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News about new short film releases from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc.


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"Scrappy" wins another Zebrino during Berlin leg of Zebra Fest!

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"Scrappy", based on the poem by Donald G. Westlake, has won another Zebrino Award at the Berlin leg of the Zebra Poetry Film Festival on December 7, 2018. "Scrappy" also won the Zebrino at the Munster-based Zebra Poetry Film Festival back on September 30, 2018. "Scrappy" was helmed and produced by Donald Westlake's daughter, Dawn, who also adapted the original poem for the screen. The film was shot on location in Pine Mountain, California, USA by Pol Carrizo Vil...

POOLING accepted to fifth festival...Kinetoscope International Screendance Festival!

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POOLING (2018/USA-Spain/4:05) has been invited to the Kinetoscope International Screendance Festival in Missoula, Montana, USA for January 2019. The film will play 4 times over two days. Written, helmed and produced by Dawn Westlake through her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, POOLING features Marc Carrizo Vilarroig ("Markitus"), a Barcelona-based breakdancer who works all over the world with the internationally-renowned troupe Brodas Bros. The film was shot, edited and visual effects ...

FROM ON HIGH accepted to 50th festival!

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FROM ON HIGH has just been accepted to its 50th festival! It will play the Portobello Film Festival at The Muse, 269 Portobello Road in London, UK on December 8th at 6pm. Admission is free. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced by her Ron de Cana shingle, FROM ON HIGH tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. The film has won 11 awards, in the USA, the UK, Spain, Brazil, and 7 awards in Italy, including Best Cinematography for Pol Carrizo Vilarroig o...

FROM ON HIGH to have Asian Premiere with 16th Kalpanirjhar International Short Fiction Film Festival!

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FROM ON HIGH will have its Asian premiere with 16th Kalpanirjhar International Short Fiction Film Festival in Kolkata, India December 4-8, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced by her Ron de Cana Productions, Inc., FROM ON HIGH tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. The film was shot and edited on location in Barcelona, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona in 2017. An original score was composed by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. F...

POOLING invited to play Dunedin International Film Festival!

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POOLING, a brand new hybrid breakdance/animation/visual effects film from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. has been accepted to the Dance Section of the 2019 Dunedin International Film Festival in Dunedin, Florida, USA for January. Choreographed and starring Marc Carrizo Vilarroig ("Markitus"), POOLING was shot in Castellnou, Spain in August by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. Carrizo-Vilarroig also edited and did visual effects. Joan Armand Forero of Praxiz composed an original...

SCRAPPY selected to screen in Dunedin International Film Festival in Florida!

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SCRAPPY has been chosen for the Cats & Dogs Section of the 2019 Dunedin International Film Festival in Dunedin, Florida, USA. The anti-gun violence film was praised by the festival director as a film "...about love conquering violence. I appreciated the theme that the pure heart of a child can warm the hardened heart of an adult." The Dunedin International Film Festival runs January 12-13, 2019. Written for the screen, produced and helmed by Dawn Westlake, "Scrappy" is e...

FROM ON HIGH to screen in Medellin with BiciCine!

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FROM ON HIGH has been invited to screen in the "Resistencia y Memoria" program of BiciCine in Medellin, Colombia starting in January 2019. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake of Ron de Cana Prods, Inc., FROM ON HIGH tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot the film on location in Barcelona, Collsuspina and La Sala de Sant Llogari, Spain. An original score was composed by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. Both ...

FROM ON HIGH wins 11th award!

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FROM ON HIGH won its 11th award last evening with a Best Foreign Film prize from the Festival de Cinema de Tres Passos in Brazil. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake of Ron de Cana Productions, Inc., FROM ON HIGH tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. The film marks the professional acting debut of 11-year-old actors Zoe Pinell Lopez and Esteve Serra Coll. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot and edited on location in Barcelona, Spain. An original s...

