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Dawn Westlake's blog


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


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"Games People Play" selected to the Braunschweig International Film Festival!

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"Games People Play" has been selected to the Braunschweig International Film Festival in Germany for November 11-16, 2014. The film's composer, Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs, is in the running for the festival's coveted LEO Award. Greg is an Alvarez featured guitarist. "Games People Play" was written and directed by Dawn Westlake and shot on the Canon C500 by Jon Carr, who also edited and did visual effects. The film stars David Razowsky and Mark Jacobson, along wi...

"Games People Play" selected to Film Noir Festival in France!

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"Games People Play" has been selected to the Film Noir Festival in Vincennes (Paris), France for November 27-30, 2014. The dark comedy was written and directed by Dawn Westlake and shot on the Canon C500 by Jon Carr. An original 'spaghetti western'-style score was composed by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. "Games People Play" stars former Second City-LA artistic director David Razowsky and Mark Jacobson (featured in the viral video hit "First Hand Job", a...

"The Martini Effect" to play Thess Film Festival in Greece!

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"The Martini Effect" was selected to the 8th Thess International Film Festival for October 25-29, 2014 in Thessaloniki, Greece. Festival director Yiannis Zachopoulos received over 1,000 entries for this edition of the festival. "The Martini Effect" tells the story of a couple who is "underwater" on their home and unable to pay their mortgage due to some personal problems and bad choices. The film was made on land in Los Angeles and Malibu with the Canon C300 by DP/E...

"The Martini Effect" at FENACO Peru; Director Dawn Westlake to attend!

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"The Martini Effect" has been selected to compete in the international program of the 2014 Fenaco Peru Film Festival held in Cuzco, from November 12-15, 2014. Director/producer/writer Dawn Westlake will be in attendance. The film was shot on the Canon C300 by Brandon Bondehagen in Los Angeles and Malibu. Underwater photography in Barbados was provided by Secci Films. "The Martini Effect" was scored on the guitarviol by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. For more info on the f...

"Games People Play" selected for 2014 MultiFest in Mexico!

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"Games People Play" has just been selected to MultiFest in Jalisco, Mexico for October 1-4, 2014. The dark comedy shot in the style of a Sergio Leone spaghetti western was written/directed by Dawn Westlake and shot/edited by Jon Carr. Canon USA, Inc. provided their C500. The score was composed by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. "Games People Play" features LA-based comedic actors David Razowsky & Mark Jacobson, along with Westlake. For more info on MultiFest: http://mi...

"The Martini Effect" will play Egypt!

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"The Martini Effect" will play the Cairo Video Festival in Egypt November 5-19, 2014. The film, which deals with the economic and emotional crisis in a couple's life when they face foreclosure on a home in which they are "underwater", stars Emanuele Secci and Dawn Westlake. Voiceover narration is by David Razowsky and Susan Messing. Underwater photography in Barbados was provided by Secci Films. Above ground, the film was in the masterful hands of DP/Editor Brandon Bondeh...

"The Martini Effect" to play Fesancor in Chile!

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"The Martini Effect" has been selected to screen in the 22nd annual Fesancor Film Fest in Santiago, Chile in October. (It has been renamed "El efecto martini" by the festival director.) http://fesancor.cl/nominados/ The film features underwater cinematography by Secci Films (on location in Barbados) and above ground work by Brandon Bondehagen, on location in Los Angeles and Malibu. For more info on the film and to see a trailer, please visit: http://dawnwestlake.com/rondeca...

"The Martini Effect" selected for Silver Wave!

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"The Martini Effect" will have its Canadian premiere at the Silver Wave Film Festival in Fredericton, NB, Canada on November 8, 2014. Directed/written/produced by Dawn Westlake, the film stars Emanuele Secci and Westlake, with narration by David Razowsky and Susan Messing. "The Martini Effect" was shot by Brandon Bondehagen on the C300, provided by Canon USA, Inc. A guitarviol played by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs scored the picture. For more info and to see a trailer, ...

