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Diego Maradona, Review: Feet of gold, hand of God

Diego Maradona, Review: Feet of gold, hand of God Amy got him the Academy Award. Senna got him the BAFTA. And now, Diego Maradona has raked in £ 2.2 mn, since its release in June, which is a welcome collection for any docu-feature. Asif Kapadia has now won three matches in a row. And by convincing margins, at that. By definition, a documentary appeals to niche audiences only. Though football is the most popular team sport in the world, it is not the numero uno sport in India, unlike Ar...

"Pooling" is one of the Top 16 finalists at Corto Nanni!

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"Pooling" is one of the Top 16 finalists selected to screen at Corto Nanni in Castello di Piombino, Italy, a festival that runs from October 11-13, 2019. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, and produced by her Ron de Cana Productions, Inc., "Pooling" was choreographed and performed by Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros. Opening and closing animation was done by Dismas and GrissyG Lizarraga of GrisDismation. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot, edited and did vi...

"Pooling" selected to San Gio Festival in Verona!

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"Pooling" has been accepted to the 25th annual San Gio Film Festival in Verona, Italy for July 23-27, 2019. Written, helmed and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "Pooling" features the dance and choreography of Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros. It was shot/edited and visual effects were done by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original score was composed by Joan Armand Forero of Praxiz. The opening and closing animated sequ...

"Pooling" to play Venice with Videoconcorso Francesco Pasinetti!

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"Pooling" has been accepted to Videoconcorso Francesco Pasinetti in Venice, Italy for June 3, 2019. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, and produced by her Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. shingle, "Pooling" is a hybrid short combining animation, breakdance, special effects and drone cinematography. The film features dancing and choreography by Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros. It was shot/edited and visual effects were done in Barcelona by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge ...

"Pooling" accepted to Cefalu!

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"Pooling" has been accepted to the Cefalu Film Festival in Palermo, Italy for June 2019. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, and produced by her Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. shingle, "Pooling" is a hybrid short combining animation, breakdance, special effects and drone cinematography. The film features dancing and choreography by Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros. It was shot/edited and visual effects were done in Barcelona by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. ...

THE FIRST PRIZE

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THE FIRST PRIZE SAVE THE DATE! 21, 22, 23 June: the first competitive (and entertaining!) appointment of The Village Doc Festival 2019. In Rugbiolandia (Cusago Sport Center, on the outskirts of Milan) there will be a full weekend of projections and meeting and – finally – awards for the movie in competition. Prize for the winner: €500,00!   To be part of the International Documentary Film Competition, please complete the entry form on or before May 31st and fo...

POOLING to compete for Trofeo La Lanterna!

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"Pooling", a breakdance/animation/visual effects film from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. is the ONLY American film competing for the Trofeo La Lanterna in Genoa, Italy. It will play there with Cineclub FotoVideo Genova on April 4th, 2019. Filmed and edited on location in Castellnou and Barcelona, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona, the animation for "Pooling" was done in Los Angeles by Dismas & GrissyG Lizarraga of GrisDismation. An original score was prep...

Sicilia Queer filmfest 2019 - International New Visions and Queer Short Competition

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SICILIA QUEER FILMFEST 2019  PALERMO 30th MAY – 5th JUNE, 2019  PARTICIPATION RULES  PREMISE  1. ORGANIZERS  The cultural association Sicilia Queer organises the Sicilia Queer filmfest. Independent festival, it has been supported for some years by the RegioneSiciliana, Department of Tourism Sport and Show Business – Sicilia Film Commission; by the City of Palermo, Department of Culture. Until 2017 has been supported by the MIBACT - Directorate General f...

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...

Call for Entries 2019 | African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival (Milan-Italy)

CALL FOR ENTRIES 2019 29th African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival Milan – Italy, 23rd-31st March 2019   Submissions for the 29th African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival are now open! It’s now possible to submit films to take part in the next edition of African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival, which will take place in Milan (Italy) from 23rd to 31st March 2019. Applying is simple, it only takes two steps: fill in the entry form, after re...

Venezia 75: Days 3 & 4

The third day on the 75th Venice Film Festival, a.k.a. Gaga Day as it humorously got referred to by the thousands of festival attendees, was marked by the arrival off Lady Gaga, starring alongside Bradley Cooper in a remake of the original 1937 A star is born, also a directorial debut for Cooper.      Gaga’s arrival on the Lido posing on the Vaporetto made the headlines, while the first screening with its loud rock tunes put the pop star higher up in her fans adoration,...

Venezia 75: Days 1 & 2

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It’s this time of the year, when the film elite gathers on a tiny island in Venice to celebrate cinema over gelato, pizza and spritz. And for the last decade, to have a preview of pretty much 80% of the future Oscar nominees and winners, to come in few months time.    And this year, the stars have aligned again for the Mostra Del Cinema of the Venice Biennale, with the 75th edition’s competition being the most exciting one could wish for.      The fest...

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...

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...

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 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 wins TWO awards at Carpine d'Argento Cortifestival!

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FROM ON HIGH has won two honors at the 2018 Carpine d'Argento Cortifestival in Visciano, Italy. Ahead of the fest, which runs June 29-July 1, 2018, director/producer Dawn Westlake was contacted that her DP/Editor, Pol Carrizo Vilarroig, had won the BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY award. The film itself also won a Third Place prize. 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 Pinell Lopez and Esteve S...

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 will be closing film at La Lanterna Film Festival!

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FROM ON HIGH will be the closing film at the 2018 La Lanterna Film Festival in Genova, Italy, running March 1, 2018 to May 17, 2018. Written/directed by Dawn Westlake and produced via her Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. shingle, FROM ON HIGH tells the story of a young Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. The film was scored by 2016 Peer Raben Music Award nominee GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. It was shot/edited in Catalunya by Imatge Barcelona's Pol Carrizo Vilarroig. FROM ON...

SCRAPPY selected to Festival Un Film Per La Pace!

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SCRAPPY has been selected to Festival Un Film Per La Pace in Gorizia, Italy for March 8th, 2018. Based on the Studs Terkel Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake, "Scrappy" was adapted for the screen and helmed by his daughter, Dawn Westlake. The film was shot on location in Pine Mountain, CA and Les Quingles near Barcelona, Spain in 2016 by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona who also edited. An original score was provided by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs, the 2016 Peer Raben Mu...

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 ...

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