Dawn Westlake
director—producer—concept creator

Dawn is president of Ron de Cana Prods., Inc. in Los Angeles. This is her 20th short under her Ron de Cana banner. Her work has played on all 7 continents (yes, even Antarctica) and won 66 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, the ECU Film Festival in Paris, France, the Chicago Shorts Film Fest jury in Chicago, Illinois and the Red Rock Film Fest pre-selection committee in Moab, Utah. 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 29 years to Bruce Rheins, a retired producer and bureau chief for CBS News. In 2013, she directed “Look Who’s Stalking”, a series for the BIO Network at NBCUniversal in Los Angeles. It aired in March & April 2013. Dawn has been honored with retrospectives of her work in London, Rimini (Italy), and at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, California.
www.dawnwestlake.com

Markitus
dancer—choreographer

Marc Carrizo Vilarroig ("Markitus") is a young artist from Barcelona, born in 1994. His stage name comes from being a professional dancer early in life, plus the fact that there’s usually such an age difference between him and his colleagues. Markitus literally means: Marc, the little one. Markitus started his career at just 12 years of age, taking classes at the Varium School of Movement in Barcelona from his future Brodas Bros colleagues, Clara and Berta Pons, and Pol and Lluc Fruitós, among others.
In a short time, he was already dancing in the Brodas Junior troupe. This was a very important part of his formation, as he learned not only how to dance, but good professional values and how to share the stage. Never wanting to limit himself, in 2015 he also studied Modern Dance to open himself up to other creative expressions within dance.
With his colleague Nil Fruitós, he directed a group of young dancers called Varium Kids from 2010-2015. At just 18 years of age, he directed his own mainstage show with Cía Semàfor, along with Nil Fruitós and stage/TV/film actor and Gaudi-recipient, Oriol Pla.
Markitus is now recognized as a representative of the hip hop culture in Spain and the world.He’s traveled the globe, performing in Germany, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Holland, England, Belgium, France, Japan, China; and in the United States, in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.
In competition, he’s won First Place in the BCN Top Styles, Volumes 1, 3 and 5; First Place in the world championship SDK in the Czech Republic; and, he was invited to represent Spain in the global competition Pay The Cost to Be the Boss, held in Paris. He’s worked on many television shows and performed in commercials for Coca-Cola, Insuperables, and Matins de TV3.
Since he was 20, Markitus has been collaborating with the internationally-known dance company Brodas Brothers in stage shows, on tour, and in competition. This young dancer plans to continue to enjoy dancing, and take full advantage of this time in his life to train, travel and share dance around the world to the best of his abilities!

Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig
dp-editor-vfx

Born and raised in Barcelona, Pol has always been fascinated with all things audiovisual. In 2008, he completed studies in 35mm photography, and then immediately entered film school where he majored in digital photography, television and film. While still in school, he began producing personal and professional projects and graduated from an advanced course in sound mixing with superior grades. Pol continues to expand his knowledge in all aspects of filmmaking using Adobe After Effects, DaVinci Resolve, and Cinema 4D and incorporating them into his workflow. While in film school, he had an internship with Barcelona TV, working in the departments of sound, camera, and as an assistant in ENG (electronic news gathering). As a freelancer, he works on still photography and video projects for private citizens and large corporations and collaborates with renowned artists like Jaume Pitarch. The majority of his work is in his hometown of Barcelona, but he’s also worked in other parts of Spain, and on location in France, England, and the United States. Pol won the Carpine d’Argento BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY award in Visciano, Italy in 2018 for “From On High”, a 2017 short film by director Dawn Westlake. Pol has also traveled and photographed extensively in South America, Asia, and Africa. Even on personal journeys, he’s never without his camera. With Andrea Perez Maldonado, Pol is a founding partner in Imatge Barcelona, a production company dedicated to cinematic and still photography. http://imatgebarcelona.com/inici/

Dismas and GrissyG—Grisdismation
animators

GrisDismation is an independent studio representing the creative works of Artists/Animators/Authors/Actors, Dismas and GrissyG. Since 2003 GrisDismation has been producing short animations, art, and books that entertain, inspire and fascinate. They have also done animation, storyboard, animatics and various creative work for other independent producers, production companies, businesses, artists, etc. With their knowledge and expertise on Belizean Mythology and Art, they have presented their art and animations to universities, colleges and primary schools in the US and abroad since 2004. With their daughter Nefertina, and family dog, Kong, they were the stars of Dawn Westlake’s multiple award-winning 2016 short film, “Scrappy”.

Joan Armand Forero
musical theme

Joan Armand Forero is an musical artist and producer from Barcelona whose roots are based in hip hop, soul and funk. Although formally trained since early childhood in classical music at the Conservatorio Municipal de Barcelona, with a concentration in violin and viola, he discovered that he could best express himself musically through hip hop, eventually forming the band Praxiz. The band gained popularity immediately with their first album, released in 2008 (which was produced by Joan Armand). In that same year, they were named Best New Discovery by MTV and played all the top music festivals in Spain. Outside of his work with Praxiz, Joan Armand has worked as a producer for various musical groups with differing styles. He’s also well-known for his work with dance troupes throughout Spain, and he collaborates regularly with the Barcelona-based urban dance company Brodas Bros. He’s also produced soundtracks for animated series like “Archivo Cero” (“The Zero File”).