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"Through the Pane" selected to Inventaunfilm!

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"Through the Pane" will play the Inventaunfilm Festival in Lenola, Italy August 9-13, 2016. Ten years ago, a previous film ("A Life of Death") helmer Dawn Westlake made with her father, Donald G. Westlake, won two awards at the 2006 Inventaunfilm: Third Place Film and Best Score for composer GC Johnson. "Through the Pane" was also scored by GC Johnson. Editing/Cinematography and VFX were provided by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. For more information o...

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DAWN at the Henry Miller Library!

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NIGHT OF THE LIVING DAWN is a night of short film curated by director/writer/producer/actress Dawn Westlake for the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, CA. Westlake will be showing her films "Dottie: The Little Girl with the Big Voice" (animated/2002) & "Through the Pane" (doc/2015), along with films by Adnan Zandi (Iran), Phil Lepherd (UK), Ruben Sainz (Spain) and others... When: Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 8p-10:30p Tickets by donation...$0 - $20 suggested For more info...

"Through the Pane" to play Porto7 Film Fest!

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"Through the Pane" will represent the USA in the documentary section of the Porto7 Film Festival in Porto, Portugal, June 8-12, 2016. The festival will be held at Forte de S. João Baptista da Foz – Teatro da Vilarinha. ADMISSION IS FREE! Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on the personal memoir chapter of her father, Donald G. Westlake, winner of the Studs Terkel Humanities Award in 1999. The short film was made on location in Wheaton, Illinois, USA. ...

"Through the Pane" selected to DocuTIFF!

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"Through the Pane" has been selected to Tirana International Film Festival's DocuTIFF in Tirana, Albania for June 1-8, 2016. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on the memoir chapter by her father, Donald G. Westlake, about his cosmic perspective when faced with the death of his wife of 62 years. The film has an original score by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs, who just came off collaboration on the music for the Tom Hanks'-starrer "A Hologram for the...

"Through the Pane" to have Asian Premiere in Beijing!

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"Through the Pane" will have its Asian premiere in the documentary section of the Beijing International Film Festival in Beijing, China April 16-23, 2016. The film is based on the memoir chapter written by director Dawn Westlake's father about the acceptance of his wife's death. Donald and Helen Gum Westlake were happily married for 62 years. "Through the Pane" won the Best International Director prize for Westlake in February at the film's premiere in the 38th an...

Little Men by Ira Sachs: Review and Q&A

  by Martin I. Petrov    Original Title: Little Men (2016)  Director: Ira Sachs With: Greg Kinnear, Theo Taplitz, Michael Barbieri, Paulina Garcia    New York based director Ira Sachs returns to Berlin two years after Love is Strange with a coming of age story about friendship and the struggle of embracing adulthood.    Little Men is an everyday story about two fourteen year old boys, Jake and Toni, who meet when the first m...

Through the Pane

Director: Dawn Westlake.

 The filmmaker's 87-year-old father shares reflections on life through panes of glass while facing the pain of losing his wife of 62 years. With 'cosmic perspective', he takes comfort in the rhythms of nature to cope with the unpredictable, non-linear qualities of grief.

"Through the Pane" is born!

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"Through the Pane" is the latest short film from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. Shot on the Canon 6D and edited in Adobe Premiere Pro by Barcelona-based DP/Editor Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona, the film was made in Wheaton, IL, USA in the childhood home of director/producer Dawn Westlake. Based on a memoir chapter by Dawn's father Donald G. Westlake, "Through the Pane" features the 87-year-old sharing his cosmic perspective on the death of his beloved wife of 6...

"Games People Play" at Johnstown Film Fest on 9/11!

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"Games People Play" was accepted to another US festival this week. It will play the Johnstown Film Festival in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on September 11th, 2015. Helmed and written by Dawn Westlake, the film stars David Razowsky, Mark Jacobson and Westlake herself. The film features an Ennio Morricone-esque score by Pennsylvania native GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. For more info on the film and to see a trailer, please visit: http://dawnwestlake.com/rondecana/films/gamespeopleplay/index....

