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"terroir" to play the UNCG Sustainability Film Festival!

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"terroir" has been accepted to the UNCG Sustainability Film Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina for March 26th, 2020. Written/helmed and sung by Dawn Westlake, "terroir" is a musical doc exploring how the mother-child relationship may cloud our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. An original score was composed and mixed by award-winning composer GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. "terroir" was shot, edited and its considerable visual e...

"terroir" to play Festival La Lanterna!

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"terroir" has been selected to compete in Festival La Lanterna in Genoa, Italy on March 5th, 2020. "terroir" is a musical doc that explores the mother-child relationship and how it can cloud our perception of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, "terroir" was shot in Westlake's childhood home in Wheaton, IL, USA, in a vineyard in Peru, IL, USA and another in Vilafranca del Penedes, Spain. Font Romeu, France ...

"terroir" to have European premiere in Hungary!

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"terroir" will have its European Premiere in Budapest, Hungary with the 22nd annual Faludi Film Festival, November 27-30, 2019. Written/helmed/produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "terroir" was filmed in Wheaton & Peru, Illinois, USA, Font Romeu, France and Vilafranca del Penedes, Catalunya, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. Pol also did the editing and considerable visual effects for the film. A score was written and West...

"Pooling" accepted to 25th annual Cucalorus Film Festival!

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"Pooling" has been accepted to the 25th annual Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, NC, USA for November 13-17, 2019. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake of Ron de Cana Prods, Inc., the film was danced/choreographed by Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros. It was shot on location in Castellnou, Catalunya, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona, who also edited and did visual effects. An original score was composed by Joan Armand Forero of Praxiz. The opening and closing ...

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Director: Dawn Westlake.

The French word terroir is used across many languages and cultures to describe the soil and climate factors that give wine its character. Metaphorically, we can look at our human upbringing and the resulting character of various world cultures as ‘terroir’. Factually, we all originate from women, but it is the rare culture that respects or honors this truth. Why do we pervert the vessel of life to its own self-denial?
 

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 have Austrian premiere with Zeitimpuls Festival in Vienna!

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"From On High" has been accepted to Zeitimpuls Festival in Vienna, Austria, running June 18-24, 2018. The theme of the festival is Open Mindedness. "From On High" tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It's won two awards, MEJOR CORTO/CATEGORIA EUROPEA at Muestra Internacional de Cortos de Solidario y Sensibilizacion in Ciudad Real, Spain; and, FIRST PLACE at UNCG Sustainability Film Festival, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA. "Fr...

"From On High" selected to International Festival for Children and Youth!

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"From On High" was selected to the International Festival for Children and Youth in Yerevan, Armenia for November 6-10, 2018. The cinema and TV festival has been hosted annually for 14 years by the Rolan Foundation. "From On High" tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It's won two awards, in Spain and the USA, with the Muestra Internacional de Cortos de Solidario y Sensibilizacion in Ciudad Real, and with the UNCG Sustainability Film...

"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...

REVISTA CLIQUISH in Sao Paulo profiles Dawn Westlake!

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Roberto Christo of REVISTA CLIQUISH interviewed LA-based filmmaker Dawn Westlake from his office in Sao Paulo last week. http://www.revistacliquish.com/2014/05/an-interview-with-dawn-westlake.html (If you'd prefer to read it in Portuguese, click here: http://www.revistacliquish.com/2014/05/entrevista-com-dawn-westlake.html)     ...

"The Martini Effect" trailer in competition at Krakow!

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My trailer for "The Martini Effect" was invited into the competition at Krakow...Would love to get a vote or two from you all here in the filmfestivals community: http://trailers.krakowfilmfestival.pl/en/menu/trailers/-/trailers/0/the%20martini%20effect "The Martini Effect" stars Emanuele Secci, known in Italy for his fastweb spot with George Clooney, and in the US for his fine ensemble work in the 2012 Sundance Producer's Award winner, "Nobody Walks", scripted...

Early Acceptance in Kosovo

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"The Martini Effect" by Dawn Westlake has received an early acceptance from FerFilm Festival in Ferizaj, Kosovo for July 2014. Shot & edited by Brandon Bondehagen on Canon's C300, the film was scored by Alvarez-sponsored guitarist Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. "The Martini Effect" stars Emanuele Secci, Dawn Westlake, David Razowsky & Susan Messing. It was shot on location in Los Angeles, Malibu, Puerto Rico and Barbados in 2013. For more info and to see a tra...

Ron de Cana Film Portal

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Ron de Cana Productions and filmmaker Dawn Westlake are pleased to announce the launch of http://dawnwestlake.com/ a new film portal for the distribution of Ron de Cana films by download and DVD compilation. Touch down and click around, won't you? http://dawnwestlake.com/ ...

Best of Video Anthology of CinemAvvenire Plays a Roman Circus!

