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


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Breaking News! "Through the Pane" wins Best International Director at 38a Semana Internacional del Corto de San Roque!

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The closing ceremonies for the 38th annual Semana Internacional del Cortometraje de San Roque, Spain were held last evening in Teatro Juan Luis Galiardo. The Best International Director prize went to Dawn Westlake for her 2015 film, "Through the Pane". The film is based on a memoir chapter written by her father, Donald G. Westlake, about his acceptance of Dawn's mother's death. The couple was married for 62 years and dated for 6 years before that. Cinematography/Editing/VFX wer...

"Through the Pane" to play in NYC at Love Actually Film Festival on Valentine's Day!

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"Through the Pane" will play in the 9th annual Love Actually FIlm Festival in NYC on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2016. The film is based on the memoir chapter of the filmmaker's father, Donald G. Westlake, and exposes how he utilized a cosmic perspective on nature to deal with the loss of his wife of 62 years, Helen Gum Westlake. The film was shot and edited by Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. "Through the Pane" was scored by Alvarez-featured guitarist GC...

"Through the Pane" to have World Premiere in Spain!

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Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. will have the world premiere of its latest film "Through the Pane" at the San Roque International Film Fest in San Roque, Spain, Feb. 1-6, 2016. The film is one of just 2 US films accepted in the international category. Directed and written by Dawn Westlake, based on a memoir written by her father, Donald G. Westlake, "Through the Pane" was edited and shot by Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. For more info on the festival, please visit:...

Festival #40 for "Games People Play" is L'Aquila!

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Dawn Westlake's "Games People Play" received its 40th festival acceptance today with L'Aquila Film Fest in L'Aquila, Italy for December 8-18, 2015. Shot on the C500 by Jon Carr, the film was scored by Alvarez-featured guitarist GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs in the style of Ennio Morricone. "Games People Play" stars David Razowsky, Mark Jacobson and Westlake, herself. For more info and to see a trailer, please visit: http://dawnwestlake.com/rondecana/films/gamespeop...

"Games People Play" selected to Athens International Digital Film Festival!

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"Games People Play" has been selected to the 5th annual Athens International Digital Film Fest in Greece for December 17-23, 2015. This is the 39th festival acceptance for the 2014 comedy noir helmed and written by Dawn Westlake. The film was shot on the CanonC500 and edited with Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects by Jon Carr. An Ennio Morricone-esque score was composed by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. "Games People Play" stars David Razowsky, Mark Jacobson and Westlake, he...

"Games People Play" accepted to Moab Film Festival in Utah!

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Dawn Westlake's "Games People Play" received its 38th film festival acceptance this week at the Moab International Film Festival in Moab, Utah, USA for November 20-23, 2015. According to a festival press release dated October 28th, 2015: "Highlights among the short film selections include Dawn Westlake's 'Games People Play',a darkly comic piece on the power of words that she says 'makes a plea for the return to sincerity...using irony.' Choosing from ...

ALTER-NATIVE Film Festival accepts "Games People Play"!

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Ron de Cana Productions' "Games People Play" has been accepted to the 23rd ALTER-NATIVE International Short Film Festival in Targu Mures, Romania for November 4-8, 2015. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film stars David Razowsky, Mark Jacobson and Westlake, herself. This is Westlake's 7th film collaboration with David Razowsky. Their first collaboration, the animated short "Dottie: The Little Girl with the Big Voice", won the Broadcast Prize at the 2003 editio...

Visionaria Festival in Siena to project TWO Westlake films in October...

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Visionaria Film Festival in Siena, Italy has just accepted "Games People Play" (2014) and "The Martini Effect" (2013) from Ron de Cana Productions for their 22nd edition, October 8-17, 2015. Both films were written and helmed by Dawn Westlake. "Games People Play" was shot on the Canon C500 by Jon Carr. "The Martini Effect" was shot by Brandon Bondehagen on the C300. Both cameras were provided by Canon USA, Inc. because Westlake was named a Canon Platinum F...

Website for "Through the Pane" is launched!

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The official website for "Through the Pane", a new short film from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. in Los Angeles, is now live! http://dawnwestlake.com/rondecana/films/throughthepane/index.html It was designed by director Dawn Westlake and programmed by Jason Luckett. The site features more info about the 6:21 film, media (trailer, behind-the-scenes reel, stills), comments, and cast-crew bios. A festival list will be kept updated as selections come in. "Through the Pane" was...

"Games People Play" back to Mexico for Post Mortem Fest!

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"Games People Play" returns again to Mexico for the 2015 Post Mortem Festival in Aguascalientes, Mexico October 1-4, 2015. A dark comedy shot in the style of a Sergio Leone spaghetti western, this is the third festival acceptance in Mexico in a year's time. Helmed and written by Dawn Westlake, the film stars David Razowsky, Mark Jacobson and Westlake herself. The film was shot on the Canon C500 by Jon Carr. An Ennio Morricone-esque score was provided by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs...

"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" wins Best Foreign Short in South Africa!

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Ron de Cana Productions' "Games People Play" won the Best Foreign Short Film award at the 2015 Ugu Film Festival in Port Shepstone, South African on September 13th. The panel of judges were writer Andrew Worsdale, the Durban-based director of "Poison", Madoda Ncayiyana, the director of "Izulu Lami" and David Forbes, the distributor and founder of Shadow Films. This is the third award for "Games People Play". The film has previously won prizes at fests...

Out of 2500 entries, "Games People Play" is 1 of 2 US films at Fesancor!