"Games People Play" to rep the USA in Kosovo at FerFilm Fest!

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Out of 400 submissions, "Games People Play", a noir comedy written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, will represent the USA in Ferizaj, Kosovo in the FerFilm Fest September 2-6, 2015. The film was shot on the CanonC500 by Jon Carr who also did the editing and vfx. "Games People Play" stars David Razowsky, Mark Jacobson and Westlake herself and features an original score by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. For more info on the film and to see a trailer, please visit: http://dawnwestla...

The Yellow Oscars of 2015 go to ..

Five Yellow Oscar Awards went to films from France, Spain, Ukraine, USA and Germany/Denmark Rio de Janeiro, 12/05/2015 - The International Uranium Film Festival was held this year for the first time in Quebec City and Montreal. During nine days, between April 15th to 24th, the festival screened more than 40 documentaries and movies about nuclear power: from uranium mining to nuclear power plants, atomic bombs and atomic waste. The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) was ...

Gutenberg in the Cyberstorm

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Director: Susanne Lenz-Gleissner.
"We have the situation where the book has become something that's reading you instead of you reading the book," says Jaron Lanier, winner of the 2014 Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. Digitalization has revolutionized the book industry and that has sparked concern and heated debates in both Germany and the United States. Over 2,000 writers in both countries have protested against the cut-throat pricing policies of online book retailer Amazon and its massive influence on the market. The e-book is well established on the US market. In Germany, however, the book is treasured as a time-tested means of preserving knowledge. What is the value of the book in the digital age? A film team sets out on a transatlantic journey to find out. They visit Germany, where Gutenberg invented the printing press over 550 years ago, and the United States, the hub of digital innovation. The journey begins in Seattle, where Amazon's headquarters are located, and continues on to Los Angeles, Mainz, Weimar, Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin and New York. Prestigious interview partners reflect on the future of the book: Internet philosopher Jaron Lanier, Dr. Michael Knoche, director of the Herzogin Anna Amalia Library in Weimar, Jeff Jarvis, media expert, Yvonne Hofstetter, artificial intelligence expert and the authors Daniel Suarez und Marc Elsberg. A journey through the history of the book and the current debate over the power of giant online companies. The film also looks at the future and the risks that digitalization may yet hold in store.

Games People Play wins 3rd Place at the Riverside Saginaw Film Festival!

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Ron de Cana Productions' "Games People Play" won bronze at the Riverside Saginaw Film Fest in Michigan, USA on Sat. November 8, 2014. First place was taken by Oscar nominee "Luminaris" with 2nd place captured by festival darling "Electric Indigo". "Games People Play" was helmed by writer/director Dawn Westlake. Jon Carr shot the film on the CanonC500 and edited on Adobe Premiere. "Games..." was scored by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. The...

"Games People Play" competes with "Electric Indigo" and Oscar-nominated "Luminaris" in US festival

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"Games People Play" is a finalist for the grand cash prize in the Riverside Saginaw Film Festival in Saginaw, Michigan, USA running November 6-9, 2014. Amongst the nine finalists with "Games People Play" are the multi-lauded international hits "Electric Indigo" from Jean-Julien Collette and the Oscar-nominated "Luminaris" from Juan Pablo Zaramella. This is the US premiere for "Games People Play" which has been previously selected for festivals i...

15 Minutes of Fame

For films that are 30-minutes in length or less.  Narratives, Documentaries, Animation, Music Videos.  Award Certificates are issued in 14 categories. We are located in Florida, USA. Films must be submitted on DVD/NTSC.  The festival does not view online entries.

 


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Call for Entries Open for the 6th Annual Petaluma International Film Festival

Petaluma, CA – Petaluma International Film Festival®, an annual event showcasing independent feature and short films from around the world, is inviting the filmmakers from all over the world to submit their films for its annual event taking place in October 2014 in Petaluma, California. - The festival is open to all genres: fiction, documentary, short, animation, music video.

