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FROM ON HIGH to play Porto7!

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"From On High" has been selected to Porto7 Film Festival in Porto, Portugal for June 13-17, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake (who made her first film in Porto 18 years ago), "From On High" tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. The film was made on location in Catalunya with DP/Editor Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. GC Johnson, a 2016 Peer Raben Music Award nominee, provided an original score. "From On High" ...

FROM ON HIGH wins the SOLIDARITY PRIZE at Festival Pasinetti in Venice!

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"From On High" was awarded the PREMIO SOLIDARIETA', Vetrina del Volontariato (Solidarity Prize) at the 15th annual Festival Pasinetti in Venice, Italy on June 2nd, 2018. The film deals with a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. Filmed on location in Catalunya by Imatge Barcelona's Pol Carrizo Vilarroig, the piece marks the professional acting debut of 11-year-olds Zoe Pinell Lopez and Esteve Serra Coll. GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs, a 2016 Peer Raben Music Aw...

"From On High" to play Venice with Festival Pasinetti!

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"From On High" has been selected to the 15th annual Festival Pasinetti in Venice, Italy, named for honored Italian documentarian Francesco Pasinetti. Helmed and written by Dawn Westlake and produced by her shingle Ron de Cana Productions, "From On High" tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. The film was made on location in Barcelona, Collsuspina, and La Sala de Sant Llogari in Catalunya, Spain. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona s...

"From On High" wins FIRST PLACE in UNCG Sustainability Shorts Film Festival in the US!

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"From On High" has won First Place in the 9th annual UNCG Sustainability Shorts Film Festival at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro which was held April 19, 2018. This is the 4th nomination and 2nd win for the short film made in the Catalunya province of Spain in September of 2017. 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 marks the professional acting debut of 11-year-olds Zoe ...

SCRAPPY wins 3rd place at Athens International Digital Film Festival!

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"Scrappy" has won 3rd place in the international fiction film contest at the Athens International Digital Film Fest in Athens, Greece on April 4, 2018. Produced by Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. and helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by her father, Donald G. Westlake. It recounts a real-life anecdote from Donald's childhood in rural Elburn, Illinois, USA when he had to stand up to the American gun culture. Canon USA, Inc. su...

From On High selected to play opening night of Festival de Cortos La Fila!

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"From On High" will represent the USA on the opening night of the 22nd annual Festival de Cortos La Fila in Valladolid, Spain, April 16-20, 2018. The film is about a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It marks the professional acting debut of 11-year-olds Zoe Pinell Lopez and Esteve Serra Coll. The film was helmed/written/produced by Dawn Westlake and shot/edited by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original score was written/recorded by 2016 Peer Raben...

From On High to compete for the Golden Beggar Award

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"From On High" is competing for the Golden Beggar Award at the 2018 International Festival of Local Televisions in Kosice, Slovakia from June 6-9, 2018. This year's theme of the festival honors works that illustrate the bad effects of populism on Europe. For more info on "From On High" and the festival: http://www.festival.sk/site/2017/archiv/5879 ...

From On High to have South American premiere with Censurados Film Festival!

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"From On High" will have its South American premiere with Censurados Film Festival in Lima, Peru from April 21-May 27, 2018. It plays the University of Lima on April 25th and Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas on May 9th. "From On High" is about a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It just won MEJOR CORTO/CATEGORIA EUROPEA at the Muestra International de Cortos de Solidario y Sensibilizacion, put on by ONG Mision Humanitaria in Ciudad Real, Spain. The film was shot...

TWO Greek premieres for Ron de Cana films!

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Both "Scrappy" (2016) & "From On High" (2017) from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. will have their Greek premieres at the Athens International Digital Film Festival, running from March 29-April 4, 2018. The films mark the professional acting debuts of child actors Nefertina Lizarraga ("Scrappy") and Zoe Pinell Lopez & Esteve Serra Coll ("From On High"). The films deal with gun violence against children in the US, and the constant fear in which Syria...

