, he founded a media lab dedicated to online productions, where, after his theoretical studies, he began working with digital video. Now, he also teaches at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of Milan (IULM), in the field of new media and video. As an independent filmmaker, he’s made shorts and documentaries that have played all over the world and won numerous international awards, with some having been featured on CURRENT TV. www.francescouboldi.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
Born and raised in Bilbao, Spain, Aketza has recently relocated to Los Angeles from London. He was a VJ for MTV-Europe, starred in TV movies and soap operas for RAI-TV (Italy), and in situation comedies and episodic TV for several national networks in Spain. Aketza is fluent in Spanish, Basque, English, Italian, and French.
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. He also directed WHAT’S WRONG WITH GETTING LAID and DAIRY FARM for The Comedy Central Stage at the Hudson. David is the recipient of the 2010 INNY Award for Best Improv Coach. www.davidrazowsky.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 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.youtube.com/acousticlabs
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 Portland, Oregon where he currently works as a freelance video editor, DIT, and photographer. He works primarily with the RED ONE and Canon HDSLR cameras. www.brandonbondehagen.com
Fred is a professional sound mixer living in Southern CA. Specializing in film and television, recent clients include ABC News (GMA) and VH-1 (Rikki Lake, Ochocinco, Ray J). Recent indie features include “Four-Faced Liar” and “But, Beautiful”, starring Chris Messina and Marin Ireland. When not on set, you can find Fred walking his bulldog or surfing the California coast. In 2015, he was nominated for an Emmy Award for sound recording on a HBO Foo Fighters documentary.