POOLING invited to play in Providence Children's Film Festival

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"Pooling", a hybrid live-action/animation/visual effects breakdance film (whew!), has been invited to the 2019 Providence Children's Film Festival in Providence, Rhode Island for February 15-28. It will play in the Body in Motion section of the festival. Written/helmed and produced by Dawn Westlake through her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "Pooling" was performed/choreographed by Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros, an internationally-known breakdance troupe. "P...

FROM ON HIGH & POOLING to have Los Angeles premieres!

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Both FROM ON HIGH (2017) & POOLING (2018), films from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. and directed by Dawn Westlake, have been accepted to the 14th annual LA International Children's Film Festival at Plaza de la Raza. The films will screen in a block starting at 4p on Saturday, December 1st, 2018. Admission is free. Both films were shot and edited in Barcelona, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. "Pooling" is a hybrid live-action breakdance/animation/visual effec...

POOLING to have World Premiere at Children's Film Festival Seattle

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POOLING, a brand new breakdance/animation/visual effects hybrid film will have its world premiere at the 2019 Children's Film Festival at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, WA, USA from January 24-February 3. The film features dancing and choreography by Marc Carrizo Vilarroig ("Markitus") of the internationally recognized troupe Brodas Bros. POOLING was shot on location in Castellnou, Catalunya, Spain with editing and visual effects by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona....

FROM ON HIGH to have Canadian premiere at Silver Wave!

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FROM ON HIGH will have its Canadian premiere at the 2018 Silver Wave Film Festival in Fredericton, New Brunswick on November 10th, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced by her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, the film is about a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. The film has won 10 awards, in the US, UK, Spain and Italy. It was shot and edited on location in Catalunya by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original score was provided by GC Johnson ...

POOLING, a new breakdance/animation hybrid, is released!

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POOLING the new hybrid breakdance/animation/vfx film from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc., Imatge Barcelona and GrisDismation is now finished and being released to the festival circuit worldwide! The film stars international breakdance star and member of Brodas Bros, Marc Carrizo Vilarroig "Markitus". The film was shot on location in Castellnou, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig & Andrea Perez Maldonado of Imatge Barcelona in August and animated by Dismas Lizarraga & GrissyG Lizarra...

FROM ON HIGH wins BEST DRAMA at RATMA Film Festival!

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FROM ON HIGH won the Best Drama Award at the RATMA Film Festival in Keighley, UK this evening. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, FROM ON HIGH tells the story of a Syrian girl who finds a better life in Europe. This is the 10th award for FROM ON HIGH and the 65th award for films produced by Westlake's Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. shingle since 2000. DP/Editor Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona won a Best Cinematography Award for FROM ON HIGH during the summer from Festival Carpine...

FROM ON HIGH wins 9th Award at Religion Today Festival!

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FROM ON HIGH has won the Prayer Award for Excellence in Intercultural Exchange from the Children's Jury of the Religion Today Film Festival in Trento, Italy, October 4-11, 2018. Children from Italy, France, Germany and Israel participated on the festival jury. This is the 9th prize for FROM ON HIGH. Other awards have come in to director/producer Dawn Westlake and her DP/Editor, Pol Carrizo Vilarroig, and her composer, GC Johnson, from the USA, Spain and Italy since the film was made in Catal...

FROM ON HIGH to play the Champs Elysées in Paris!

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FROM ON HIGH has been selected to play Le Temps Presse Festival in Paris, France from January 29-February 1, 2019. The film has also been nominated there for a Student Prize with 4 other films. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, FROM ON HIGH tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It has been accepted to 45 festivals and won 8 awards, in the US, Spain and Italy (6). It was shot and edited on location in Catalunya, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Bar...

FROM ON HIGH needs your vote!

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FROM ON HIGH is up for the People's Choice Award at the 2018 RATMA Film Festival in the UK. YOU can watch the film and vote for a limited time! Please give us a look (just 8 mins!) and a thumbs up here BEFORE October 13th! https://youtu.be/nc-w6bvKbxQ For more info on the film, please visit: http://dawnwestlake.com/rondecana/films/fromonhigh/index.html ...