SCRAPPY wins the People's Choice Award at RATMA!

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"Scrappy", helmed by Dawn Westlake, based on her father Donald G. Westlake's Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem of the same name, has won the People's Choice Award at the RATMA Film Festival in Keighley, UK. The film is based on a real-life anecdote from Donald's childhood when he had to stand up to the culture of gun violence in the USA. "Scrappy" was shot on location in Pine Mountain, CA, USA and edited in Los Angeles by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig. An origin...

Scrappy rep'd the USA in San Rafael en Corto Film Festival

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"Scrappy", a film about standing up to gun violence, based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake, represented the USA in the San Rafael en Corto Film Fest in Vecindario, Spain (The Canary Islands) on November 4th, 2017. "Scrappy" is a Ron de Cana Productions' presentation, directed and adapted for the screen by Dawn Westlake. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot and edited on location in Pine Mountain and Los Angeles, CA, USA. ...

FROM ON HIGH is Grand Prize Finalist in its World Premiere with Festival del Cinema Corto Corrente!

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FROM ON HIGH, written & directed by Dawn Westlake, and produced by her shingle Ron de Cana Productions, Inc., is a Grand Prize finalist at its world premiere festival, Corto Corrente, in Fiumincino (Rome), Italy. FROM ON HIGH is about a Syrian refugee girl who finds new hope and a new life in Europe. It was shot and edited by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig in Collsuspina, La Sala de Sant Llogari, and Barcelona, Spain. The film was scored by 2016 Peer Raben Music Award nominee GC Johnson of Acoustic ...

"Scrappy" in the running for the People's Choice Award at RATMA Film Fest in the UK!

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"Scrappy", a 4-minute film by Dawn Westlake, based on the poem by her father, Donald G. Westlake, is up for the People's Choice Award in the RATMA Film Fest. The film is playing online (for FREE!) until November 19th. The winner will be announced on November 20th. The global public can watch and vote for "Scrappy" in the drama category here: http://ratmaff.weebly.com/drama.html The poem "Scrappy" is included in Donald G. Westlake's Studs Terkel Humanitie...

THE URANIUM FILM FESTIVAL 2017 AWARD WINNERS

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The winners of the International Uranium Film Festival Berlin 2017(link is external). The International Uranium Film Festival Berlin was for the 6th time in Berlin. Between Oktober 10 and 15 the in the world unique atomic age film festival screened 28 nuclear films. More than a dozen filmmakers participated in the event with a fantastic audience of hundreds of people from Berlin and around the globe. "The sixth Uranium Film Festival in Berlin was a blast", co...

Scrappy to tour 5 cities in Spain with CineMistica!

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"Scrappy" has been selected to the CineMistica Film Festival and will tour five cities in Spain with them from November 2-December 2, 2017. Helmed and adapted for the screen by Dawn Westlake, "Scrappy" is based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by her father, Donald G. Westlake. It deals with a young girl's courage in standing up to the gun culture in the USA. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot and edited in Pine Mountain and Los Angeles, CA,...

Scrappy to have Canadian premiere!

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"Scrappy" will have its Canadian premiere on November 4th at 2pm in the Silver Wave Film Festival in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake, "Scrappy" tells of a young girl's courage in standing up to the gun culture in the USA. "Scrappy" was helmed by Westlake's daughter, Dawn, and shot/edited by Imatge Barcelona's Pol Carrizo Vilarroig. It was scored by Gregory Johnson of Acou...

Scrappy to play London in Portobello Fim Festival!

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"Scrappy" has been selected to play the Portobello Film Festival in London on September 8th in the 6-11p block in the Muse Gallery, 269 Portobello Road. Admission is FREE! "Scrappy" is based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake. His daughter Dawn Westlake adapted the poem to the screen and directed/produced under her Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. banner. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona filmed on location in Pine Mountain and Los A...

"Scrappy" to play San Gio Film Fest in Verona!

