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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...

Brianza Film Corto Festival 2017

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The italian 'Cultural Association Bmovies' is the organizer of Brianza Film Corto Festival (Brianza Short Film Festival alias BFC) from the year 2008. Participation in the Festival is 10 €. The pre-registration form will be available up to 30 September 2017. Allowed works of fiction, animation and documentary manufactured after October 1st, 2015. Film industry, advertising and propaganda will not be admitted to the competition. Participation in the competition may be refused t...

Brianza Film Corto Festival 2017

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The italian 'Cultural Association Bmovies' is the organizer of Brianza Film Corto Festival (Brianza Short Film Festival alias BFC) from the year 2008. Participation in the Festival is 10 €. The pre-registration form will be available up to 30 September 2017. Allowed works of fiction, animation and documentary manufactured after October 1st, 2015. Film industry, advertising and propaganda will not be admitted to the competition. Participation in the competition may be refused t...

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...

"Scrappy" to play San Gio Film Fest in Verona!

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"Scrappy" has been selected to the San Gio Film Festival in Verona, Italy for July 23-27, 2017. Produced by Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. and helmed by its founder, Dawn Westlake, "Scrappy" is based on a Studs Terkel Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake. It recounts the real-life childhood experience of Dr. Westlake when he had to stand up to the gun culture in the USA to save his dog's life. The film was scored by 2016 Peer Raben Music Award nominee GC Johnson of Ac...

"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" a finalist in the Ariano International Film Festival in Italy!

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"Scrappy" is a finalist in the Ariano International Film Festival with screenings July 29-August 5, 2017 in Ariano, Italy. This is the 11th festival acceptance for "Scrappy", a film produced by Ron de Cana Prods., Inc. in Los Angeles and helmed by the company's founder, Dawn Westlake. Based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by her father, Donald G. Westlake, "Scrappy" is a real-life anecdote from Donald's childhood recounting the time he had...

"Scrappy" to have German premiere!

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"Scrappy" will have its German premiere at the 41st Open Air Filmfest Weiterstadt in Weiterstadt, Germany on August 11th, 2017. Based on a Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake, the film is helmed by his daughter, Dawn Westlake. "Scrappy" recounts a real-life anecdote from Don Westlake's childhood in which he had to stand up to the gun culture of the USA. Filmed and edited by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona, "Scrappy" was sc...

"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 ...

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June Indie Night: #NYCIndieFF Celebrates Pride!

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#NYCIndieFF Celebrates Pride is a screening event that highlights some of the best storytelling by LGBTQ+ filmmakers and highlights complex characters in the community. Round out Pride Month with great indie films and your first drink included in the admission! Lineup includes: A Song for Your Mixtape Guao The Owls Chosen Family & more to be announced! Friday, June 30 at 8PM @ Producers Club 358 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036 Price: $15.00, Buy your ti...

"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...

Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark) Makes Directorial Debut at Cannes 2017 with Short Film "A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud."

Award-winning actress Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark) Makes Directorial Debut at Cannes 2017 with Short Film A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud. Actress Karen Allen, most known for her work in the Indiana Jones film franchise, has set her sights on Cannes this year with the directorial debut of her first short film, A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud.Allen returns to Cannes having been in competition with Paul Newman's The Glass Menagerie in 1987, and in 2008 with Steven Spielberg for the film that opene...

'Legally Speaking' Written by Actor Michael Germant and Directed by Filmmaker Javier Badillo To Debut At Cannes 2017

Legally Speaking a Short Film Written by Canadian Actor Michael Germant and Directed by Venezuelan/Canadian Filmmaker Javier Badillo to Debut at Cannes Director Javier Badillo will hit the Croisette for the second time with the satirical comedy “Legally Speaking.” The Island Productions film, written by and starring Michael Germant (War for the Planet of the Apes, Arrow), is about a spoiled brat who visits his right-wing senator stepfather on his sailboat to extort money for a me...

Small Town Diamonds: A short film documentary about Burlesque Troupe, The Looking Glass Revue will premiere at Cannes

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The Looking Glass Revue, a Classic Burlesque Troupe based out of the Lehigh Valley, PA can now include filmmakers to their already impressive resumes. The short film is set to premiere at The Cannes Film Festival on May 25, 2017, at the Palais des Festivals. Kate Elfatah, (Director and Producer), Mika Romantic (Star and Artistic Director) and Gracie Thorpe/Grainne Images (Director of Photography and Producer) will represent the film at the Festival.  With its humble beginnings in ...

USA Film Festival announced the winners

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USA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF THE 39TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM COMPETITION On Sunday, April 30, 2017, the USA Film Festival announced the winners of the 39th Annual International Short Film & Video Competition.  The awards program took place on Closing Night of the 47th Annual USA Film Festival in Dallas.   Chosen from more than 600 international entries, the First Place Winning Films included:   FIRST PLACE / NARRATIVE Minh Tâm, Vincent Ma...

Futuristic Short “Real Artists” by Director Cameo Wood, Featuring Tiffany Hines (24: Legacy) & Tamlyn Tomita (Berlin Station)

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Cameo Wood’s first narrative film “Real Artists” starring Tiffany Hines (Bones, 24: Legacy) and Tamlyn Tomita (Berlin Station) is set to make its debut to Cannes’ audiences on Thursday, May 25 at 5:30 PM at Palais H, as part of the 2017 Marché du Film. (Festival badge or invitation is required for entry.) Based on Ken Liu’s short story of the same title, “Real Artists” is a dark tale set in the near future. Sophia, played by Tiffany Hines, just s...

CANNES NEWS: Seek Films’ “All of Me” By All Female Filmmaking Team Debuts At Cannes Marché du Film

Seek Films’ “All of Me,” a short film by director Daphne Schmon, will premiere at Cannes Marché du Film 2017. The film, created by an all-female team, will screen on Friday, May 26 at 8:30 PM at Olympia 2 (5 rue d’Antibes, Cannes 06400). (Festival badge or invitation is required for entry.)                             &nbs...

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