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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...

Exciting Announcement: Moving Words

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We have teamed up with Arts by the People to present works from their new project, Moving Words.    Moving Words will intersect voices of all ages through writers whose submitted works will be transformed into short films by animation students at various international animation schools. These writers, under the guidance of ARTS By The People’s writing scholar, will have their works voice acted and subsequently animated by college students.    We will prese...

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...

SCRAPPY to play Nudo, Festival de Poesia Visual, Barcelona!

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"Scrappy" will play Nudo, Festival de Poesia Visual, in Barcelona, Spain on April 21, 2018 at 7:30pm, along with other grand prize finalists from the 2017 Maldito Festival in Albacete. The evening of films will be offered at Miscelanea BCN, c/Guardia 10, in the Raval neighborhood of Barcelona. "Scrappy" was shot in Pine Mountain, CA and edited in Los Angeles by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. A score was provided by 2016 Peer Raben Music Award nominee GC Johnson o...

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...

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. ...

"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...

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 presented in French...in Argentina!

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"Scrappy" will be presented in French as a nominee for the Concurso FIC ESMI, sponsored by the Alianza Francesa de Bellas Artes, at the Festival Internacional del Cortometraje FIC in Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 27, 2017. Based on the Studs Terkel Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake, "Scrappy" was adapted for the screen and helmed by Dawn Westlake. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot and edited and did visual effects. 2016 Peer Raben Music Award nominee...

Scrappy chosen for Maldito Festival de Videopoesia in Spain!

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"Scrappy" has been chosen along with just 14 other films to screen in the Maldito Festival de Videopoesia within the Abycine Festival from October 20-28, 2017 in Albacete, Spain. Adapted for the screen by director/producer Dawn Westlake, "Scrappy" is based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by her father, Donald G. Westlake, which recounts a real-life anecdote from his childhood about standing up to the gun culture in the USA. Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of Imatge ...

"Scrappy" nominated to FeSanCor in Chile!

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"Scrappy" is one of the international films nominated for an award in the 25th annual Festival Chileno de Cortometrajes (FeSanCor) in Santiago, Chile, September 25-October 2, 2017. Based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake, "Scrappy" tells the story of a child's courage in standing up to an adult who's having a momentary lapse in judgment. The poem was adapted to the screen by director/producer/writer Dawn Westlake of Ron de Cana P...

Scrappy selected to FerFilm Kosovo!

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"Scrappy" was selected to the 5th annual FerFilm Festival in Ferizaj, Kosovo for September 2-6, 2017. Helmed and adapted for the screen by Dawn Westlake, "Scrappy" is based on her father Donald G. Westlake's poem of the same name which won the Studs Terkel Humanities Award in 1999. It recounts a real-life anecdote from Westlake's childhood when he had to stand up to the gun culture in rural Illinois, during the 1930s. "Scrappy" introduces 5-yr-old actress N...

Scrappy to have California premiere in historic venue!

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"Scrappy" will have its California premiere in the state's capitol of Sacramento with the city's Film and Music Festival, September 22-24, 2017. The festival will be held in the historic Jean Runyon Theater. 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. The poem recounts Westlake's real-life anecdote about standing up to the gun culture in the USA at the ...

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 have South American premiere in Argentina!

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"Scrappy" has been selected to Invicines Film Festival in Cordoba, Argentina for September 6th, 2017. This is the South American premiere for "Scrappy". The film was helmed and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. shingle. It is based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by her father, Donald G. Westlake. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot the film on a C300 provided by Canon USA, Inc. He also edited and did VFX. The film...

Scrappy at the Parco Archeologico di Kaukana!

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"Scrappy" represented the USA in the "best of" screening from the 2016 Vittoria Peace Film Festival at the Parco archeologico di Kaukana, Italy on 7/31/2017. Helmed by Dawn Westlake, "Scrappy" is based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake. It recounts Westlake's real-life anecdote of standing up to the gun culture in the USA at the age of 6. The film was shot on a C300 provided by Canon USA, Inc. by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of I...

Endless Poetry, Alejandro Jodorowsky, 2016, Chile

At the age of 87 Alejandro Jodorowsky directed Endless Poetry, a film reflecting his creative biography,   a cinematic masterpiece excelling his other films El Topo, The Holy Mountain, and his first biographical film The Dance of Reality.  His artistic signature in these productions is an outstanding surreal representation of reality captured with superb photography and imaginative sets. Endless Poetry is more accessible than his other films in spite of a meandering storyline th...

"Scrappy" nominated for the Golden Urartu in Armenia!

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"Scrappy" has been selected to the Golden Urartu Festival in Ararat, Armenia for September 15th, 2017. Helmed by Dawn Westlake, "Scrappy" is based on the Studs Terkel Award-winning poem by her father, Donald G. Westlake. It recounts a real-life anecdote from his childhood when he had to stand up to the gun culture in the USA. "Scrappy" was filmed on location in Pine Mountain, CA, USA and at Masia Les Quingles in the mountains just to the north of Barcelona, Spain. ...

"Scrappy" to play Forte Sangallo in Tracce Filmografiche Film Festival!

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"Scrappy" has been selected to play the Tracce Filmografiche Film Festival held at Forte Sangallo in Nettuno (Rome), Italy from June 21-25, 2017. http://www.traccecinematografichefilmfest.it/traccecinematografichefilmfest/Home.html Helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by her father, Donald G. Westlake. It was shot in Pine Mountain, CA and Masia Les Quingles in Catalunya by Imatge Barcelona's Pol Carrizo Vilarroig. "Scra...

"Scrappy" selected to Coffi - CortOglobo Film Festival in Italy!

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"Scrappy" has been selected to play the Coffi - CortOglobo Film Festival at the Castello Doria in Angri, Italy May 25-27, 2017. 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 time during his childhood in small-town America when he had to stand up to the gun culture. The film was shot on Canon's C300 by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona who also edited and color graded. GC Johnson...

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 ...

"Scrappy" to play Granada, Spain!

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"Scrappy", based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake, will represent the USA in the 2017 InCINEracion Festival in Granada, Spain on April 19th, 2017. Helmed and produced by Westlake's daughter, Dawn, the film stars Nefertina Lizarraga, Dismas, GrissyG, Bruce Rheins, and the Mighty Kong as the titular "Scrappy". With gear provided by Canon USA, Inc., the film was shot in Pine Mountain, California, USA in September 2016. Pol Carrizo Vila...

Sandra Oh Rides High in New Animation WINDOW HORSES

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent When a film hits the zeitgeist like animation WINDOW HORSES, directed by Ann Marie Fleming, you’ve got to pay attention. Usually a preamble isn’t required in a film review, but WINDOW HORSES, voiced by Sandra Oh and in rotation this week at Santa Barbara International Film Festival starts with a funny story. You’ve heard of President Trump’s Executive Order, known as “not-a-Muslim-ban,” on seven Muslim countr...

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