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"Games People Play" has been selected to the 23rd annual Festival Chileno Internacional de Cortometrajes de Santiago for October 19-26, 2015. The festival office received over 2500 entries. "Games People Play" was one of only two US films to be chosen for the international section. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film stars David Razowsky, Mark Jacobson and Westlake, herself. The film was scored by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. Jon Carr filmed on Canon's C500. Car...

"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...

"Games People Play" accepted to HorrorQuest in Atlanta!

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"Games People Play" was selected to HorrorQuest Film Fest in Atlanta, Georgia, USA for October 16-18, 2015. A noir-comedy-thriller shot on the Canon C500 in the style of a spaghetti western, this is the FIRST horror fest for the hybrid short written and helmed by Dawn Westlake. "Games People Play" stars David Razowsky, Mark Jacobson, and Westlake herself. An Ennio-Morricone-esque score was provided by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. http://www.thehorrorquest.com/ For more info...

Games People Play to London for the Portobello Film Fest in September!

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"Games People Play" will unspool in London in the Portobello Film Fest on September 10th, 2015 at 6:30pm. Admission is FREE! The noir comedy was written/helmed by Dawn Westlake and stars David Razowsky, Mark Jacobson and Westlake, herself. An Ennio Morricone-esque score was provided by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. Johnson will next be heard on the score for the Tom Tykwer-helmed and Tom Hanks-starrer "Hologram for the King", based on the Dave Eggers novel. For more info on ...

"Games People Play" accepted to another fest...in Italy!

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"Games People Play" will unspool in Rassegna di Cortometraggi SteNIK in Aprilia, Italy on August 24, 2015. Helmed and written by Dawn Westlake, the comedy film was shot on the CanonC500 by Jon Carr, who also edited and did visual effects. The Ennio Morricone-esque score was provided by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. "Games People Play" stars David Razowsky, Mark Jacobson, and Westlake herself. For more info on this screening: http://stenik.altervista.org/cinema/rassegna2015/ra...

"Games People Play" at the San Gio Film Fest in Verona 7/23-27/2015!

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"Games People Play" has been accepted to the film competition in the San Gio Film Festival in Verona, Italy for July 23-27, 2015. This is the 22nd festival acceptance for the film written and directed by Dawn Westlake of Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. in Los Angeles. "Games People Play" was shot on the Canon C500 by Jon Carr. Carr also edited and provided visual effects. The film was scored by Alvarez-featured guitarist Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. "Games People Play...

"Games People Play" selected to Anonimul Film Festival in Romania!

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"Games People Play", a comedy written and directed by Dawn Westlake and produced by Ron de Cana Productions in Los Angeles, has been selected to the 2015 Anonimul Film Festival in St. Gheorghe, Romania for August 17-23, 2015. http://www.festival-anonimul.ro/2015_line-up_en The film stars Second City veteran David Razowsky, Mark Jacobson, and Westlake herself. Shot on the CanonC500 by Jon Carr, the film was scored by Alvarez-featured guitarist Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. For mo...

"Games People Play" selected to the Ugu Film Fest in South Africa!

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"Games People Play" has been selected to screen in the Ugu Film Festival in Port Shepstone in the KwaZulu-Natal region of South Africa on September 13th, 2015. The film was written and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced by her firm, Ron de Cana Productions. Starring David Razowsky, Mark Jacobson and Westlake herself, "Games People Play" features an original score by Alvarez-featured guitarist Gregory Johnson. "Games People Play" was shot on the Canon C500, thanks ...

Games People Play accepted to Rwanda Film Fest for July!

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"Games People Play" has been accepted to the Rwanda Film Fest in Kigali, Rwanda for July 19-31, 2015. The film was shot on the Canon C500 thanks to the generosity of Canon USA, Inc. "Games People Play" stars David Razowsky and Mark Jacobson, along with helmer Dawn Westlake who also wrote the screenplay. Filmed in the style of a Sergio Leone spaghetti western, the film has a Morricone-esque score by Alvarez-featured guitarist Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. For more info on...

Games People Play selected to the Big Sur International Film Series at the Henry Miller Library!

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"Games People Play" has been selected from over 1,000 submissions to play amongst the redwoods in the prestigious Big Sur International Film Series at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, CA, USA on June 25th, 2015 at 8pm. This is the 10th season for the Big Sur Film Series. The jury includes such luminaries as Kirsten Dunst, Laurie Anderson and Philip Glass. "Games People Play" was written and directed by Dawn Westlake and stars David Razowsky, Mark Jacobson, and Westlake ...

Games People Play to be projected at Awards Nights/Twickenham Alive Film Fest 2015!

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"Games People Play", the 2014 comedy film from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc., will be projected at Awards Night on June 12th, 2015 at the Twickenham Alive Film Festival in Twickenham, UK as the Best International Comedy. http://www.twickenhamfilmfestival.com/index.html Helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film stars reknowned former Second City artistic director David Razowsky (from "Late Night with David Letterman" with Albert Brooks, etc.) and newcomer Mark Jacobson, along with W...

Dawn Westlake featured in the World of Shorts CANNES Edition!

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FEATURED in the 2015 Cannes Edition of World of Shorts Magazine is Dawn Westlake...precisely because she doesn't make FEATURES. Read the two-page spread here, available online and in hard copy at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival: http://issuu.com/daazo/docs/cannes2015/55?e=0 (There's also a quick Q&A with Westlake on the contributors' page: http://issuu.com/daazo/docs/cannes2015/5?e=0 )   ...
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