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“I loved this film. The performances are fantastic, and it’s a very well-written and intriguing story.”—J. Randy Taraborrelli, best-selling author of celebrity biographies (Michael Jackson: The Magic, The Madness, the Whole Story, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, and 15 others…), Encino, CA

"I very much enjoyed this film's storybook quality. I liked those ants, too."--David Sedaris, best-selling author and winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor (Me Talk Pretty One Day), and multiple-Grammy Award nominee, Paris, France

“In ‘A.L.I.C.E.’, I saw a metaphorical film about remembrance and how the human brain works. It had great absurd, experimental and ironic elements. You created a fascinating, surreal atmosphere in this cool landscape with a strange ‘passion triangle’. I loved the fine voiceover narration, and of course, the great last (trick) shot!! The quality of this film is amazing.”—Evi Goldbrunner, award-winning director, “I Don’t Feel Like Dancing”, Potsdam, Germany

“BRAVA! I just saw the film three times. The subject matter is approached beautifully and perfectly displays the power of love and fear. It reminded me of ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ and ‘The Seduction’.”—Marvin Thornton, choreographer for J.Lo, The Pussy Cat Dolls, etc., Los Angeles, CA

“What a great film. It has a bit of everything: superb locations, great cast, slick production values, and a neat story. “—Phil Lepherd, director/editor, Chop! Productions, London, UK

“The cinematography in ‘A.L.I.C.E.’ is great! I also love the sensibility you put into your films. You’ve definitely developed your own style, and it’s well reflected in your films. I really enjoyed the twist at the end, and the story was tight. There was a good flow in the direction, and I enjoyed the narration! Great acting as well! Overall, awesome job!”—Jeff Chiba Stearns, Audience Award winner, 2009 Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival, France for “Yellow Sticky Notes”, Meditating Bunny Studio, Inc., Vancouver, BC, Canada

“Dawn, creo que es tu mejor corto. Me ha gustado mucho, y toda la parte final me ha emocionado. Las interpretaciones, la música, la voz en off, el guión, la dirección, creo que todo está francamente muy bien. El corto tiene un tono triste, a veces seco pero siempre con una ternura y una humanidad muy grandes”—Txema Muñoz, programmer, Kimuak, Filmoteca Vasca, San Sebastián, Spain

“From the moment the film begins, the viewer is treated to rich, stunning visuals. A strumming guitar sets the stage for the desert surroundings. ‘A.L.I.C.E.’ grips the audience via music, dialogue, and nuance as a husband and his young wife cope with the onset of Alzheimer's and the presence of an attractive new young man who enters their lives. The tale is told in approximately fifteen short minutes, but might leave you thinking for decades. Westlake has a gift for delving into tricky human emotions that are appropriate not only for the characters, but also all humanity.”—Christine Pollock, Suite101, Houghton, NY

"What impressed me most about 'A.L.I.C.E.' was its brevity; your ability to tell a story about a serious issue with economy and clarity without cutting corners. It's a great film. You should be very proud."--Terry Staunton, film and music critic, co-founder of Uncut Magazine, London, UK

"The new edition of the Gold Lion dawns, and thus, we are delighted to continue hosting our favourite dawn, and your new film, 'A.L.I.C.E.', as an Official Selection for the 2011 festival. We have had previous stories about Alzheimer's, and the selection committee likes your clever viewpoint (i.e. don't count anyone out just yet!). It's a good script with strong technical credits and beautiful locations. You also found another story to showcase your acting talents. Congratulations, and thank you for sharing your work with an African audience."--James Hall, Director of the Gold Lion Film Festival, Manzini, Swaziland

"'A.L.I.C.E.' was a personal favourite of mine and the audience was really amazed by it as well. Thank you ever so much for allowing us to screen your film, and I look forward to watching more of your films in the future."--Irwin Law, Director of the International Vientianale Film Festival, Vientiane, Laos

"There are thrifty indie filmmakers who have mastered the art of making a dollar out of $0.15; Dawn Westlake, producer of 'A.L.I.C.E' among other titles, seems to grasp the financial aspect of indie filmmaking. In this quarter-hour short, Dawn Westlake masterfully utilized minimal resources, and in turn, created a dramatically intense film about a woman, burdened by her Alzheimer-inflicted husband, that acquires a new sense of vitality with the arrival of a young rockhound."--Alex Radcliffe, excerpt from "SAG: How Indie Filmmakers Can Avoid Breaking the Bank", BigStar Blog, 6/6/2011