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Dawn Westlake


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


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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...

FROM ON HIGH to play Izmir Artemis Film Festival!

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FROM ON HIGH has been selected to the International Izmir Artemis Film Festival in Izmir, Turkey for August 27-31, 2018 and will compete for the Best Short Film prize there. 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 was shot on location and edited by Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona in Catalunya, Spain in September 2017. An original score was composed by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. FROM ON HIGH has...

GC Johnson wins BEST SOUNDTRACK for FROM ON HIGH from Mediterranean Festival Corto!

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Mediterranean Festival Corto in Diamante, Italy has awarded their 2018 Best Soundtrack prize to GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs for his original score on FROM ON HIGH, a short film written and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced by her Ron de Cana shingle. Johnson was a 2016 Peer Raben Music Award nominee for his score for Westlake's 2015 film THROUGH THE PANE, and he won Best Musical Score for Westlake's A LIFE OF DEATH in 2006 from the Inventaunfilm Festival in Lenola, Italy. FROM ON HIG...

FROM ON HIGH to play Vilammare Film Festival!

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FROM ON HIGH has been selected to Vilammare Film Festival in Campania, Italy for August 26-30, 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. It was filmed on location in Barcelona, Collsuspina, and La Sala de Sant Llogari, Catalunya, Spain in September 2017 by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. It's since won 6 awards, in the USA, Spain and Italy (4). An original score was composed for the film by G...

SCRAPPY to play Charlie Chaplin Film Festival in Ireland!

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"Scrappy", a social issue film helmed by Dawn Westlake, based on the Studs Terkel Award-winning poem of the same name by her father, Donald G. Westlake, has been selected to the Charlie Chaplin Film Festival in Waterville, Ireland for August 23-26, 2018. "Scrappy" will play in the Social Commentary section of the festival which unspools on Friday, August 24th at 6pm. "Scrappy" was shot on location in Pine Mountain, CA, USA by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelo...

FROM ON HIGH to play 21st Religion Today Festival in October!

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FROM ON HIGH has been selected to the 21st annual Religion Today Festival in Trento, Italy for October 4-11, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced under her Ron de Cana Productions shingle, the film is about a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. FROM ON HIGH was filmed on location in Barcelona, Collsuspina and La Sala de Sant Llogari, Catalunya, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. He is the winner of the 2018 Carpine d'Argento Award for BES...

FROM ON HIGH to play Invicines Social Film Festival in Cordoba, Argentina!

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FROM ON HIGH has been selected to play Invicines Film Festival in Cordoba, Argentina from September 1-8, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, FROM ON HIGH is about a Syrian girl who finds a better life in Europe. It was filmed on location in Barcelona, Collsuspina and La Sala de Sant Llogari, Catalunya, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original score was composed by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. The film marked the professional acting debut of 11-year-olds Zoe Pinell ...

SCRAPPY reps the USA at Divercine in Montevideo, Uruguay

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"Scrappy" represented the USA at Divercine, a film festival for children in Montevideo, Uruguay, taking place July 23-27, 2018. Based on the Studs Terkel Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake, the film was adapted for the screen and directed by Westlake's daughter, Dawn. "Scrappy" was filmed on location in Pine Mountain, California by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona who also edited and did special effects. An original score was composed by GC Johnson of Acou...

SCRAPPY & FROM ON HIGH selected to IX Festival de Cine: Infancia y Adolescencia in Colombia

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Ron de Cana Productions' films SCRAPPY (2016/USA) and FROM ON HIGH (2017/USA) have both been accepted to IX Festival de Cine: Infancia y Adolescencia playing in Bogota & Medellin, Colombia from September 3-21, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, both films were shot/edited by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. They both feature young actors making their professional debuts in stories about children taking a stand for peace in worlds where the adults' morals and ethics ...

"Scrappy" accepted to Zebra Poetry Film Festival

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Out of more than 1,200 entries from 87 countries the program commission has selected "Scrappy" by Dawn Westlake to be part of the ZEBRINO competition of the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival Münster|Berlin. "Scrappy" is based on the Studs Terkel Award-winning poem of the same name by Dawn's father, Donald G. Westlake. It recounts the real-life anecdote from Westlake's life when as a 6-year-old he had to stand up to the gun culture in the USA in his small town of Elburn...

FROM ON HIGH to play Inventaunfilm in Lenola, Italy

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FROM ON HIGH has been selected with just 15 other films out of an international pool of 802 fiction entries to play Inventaunfilm in Lenola, Italy from August 7-11, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake of Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. in Los Angeles, the film tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It was shot on location in Barcelona, Collsuspina and La Sala de St. Llogari, Catalunya, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original scor...

FROM ON HIGH to play San Gio Film Festival in Italy and Moita Mostra in Portugal!

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FROM ON HIGH has been selected to the San Gio Film Festival in Verona, Italy for July 23rd and the Moita Mostra in Moita, Portugal for August 4th, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. banner, FROM ON HIGH tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It was shot on location in Barcelona, Collsuspina, and La Sala de Sant Llogari, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. Pol recently won the BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY p...

FROM ON HIGH wins SPIRITUAL AWARD!

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FROM ON HIGH has won the SPIRITUAL AWARD at the 18th annual Corto Fiction Festival in Chianciano Terme, Italy. This is the 6th award for the film and the 60th award for filmmaker Dawn Westlake of Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. in Los Angeles. FROM ON HIGH was shot on location by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona in Collsuspina, La Sala de Sant Llogari and Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain in September 2017. In early July 2018, Pol won the BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY award at Carpine d'Argento Film ...

FROM ON HIGH to play Festival de Cine Espiritual Contracorriente in Bogota!

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FROM ON HIGH has been selected to Festival de Cine Espiritual Contracorriente in Bogota, Colombia for July 23-28, 2018. Written and directed by Dawn Westlake, the film is about a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. FROM ON HIGH was shot on location in Barcelona, Collsuspina and La Sala de Sant Llogari, Catalunya, Spain. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona was DP and editor. This evening, he won a Premio Carpine d'Argento for BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY for the film in Viscia...

FROM ON HIGH on the Isle of Corsica with Festival du Film de Lama!

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FROM ON HIGH was selected to the Festival du Film de Lama on the Isle of Corsica for July 28-August 3, 2018. Directed and written by Dawn Westlake, the film is about a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. The film marks the professional acting debut of 11-year-olds Zoe Pinell Lopez and Esteve Serra Coll. Shot on location in Barcelona, Collsuspina and La Sala de Sant Llogari, Catalunya, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona, FROM ON HIGH just won a Best Cinematograp...

FROM ON HIGH to play Mexico in August!

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"From On High" has been selected to the 23° Festival Internacional de Cine para Niños in Mexico City (and touring), Mexico from August 7-12, 2018. The film is the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. Written, helmed and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. shingle, "From On High" marks the professional acting debut of 11-year-olds Zoe Pinell Lopez and Esteve Serra Coll. The piece was shot on location in Barc...

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