FROM ON HIGH selected to Caminhos Film Festival in Portugal!

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FROM ON HIGH has been selected to Caminhos Film Festival in Coimbra, Portugal for November 23-December 1, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, and produced by her Ron de Cana Productions shingle, the film is about a little Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It was shot and edited on location in Catalunya, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original score was composed by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. FROM ON HIGH marks the professional acting debut of ...

SCRAPPY wins the Zebrino at the Zebra Poetry Film Festival!

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"Scrappy" has won the Zebrino Prize of 500 Euros, donated by Filmwerkstatt Münster, at the 2018 Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Germany last evening. Based on the Studs Terkel Award-winning poem of the same name by the director Dawn Westlake's father, Donald G. Westlake, "Scrappy" tells the story of a little girl's courage when confronted with an adult's momentary lapse in judgment. The story is based on a real-life anecdote from Donald's childhood. It was...

FROM ON HIGH in Top 3 of Drama Category at RATMA Film Festival!

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FROM ON HIGH will be projected in the 2018 RATMA Film Festival in Keighley, UK on October 13, 2018 as one of the Top 3 films in the Drama Category out of more than 300 entries. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced by her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, the film is about a young Syrian girl who finds a better life in Europe. It marks the professional acting debut of 11-year-old actors Zoe Pinell Lopez and Esteve Serra Coll. FROM ON HIGH has now been accepted to 43 festivals worldwi...

Two MORE acceptances for FROM ON HIGH (in the US & Spain)!

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FROM ON HIGH has been accepted to two more festivals, Sandpoint Film Festival in Sandpoint, Idaho, USA & DiversimaCine in A Coruna, Galicia, Spain, both for November. FROM ON HIGH was filmed in Barcelona, Collsuspina, and La Sala de Sant Llogari, Catalunya, Spain in September 2017 by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. It tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. Since its completion in the fall of 2017, FROM ON HIGH has been accepted to 41 film festi...

FROM ON HIGH to play Chile & Brazil this fall!

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"From On High" has been accepted to the 26th annual Fesancor Film Festival in Santiago, Chile for October 22-29, 2018 and to Festival de Cine de Tres Passos in Tres Passos, Brazil for November 6-10, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, "From On High" tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. The film has been accepted to 40 festivals and other venues since it was made in Barcelona, Spain in September 2017. It's won 8 awards in the U...

FROM ON HIGH wins BEST SHORT FILM at Vilammare Film Festival

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FROM ON HIGH has won BEST SHORT FILM at Vilammare Film Festival in Campania, Italy. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, FROM ON HIGH is about a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. This is prize #8 for the film which has also won awards in the USA, Spain and 5 other awards in Italy, including Best Cinematography for DP/Editor Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona at Carpine d'Argento Film Fest in Visciano, and Best Soundtrack for GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs at Mediterr...

SCRAPPY selected to Muestra Otros Cines in Argentina!

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SCRAPPY has been accepted to Muestra Otros Cines in San Nicolas, Argentina for September 19-23, 2018. Based on the Studs Terkel Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake, SCRAPPY was adapted for the screen and directed by Westlake's daughter, Dawn. It tells the story of a child's ability to stand up to an adult who has a momentary lapse in judgment. The film was shot on location in Pine Mountain, CA, USA by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original score was provided by compo...

FROM ON HIGH to play Kosovo with FerFilm!

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FROM ON HIGH has been accepted to the FerFilm Festival in Ferizaj, Kosovo for September 2-6, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, FROM ON HIGH tells the story of a young Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. The film has won 7 awards, in the USA, Spain and Italy, including a BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY award for Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona and a BEST SOUNDTRACK award for the film's composer, GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. FROM ON HIGH marks the professional acting...
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