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"Scrappy" has been selected to the San Gio Film Festival in Verona, Italy for July 23-27, 2017. Produced by Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. and helmed by its founder, Dawn Westlake, "Scrappy" is based on a Studs Terkel Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake. It recounts the real-life childhood experience of Dr. Westlake when he had to stand up to the gun culture in the USA to save his dog's life. The film was scored by 2016 Peer Raben Music Award nominee GC Johnson of Ac...

"Through the Pane" to rep the USA at the Rome Observatory with Catone Film Fest!

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Dawn Westlake's "Through the Pane" will represent the USA in the documentary section of the Catone Film Festival held at L'Osservatorio di Roma in Rome, Italy July 14-15, 2017. Based on a memoir chapter by her father, Donald G. Westlake,"Through the Pane" is about his acceptance of Dawn's mother's death in 2012. Dawn's parents were happily married for 62 years. The film was shot in 2015 in Dawn's childhood home in a suburb of Chicago, IL, USA. Cinemat...

Atlanta Award-Qualifying Film Festival

Atlanta Award-Qualifying Film Festival is an international film festival with a special focus on the region of USA/Canada (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, San Jose, Austin, Jacksonville, San Francisco, Indianapolis, Columbus, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver), shining an international spotlight on films, talent and future projects from the region. High quality programming, a strong industry segment, an educational and networking platform for young filmmakers and thus generated presence of the international film industry, film authors and media representatives alongside a paying audience of over 100,000, confirm its status as the leading film festival in the region, recognised by both professionals and the wider audiences.

"Scrappy" to represent the USA in the Premio Carpine d'Argento!

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"Scrappy" has been nominated for the Premio Carpine d'Argento for films on social issues in Visciano, Italy for June 30-July 2, 2017. Based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake, "Scrappy" takes on the gun culture in the US. It's the only American film in the international competition. Helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film was shot/edited by Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. The film stars Nefertina Lizarraga, Dismas, GrissyG, B...

Scrappy to play 21st Festival La Fila de Cortometrajes in Valladolid!

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"Scrappy" has been selected to play the 21st Festival La Fila de Cortometrajes, taking place May 8-11, 2017, in Valladolid, Spain. Festival director Isabel Blanco wrote that the film was chosen because of its "high educational value in turbulent times". Based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake, "Scrappy" was adapted for the screen and helmed by his daughter, Dawn Westlake. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig shot the film on location in Pine ...

2017 Universe Multicultural Film Festival beautiful as rainbow

From March 31 to April 2, after three full days of film screening, industries panels, galas, living shows, the Universe Multicultural Film Festival (UMFF) complete its 2017 edition in  a star dusting extra long red carpet.  Hundreds of Hollywood stars and the film delegations from 13 countries create a beautiful image as rainbow in the Palos Verdes Peninsula. This edition, the UMFF showed 100+ films and screenplays, 3 galas, 4 industries panels, living show of screenplay showcases a...

BEST SHORT DOC award arrives from Greece!

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The Best Short Documentary Award won by "Through the Pane" in the Athens International Digital Film Fest in Greece on February 8th, 2017 was received in Los Angeles by producer/director Dawn Westlake on March 1st. Since her cast and crew are spread around the globe in Barcelona, Chicago and Los Angeles, she photoshopped them into a "group" picture with the Greek trophy. https://twitter.com/dawn_westlake/status/837838106942328832/photo/1 This is the 8th nomination and 5th aw...

"Through the Pane" to play Detroit in Purgatory!

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"Through the Pane" will play the Purgatory Film Exhibition in Detroit, Michigan, USA on March 12, 2017. Helmed by Dawn Westlake, the short film is based on the memoir chapter by her father, Donald G. Westlake, which deals with his acceptance of her mother's death. They were very happily married for 62 years. GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs scored the film. (He was nominated for the Peer Raben Music Award at SoundTrack_Cologne in Germany in August 2016.) "Through the Pane" ...

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