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News about new short film releases from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc.


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"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...

"Scrappy" to rep the USA at Porto7 Film Festival!

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"Scrappy" will have its Portuguese premiere and rep the USA in the Porto7 Film Festival in Porto, Portugal June 14-18, 2017. Porto is a special place for producer/director Dawn Westlake who made her very first film, "Mini Driver Project", in Porto in 2000. "Scrappy" is based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by the director's father, Donald G. Westlake. It recounts an anecdote from his childhood when he had to stand up to the gun culture in the ...

"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 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 ...

"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...

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" ...

Through the Pane wins BEST SHORT DOC award in Athens!

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"Through the Pane" won the Best Short Documentary Award at the Athens International Digital Film Fest in Greece on February 8, 2017. This is the 5th award for the film out of 8 nominations. Helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on her father's memoir chapter about his acceptance of his wife's death. They were very happily married for 62 years. "Through the Pane" was shot/edited by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. It was scored by GC Johnson of Acousti...

Through the Pane Nominated for Best Doc in Italian Fest

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"Through the Pane" has been selected to the MalatestaShort Film Festival in Cesena, Italy for March 13-15, 2017. It's been nominated to the Best Documentary category. This is its 7th award nomination. The film has won four awards so far in its festival career, in showcases in Chile, Spain and two others in Italy. Written/helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on the memoir chapter by her father, Donald G. Westlake, recounting his acceptance of his wife's death in 2012. The...

Through the Pane receives 42nd set of laurels!

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"Through the Pane" will play the Athens International Digital Film Festival in Greece from the 2nd-8th February 2017. This is the 42nd festival selection for the 2015 short film directed by Dawn Westlake and based on her father's memoir chapter about his acceptance of the death of her mother. The film has garnered 6 nominations and won four awards in festivals in Spain, Chile, and two in Italy. Composer GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs was nominated for the Peer Raben Music Award at t...

SCRAPPY to have Spanish premiere in Burgos!

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Ron de Cana Productions' latest film, "Scrappy", helmed by Dawn Westlake, will have its Spanish premiere in the Certamen de Cine Corto de Salas de los Infantes in the Grand Casino of Burgos, Spain from December 26-29, 2016. The film is based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot on the Canon C300 and edited/color graded. Music was provided by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. The film stars animators Dis...

Scrappy to rep the USA in the Vittoria Peace Film Fest!

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"Scrappy" will represent the USA in the Vittoria Peace Film Festival in Vittoria, Italy, from December 12 to 15, 2016. Based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake, "Scrappy" recounts a real-life incident from Dr. Westlake's childhood when he stood up to the gun culture in the US. The film was helmed by Dawn Westlake and shot by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona on a C300 provided by Canon USA, Inc. Carrizo-Vilarroig also edited a...

"Through the Pane" to tour Mexico!

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"Through the Pane" will tour Mexico with TODOS SOMOS OTROS in Mexico, November 8-13, 2016. The film was chosen from 908 entries from 51 countries. TODOS SOMOS OTROS will visit theaters in Mexico City, Veracruz, Puebla, Yucatan, Toluca & Queretaro. Helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on her father's memoir chapter about his acceptance of his wife's death. They were very happily married for 62 years. The film was shot/edited by Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelon...

40th Fest for Through the Pane!

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AtlantiDoc Festival in Atlantida, Uruguay is the 40th festival selection for "Through the Pane". The film will play there between December 6-10, 2016. Helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on the memoir chapter by her father Donald G. Westlake about his acceptance of his wife's death. They were happily married for 62 years. The film was shot on the Canon6D by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. Carrizo-Vilarroig also edited and did special effects. "Through the Pa...

Through the Pane wins SPECIAL JURY PRIZE at Fesancor Festival in Chile!