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"Found Objects", winner of the Best Screenplay award at the 2013 CinemAvvenire Film Fest in Rome, is being included in the Best of Video Anthology of CinemAvvenire with projections at Coffee Park-Circus di Largo Passamonti in Rome. The screening is July 14th, 2013 at 9:30p. Tickets are 5 Euros. For more info on the screenings: http://www.pixwork.it/download/locandina_cinema.zip For more info on the film: http://www.dawnwestlake.com/dawnwestlake/rondecana/films/foundobjects/index.html...

City of 7 Hills is 7th Fest Acceptance!

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The 7th festival acceptance for Ron de Cana Productions' "Found Objects" comes from the City of 7 Hills: Rome, Italy! "Found Objects" unspools in June of 2013 in CinemAvvenire Film Festival. The film features Sardinian actor Emanuele Secci, known in Italy for his popular fastweb.it commercial spot co-starring George Clooney. Emanuele can also be seen in the 2012 Sundance Producers Award-winning film "Nobody Walks", co-written by Lena Dunham. For more info on Ci...

"Found Objects" to have African premiere at Bush Fire Fest!

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"Found Objects" will have its African premiere at the popular Bush Fire Festival in Malkerns, Swaziland, taking place 31 May to 2 June 2013. The film stars 5x Emmy Award winner Joey D'Auria, Emanuele Secci (known in Italy for his fastweb.it spot with George Clooney), and British actress Jo-Anne Krupa. The film was made with the generous support of Canon USA, Inc. as director Dawn Westlake was named a Canon Platinum Filmmaker in Hollywood. It was shot by DP Brandon Bondehagen on Can...

Found Objects (trailer)

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The trailer for Ron de Cana Productions' 2012 film, "Found Objects", has just been launched. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xm3bWZEJ5BU&list=UUZX_4bVlNcS97wDb85Zp4wg&index=1&feature=plcp The film is 11 mins. 38 seconds, and stars Jo-Anne Krupa, multiple Emmy Award-winner Joey D'Auria, Emanuele Secci (from Lena Dunham's 2012 Sundance Film Fest Award winner "Nobody Walks"), Dawn Westlake & Derek Graf. Brandon Bondehagen was DP/Editor; 1st AC was Ezra...

Another Nomination for "Covariance"!

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"Covariance" was nominated Best Short Film at the 2012 Rwanda International Film Festival in Kigali last week.  http://www.hillywood.org/ This is the third such nomination for the film. It received Best Film nods at the Cape Winelands Film Fest in Capetown, South Africa in March, and Best Digital Film and Best Actress nominations at the Art Deco Film Fest in Sao Paulo, Brazil this month. For more info on the film, please visit http://www.dawnwestlake.com ...

Found Objects: A New Film from Ron de Cana Productions

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Principal photography on Ron de Cana Productions' 14th short film wrapped last week in Los Angeles. The new piece is called "Found Objects". It was shot with the generous support of Canon USA, Inc. on their C300 with a rig designed by cinematographer Shane Hurlbut ("Act of Valor"). "Found Objects" is written/produced/directed by Dawn Westlake. Cinematography is by Brandon Bondehagen. Location sound is provided by Amanda Beggs and Saif Parkar. "Fou...

Two Nominations for "Covariance" in Brazil!

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"Covariance" has been nominated for two awards by the jury of the 2012 Art Deco Film Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The 13.5-minute film which explores the fantasies of two gambling addicts has garnered nods as Best Digital Capture Film and Best Actress for Dawn Westlake. http://www.festivalartdeco.blogspot.com/p/indicacoesnominations.html Westlake was named a Canon Platinum Filmmaker in 2002. She made "Covariance" with generous support in the camera d...

Festival #20 Takes Producer 'Back to One'

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"Covariance" will screen in the main competition of Porto7 International Short Film Festival of Oporto, Portugal from June 13-17, 2012. http://www.porto7.com/selected-short-films-for-competition/ This is the 20th festival acceptance for the film. Ron de Cana Productions began its short film production career in Porto (and environs) in 2000 with "Mini Driver Project". For more information of Ron de Cana's films, please visit: http://www.dawnwestlake.com  ...

"Over A Cheever" Available at Filmbaby

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"Over A Cheever", a dvd compilation of four films made between 2008-2011 inspired by the life and work of celebrated American writer John Cheever, is now available for purchase at filmbaby: http://www.filmbaby.com/films/6009 The films included in the 53-min. compilation have played in over 70 international festivals and won awards in the U.S. and Canada. The titles are: "Project Ion" (2008/11 mins.) "The Catalyst" (2009/13.5 mins.) "A...

Two for One Ticket Deal to see "Covariance" in NYC

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SCENEPR is offering a special "two for one" ticket deal to their 5th Annual Love Actually Film Festival in NYC on 2/14, Valentine's Day. Featured in the line up of short films is Ron de Cana Productions' 2011 film, "Covariance". The show unspools promptly at 7:30pm. To take advantage of this special offer, please visit: http://startshop.scenepr.com/deals/luvfest-2 For more info on "Covariance", please visit: http://www.dawnwestlake.com/dawnwestlake/ron...
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