"The Martini Effect" to close the Johnstown Film Fest

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"The Martini Effect" will close the Johnstown Film Festival in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA on September 6, 2014. For more info, please visit: http://jaha.org/FilmFestival/Saturday2014.html   ...

The Martini Effect to open the Portobello Film Fest in London!

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"The Martini Effect" will open the Portobello Film Fest in London on August 28th at 7pm! Admission is free! For more info, please visit: http://portobellofilmfestival.com/2014/aug28-kph.html The film was written and directed by Dawn Westlake and produced under her Ron de Cana Prods. shingle. The film was shot by Brandon Bondehagen on Canon's C300. Starring Emanuele Secci, Dawn Westlake, David Razowsky and Susan Messing, the film is a non-linear portrait of a relationship in crisis...

"Games People Play" to have World Premiere at Chaplin Comedy Fest!

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"Games People Play", the latest film from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. and writer/director Dawn Westlake, will have its world premiere at the Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Fest in Waterville (County Kerry), Ireland on August 22, 2014. Starring Westlake, David Razowsky, and Mark Jacobson, the film was shot on the Canon C500 by Jon Carr. Editing, visual effects and color correction was also performed by Carr who did the night sky and stars time-lapse seen globally on the current Coldplay ...

Ron de Cana's Dawn Westlake on A.D.D. Comedy podcast w/ David Razowsky!

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Dawn Westlake, president of Ron de Cana Prods., Inc., was the guest of David Razowsky on the A.D.D. Comedy podcast, produced by Ian Foley, on August 4, 2014. David's chat with the LA-based independent filmmaker runs 50 minutes and can be listened to for free via iTunes, right here: tinyurl.com/m9368l5   For more info on David Razowsky, please visit: davidrazowsky.com   For more info on the A.D.D. Comedy podcast, please visit: addcomedy.com   For mo...

A Second Selection from Colombia for "The Martini Effect"!

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A second selection came from Colombia for "The Martini Effect" in one day! The film will play out of competition in the International Cinema Panorama at El Saman Festicine Video Imagen in Viterbo Caldas, September 4-7, 2014. For more info on "The Martini Effect", please visit: http://dawnwestlake.com/rondecana/films/themartinieffect/index.html   ...

"The Martini Effect" to have South American premiere in Colombia!

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"The Martini Effect" will have its South American premiere at the Festival Internacional de Cine de Santander in Colombia August 4-9, 2014. Directed/written/produced by Dawn Westlake, the film stars Emanuele Secci and Westlake, with voiceover narration by David Razowsky and Susan Messing. "The Martini Effect" is the story of a couple living large above the surface, while completely "underwater" on their house. The film was shot by Brandon Bondehagen on Canon's ...

Two California Screenings in August for "The Martini Effect"!

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"The Martini Effect" will have two screenings in California in August. The film's first stop is the Davis Film Festival in Davis, CA on August 10th, 2014. The next weekend, it has its Los Angeles premiere at the California African American Museum in the CAAM Screenings, August 16-17, 2014. The film was shot on the CanonC300 by Brandon Bondehagen. It features Emanuele Secci, Dawn Westlake, David Razowsky and Susan Messing. "The Martini Effect" has a breathtaking musical s...

"Games People Play" is born!

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Ron de Cana Productions is proud to present its 16th film, "Games People Play", a comedy noir shot in the spaghetti western style of Sergio Leone. Dawn Westlake directed, wrote and produced and stars as DIANA. Jon Carr shot the film on the Canon C500 and edited on Adobe Premiere. "Games People Play" has an original score by Alvarez featured guitarist Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. Along with Dawn Westlake are actors David Razowsky, former artistic director of Second City-L...

"The Martini Effect" to have African premiere in Hillywood!

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"The Martini Effect" will have its African premiere in the Rwanda Film Fest in Kigali July 12-18, 2014. The festival's theme this year is Reflection. Special kudos to the film's DP/Editor Brandon Bondehagen who effectively pulled off 'reflective' shots in the piece involving mirrors, glass and water. "The Martini Effect" was shot on the C300 provided by Canon USA, Inc. To see the complete list of RFF selected films: http://rwandafilmfestival.net/RFF_2014_offi...