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"Through the Pane" won the Special Jury Award for International Documentary at the 24th annual Fesancor Film Festival in Santiago, Chile. This is the fourth award for the film out of 6 international nominations. http://fesancor.cl/premiacion-2016/ The jury's comments: Spanish: "El corto se destaca por su lenguaje poético y delicadeza expresiva que nos transportar a las reflexiones y sentimentos de sus personajes." English: "The film is notable for its ...

"Scrappy" to have World Premiere in the UK!

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"Scrappy", a new film from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc., will have its world premiere on November 10th, 2016 at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse in Cambridge, England with Reel Women UK. The night of films will focus on USA election issues. "Scrappy" was selected by Reel Women UK because of its treatment of the issue of gun violence in the United States. Helmed by Dawn Westlake, "Scrappy" is based on a real-life incident from her father, Donald G. Westlake's chi...

"Games People Play" to play Cinemistica!

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"Games People Play" was chosen out of 3000 entries from 46 nations to play Festival de Cinemistica in Granada, Spain from November 16-December 17, 2016. This is the 42nd festival acceptance for this dark comedy, filmed in the style of a Sergio Leone spaghetti western. Helmed/written/produced by Dawn Westlake, the film was shot on the CanonC500 and edited by Jon Carr. GC Johnson, nominated for the Peer Raben Music Award at SoundTrack_Cologne for Westlake's 2015 film "THROUGH T...

Two More Fests for "Through the Pane"!

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"Through the Pane" has been accepted to two festivals for the month of November, bringing the total to 39. The film will play the Davis Film Festival in Davis, CA, USA on November 6th, 2016. It was also chosen from over 3000 entries from 46 nations to play the Festival de Cinemistica in Granada, Spain from November 16-December 17, 2016. "Through the Pane" is based on the memoir chapter by Donald G. Westlake about his acceptance of his wife's death. They were very happil...

Fest #37 for "Through the Pane"!

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"Through the Pane" will have its French premiere at the Festival du Film de Famille in Saint-Ouen, France on November 19th, 2016. This is the 37th festival acceptance for the filn. Helmed and directed by Dawn Westlake, "Through the Pane" is based on a memoir chapter by Donald G. Westlake about his acceptance of the death of his wife of 62 years. The original score by GC Johnson was nominated for the Peer Raben Music Award in Cologne, Germany in August. The film was shot and...

"Through the Pane" in Twickenham Alive Film Fest!

"Through the Pane" played the Twickenham Alive Film Festival in the UK on October 2nd, 2016. This is the 36th festival acceptance for "Through the Pane". Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on the memoir chapter by her father about his acceptance of the death of her mother. They were very happily married for 62 years. The film was shot on the Canon6D by Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. Pol also edited and did visual effects. "Through the ...

"Through the Pane" to play Colombia!

"Through the Pane" has been selected to play in El Saman de Festicine in Viterbo-Caldas, Colombia October 13-16, 2016. This is the 35th selection for "Through the Pane". Helmed and written by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on a memoir chapter by her father, Donald G. Westlake. It addresses his cosmic acceptance of his wife's death four years ago. They were very happily married for 62 years. The film was shot on the Canon6D by Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of ImatgeBarcelona...

The site for "Scrappy" is now live!

The website for Ron de Cana Productions' 18th short film, "Scrappy", is now live! http://www.dawnwestlake.com/rondecana/films/scrappy/index.html Give it a click to find out more about the making of the piece, cast & crew bios, a trailer, comments, film stills, ...etc.!   ...

SCRAPPY : a new film from Ron de Cana Productions!

SCRAPPY is the 18th short film from Ron de Cana Productions. The 4-minute short was born on September 11, 2016. Based on a poem by Donald G. Westlake about a real-life event in his childhood, SCRAPPY was developed for the screen and directed by his daughter, Dawn Westlake. Canon USA, Inc. provided a CanonC300 and CanonXC10 for the shoot. Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot, edited and did color grading and VFX. The film was shot on location in Pine Mountain, CA, USA and Calders, Cat...
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