Official Poster of 2014 Tiburon International Film Festival

Tiburon Interantional Film Festival (TIFF) is an annual event showcasing independent feature and short films from around the world. _________________________________ Tiburon International Film Festival Phone: (415) 251-TIFF [8433] Fax:  (636) 444-TIFF [8433] info@TiburonFilmFestival.com www.TiburonFilmFestival.com 6 Beach Road, 544 ~ Tiburon, CA 94920 USA

Call for Entries Open for the 6th Annual Petaluma Interantional Film Festival

Petaluma, CA – Petaluma International Film Festival®, an annual event showcasing independent feature and short films from around the world, is inviting the filmmakers from all over the world to submit their films for its annual event taking place in October 2014 in Petaluma, California. - The festival is open to all genres: fiction, documentary, short, animation, music video...

SUBMIT! North Hollywood CineFest - in the heart of Los Angeles!

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Click on this link to submit your film to the North Hollywood CineFest, which will take place in the heart of the NoHo Arts District in Los Angeles next April.   http://www.withoutabox.com/login/12514 The festival will offer awards and a great networking environment to indutry professionals and filmmakers.  Both US and international categories accepted.  See you there! ...

CALL FOR ENTRIES: 4th San Francisco Green Film Festival

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CALL FOR ENTRIES 4th San Francisco Green Film Festival May 29 - June 4, 2014 Be part of San Francisco’s leading festival for films and discussions about people and the planet. The festival is open to new or established filmmakers from anywhere in the world. There are no restrictions on length or genre. Youth filmmakers submit for free! DEADLINES Early: December 13, 2013 Regular: January 10, 2014 Final: January 17, 2014 Submit online or download an entry form at sfgr...

Film Commissions

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Film Commissions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Alabama Alabama Film Office Website: http://www.alabamafilm.org/ E-Mail: film.office@ado.alabama.gov Alaska Alaska Film Program Website: http://www.alaskafilm.org/ E-Mail: alaskafilm@commerce.state.ak.us Arizona Film in Arizona Dept. of Commerce Website: http://www.azcommerce.com/Film/ E-Mail: octavial@azcommerce.com Arkansas Arkansas Economic Development Commission – Film Website:&nbs...

"Covariance" to rep the US at the Baghdad Int'l Film Fest

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"Covariance" by Dawn Westlake will represent the US in the 5th annual Baghdad International Film Festival in Iraq from October 6-10, 2013. The film was made with three 5Ds through the generosity of Canon USA, Inc. Shot by Francesco Uboldi and edited by Brandon Bondehagen, the film stars David Razowsky and Dawn Westlake. Music is by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. This is the film's Middle East premiere and the 33rd festival acceptance for "Covariance". It has been nomin...

OTOH: Switzerland - Submission to ÉCU 2013

Our tradition, our home is a documentary series exploring the traditions of folk music around the world. The first stop in this series is Switzerland where musical heritage is being preserved, cultivated and passed down from generation to generation. The 'natural' yodel is a unique form of singing with no words and often no notation, with only folklore to lend an idea of it's origin. Although it may have led to the ...

Romance - Submission to ÉCU 2013

After his girlfriend dies from cancer John finds himself overweight and thrust back into a hopeless world. When a girl who claims to be Britney Spears hits on him, he can't believe his luck. She looks like a supermodel and parties like Hollywood. The only reason she doesn't dump him for someone more attractive is he keeps the party rolling... or at least that's the story he's sticking with.  

Vena Amoris - Submission to ÉCU 2013

Vena Amoris begins with a devious meeting between Aleksis, Harry, and four masked men with a white van. Harry hands Aleksis a box with an intimidating pair of pliers inside. Aleksis nods and smiles at Harry. The men in masks get in the van and the elders drive off. An unwitting James is on the phone. After an endearing conversation with his drop dead gorgeous fiancé, Milenka, James is immediately confronted with th ...
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