"The Martini Effect" to play India!

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"The Martini Effect" will screen in the Jagran Film Festival in New Delhi in July and in Mumbai in September, 2014. The festival is organized by Jagran Prakashan Limited, a media company. This is the South Asian premiere for "The Martini Effect". The film was helmed by Dawn Westlake and shot on the Canon C300 by Brandon Bondehagen. The film stars Emanuele Secci, Dawn Westlake, David Razowsky and Susan Messing. For more info and to see a trailer, please visit: http://dawnwest...

"Games People Play" (trailer) is up!

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The trailer for "Games People Play" is now available on vimeo! This is the 16th film for Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. helmed by Dawn Westlake. The trailer is an homage to Sergio Leone's for his "The Good, the Bad & the Ugly". It features David Razowsky, Mark Jacobson & Dawn Westlake. Take a look here: https://vimeo.com/98650626   ...

"The Martini Effect" to play Sardinia!

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"The Martini Effect", written/directed by Dawn Westlake, will play the Sardinia Film Festival in Sassari, Italy on the isle of Sardegna from June 23-28, 2014. This is especially exciting for the film's team since its star, Emanuele Secci, is a native son of that region. The film also features David Razowsky, Susan Messing and Dawn Westlake. It was shot on the Canon C300 by Brandon Bondehagen. The film was scored on the guitarviol by Alvarez featured guitarist Gregory Johnson of Aco...

Ron de Cana Productions Wraps 16th Film!

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Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. wrapped their 16th film on June 3rd, 2014 in Los Angeles. "Games People Play" was directed, written and produced by Dawn Westlake. DP Jon Carr shot on the CanonC500 and was assisted by gaffer Nathan Fetzer. Cary Daniels provided on-set sound mixing. "Games People Play" stars Second City legend David Razowsky and Mark Jacobson of the Samsung Mobile "Keep on Pushing" series featuring the Jamaican Bobsled teams. The film will be scored by ...

REVISTA CLIQUISH in Sao Paulo profiles Dawn Westlake!

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Roberto Christo of REVISTA CLIQUISH interviewed LA-based filmmaker Dawn Westlake from his office in Sao Paulo last week. http://www.revistacliquish.com/2014/05/an-interview-with-dawn-westlake.html (If you'd prefer to read it in Portuguese, click here: http://www.revistacliquish.com/2014/05/entrevista-com-dawn-westlake.html)     ...

Dawn Westlake Cast in "Capsized"

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Dawn Westlake has been cast as Scottish actress Hayley McLaughlin's mother in Brandon Freer's "Capsized". The film goes into production in Southern California in May. http://www.capsizedthemovie.com/2014/04/02/dawn-westlake-as-mom/ ...

Clips from "The Martini Effect" Make Official Cluj Shorts Teaser!

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Clips from "The Martini Effect", a film by Dawn Westlake, starring Emanuele Secci, Dawn Westlake, David Razowsky and Susan Messing, made the Official Teaser for the 2014 Cluj Shorts International Film Fest: http://youtu.be/KBUfwbWnI3k (Dawn Westlake as WOMAN is at the :26 mark; Emanuele Secci & Dawn Westlake as MAN & WOMAN are kissing at the 1:28 mark.) Out of 605 entries, 52 films made the official competition. "The Martini Effect" is one of them. It unspools on Fri...

"Covariance" in Ted Hope's VIEWSTER! Sign in and vote!

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I don't like popularity contests, but who doesn't love a good horse race? I made a film about one, called "Covariance", which has been chosen for legendary indie producer Ted Hope's* online VIEWSTER Film Fest. You just go to this link: http://www.viewster.com/festival-details/1251-17110-000 , register, hit us with 5 stars from the big orange VOTE button, and then, you can view the film as much as you want for free for two weeks. Pretty neat!   ...
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