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Dawn Westlake


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


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"Through the Pane" to play Colombia!

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"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!

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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!

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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, Catal...

"Through the Pane" to play Visualizame in Madrid!

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"Through the Pane" was selected to play Visualizame Film Festival in Madrid, Spain from September 30-October 2, 2016. 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 and edited by Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. The score by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs was nominated this year for the Peer Raben Music Award at SoundTrack_Cologne in German...

"Through the Pane" accepted to Vasteras Film Festival in Sweden!

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"Through the Pane" has been accepted to the Vasteras Film Festival in Vasteras, Sweden for September 28-October 2, 2016.    "Through the Pane" has been accepted to the Vasteras Film Festival in Vasteras, Sweden for September 28-October 2, 2016.   Helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on her father's memoir chapter about his acceptance of his wife's death in 2012. They were happily married for 62 years.    "...

"Through the Pane" accepted to Jahorina Film Festival!

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"Through the Pane" has been selected to the 10th annual Jahorina Film Festival in Bosnia-Herzegovina for September 14-18, 2016. Helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on her father Donald G. Westlake's memoir chapter about the death of his wife of 62 years. Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot and edited. A guitarviol score was composed by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs, a 2016 Peer Raben Music Award nominee. For more info and to see a trailer of "Through the Pane...

"Through the Pane" accepted to 30th film fest!

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"Through the Pane" has received its 30th film festival acceptance! It will play the Fano International Film Festival in Italy from October 18-22, 2016. Helmer Dawn Westlake has a long history with the Fano Film Festival, having one special jury awards for past films presented there. "Through the Pane" is based on her father's memoir chapter about his acceptance of her mother's death. They were very happily married for 62 years. The film was shot/edited by Pol Carrizo...

"Through the Pane" sentenced to prison by jury!

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This is one of the coolest ideas for a festival...and "Through the Pane" has just been accepted as a top finalist for the jury award! We'll play the DAROCA & PRISION Film Fest in a prison in Zaragoza, Spain in September. This prison has been using film to rehab prisoners since 1918...and they have had an in-house filmmaking program since 2005, supported by leaders in the Spanish filmmaking industry. AND, for those of you not in the Big House, you'll be able to see the film ...

Through the Pane" to play Fesancor in Chile!

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"Through the Pane" was chosen from 2,012 entries to play Fesancor in Santiago de Chile from October 24-31, 2016. Helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on her father's memoir chapter about his acceptance of her mother's death. The pair were happily married for 62 years. Cinematography and editing are by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. The film was scored on the guitarviol by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. Gregory's score has been nominated for the Peer R...

"Through the Pane" in Cortos Por Caracoles!

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"Through the Pane" has been invited to screen out of competition in the Off Caracoles section of the Cortos Por Caracoles Film Fest in Seville, Spain for September 3-10, 2016. Helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on the memoir chapter by her father, Donald G. Westlake, about his acceptance of her mother's death. It was shot/edited by Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. The score was provided by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs, and is currently representing the USA in the ...

"Through the Pane" to play London with Portobello Film Festival!

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"Through the Pane" will play the Portobello Film Festival in London, UK on September 5th, 2016. Helmed by Dawn Westlake and based on a memoir chapter by her father Donald G. Westlake, "Through the Pane" was shot/edited by Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig and scored by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. Gregory was recently nominated for the Peer Raben Music Award for the film's score by SoundTrack_Cologne in Germany. For more info and to see a trailer: http://dawnwestlake.com/ronde...

"Through the Pane" accepted to FerFilm Fest in Kosovo!

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"Through the Pane" will play the FerFilm Fest in Ferizaj, Kosovo from September 2-6, 2016. Helmed by Dawn Westlake and based on a memoir chapter by her father Donald G. Westlake, "Through the Pane" was shot/edited by Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig and scored by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. Gregory was recently nominated for the Peer Raben Music Award for the film's score by SoundTrack_Cologne in Germany. For more info and to see a trailer: http://dawnwestlake.com/rondecana/...

"Through the Pane" to play Flimmer Film Fest in Sweden!

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"Through the Pane" has been invited to screen at Flimmer Film Festival in Norrkopping, Sweden from September 30-October 9, 2016. This is the FIRST time in the 16-year filmmaking career of helmer Dawn Westlake that a film of hers has been screened in Sweden! Based on the memoir chapter written by Westlake's father of his acceptance of her mother's death, "Through the Pane" has now been invited to 24 festivals and has won Best Director and Best Documentary awards in Sp...

Peer Raben Music Award nomination for "Through the Pane"!

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GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs has been nominated for the Peer Raben Music Award from SoundTrack_Cologne in Koln, Germany for his score for "Through the Pane". The film will be presented at SoundTrack_Cologne on August 27, 2016. Helmed and written by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on the memoir chapter of her father, Donald G. Westlake, about his acceptance of the death of her mother. Donald & Helen Gum Westlake were very happily married for 62 years. GC Johnson's tracks were ...

"Through the Pane" to play Video Festival VIDEOMEDEJA!

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"Through the Pane" has been selected to the 20th International Video Festival VIDEOMEDEJA that takes place in the Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, in Novi Sad, Serbia from October 21st - 23rd, 2016. Based on the memoir chapter by Donald G. Westlake about his acceptance of his wife's death, the film was helmed by his daughter, Dawn Westlake. Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of ImatgeBarcelona filmed/edited and provided visual effects. GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs provided an original g...

"Through the Pane" wins Best Documentary/Young Jury Award at A Corto di Donne!

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"Through the Pane" has won the Best Documentary/Young Jury Award at the A Corto di Donne Film Festival in Pozzuoli (Naples), Italy. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on the memoir chapter by her father, Donald G. Westlake, about his acceptance of the death of her mother in 2012. The film was shot in Westlake's childhood home in Wheaton, Illinois, USA in September 2015. Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of ImatgeBarcelona was DP/Editor and did visual effects. A guitarviol ...

"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...

"Through the Pane" to tour Iraq with Samawa Cinema!

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"Through the Pane" will tour Iraq with Samawa Cinema July 18-22, 2016. Director Dawn Westlake is particularly honored by this opportunity to participate in one of Iraq's four film festivals because it is her belief that culture promotes empathy...which in turn curbs violence. "Through the Pane" is based on Donald G. Westlake's memoir about his acceptance of his wife's death. They were very happily married for 62 years. Cinematography/Editing/VFX were executed b...

"Through the Pane" to have African Premiere!

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"Through the Pane" will have its African premiere at the Rwanda Film Festival in Kigali, Rwanda July 22-29, 2016. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on the memoir chapter of Donald G. Westlake, the director's father. A guitarviol scored was performed by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. Johnson's music was recently featured in Tom Tykwer's "A Hologram for the King", starring Tom Hanks. Cinematography/Editing & Special Effects on "Through t...

"Through the Pane" selected to RATMA Film Fest in the UK!

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"Through the Pane" has been accepted to the documentary section of the 2016 RATMA Film Festival in Keighley, UK for July 16th, 2016. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, "Through the Pane" is based on the memoir chapter of the director's father about his acceptance of her mother's death. Cinematography and editing/visual effects were provided by Imatge Barcelona's Pol Carrizo Vilarroig. An original score was composed by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. For more info ...

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 A Corto di Donne in July!

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Out of 700 entries from 70 countries, "Through the Pane" will represent the USA and is one of only 6 documentaries in competition at A Corto di Donne Film Festival in Pozzuoli, Italy, July 14-17, 2016. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on the personal memoir of her father, Donald G. Westlake. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona filmed and edited in Westlake's hometown of Wheaton, Illinois, USA. A score was provided by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. (G...

"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" selected to Shorts@Fringe in the Azores!

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"Through the Pane" has been selected to Shorts@Fringe in the 2016 Azores Fringe Festival for June 1-30, 2016. Helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on a memoir chapter written by her father, Donald G. Westlake, about the acceptance of his wife's death four years ago. The film was shot/edited by Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. "Through the Pane" was scored by Acoustic Labs' Gregory Johnson (whose music can be heard on the soundtrack for Tom Tykwer'...
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