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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 )   ...

GoPro footage featured in Drive Sessions 7!

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GoPro footage shot by Ron de Cana Productions' Dawn Westlake in Arizona and Utah in January 2015 was featured in Drive Sessions 7, the latest release on Acoustic Labs' Music for Film channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wRf7jIDHLw Westlake traveled to the Grand Canyon by rail from Williams, AZ on January 21st and then drove in the Navajo Tribal Park of Monument Valley, UT later in the month to get the footage, using the GoPro Hero3 and Hero3+ on a car mount. For more of Drive Sess...

"Games People Play" selected to the 2015 Azores Fringe Festival!

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"Games People Play" has just been selected to the 2015 Azores Fringe Fest in Madalena do Pico, Acores, Portugal. The film stars David Razowsky, Mark Jacobson and Dawn Westlake, and was shot in the style of a Sergio Leone western by Jon Carr on Canon's C500. The original score was provided by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs, an Alvarez-featured guitarist. For more info on the film and to see a trailer, please visit: http://dawnwestlake.com/rondecana/films/gamespeopleplay/index.htm...

"Games People Play" selected to 2015 Tripoli Film Fest!

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"Games People Play" has been selected to the 2015 Tripoli Film Fest in Tripoli, Lebanon for April 30-May 7, 2015. Helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film was shot on the Canon C500 by Jon Carr, who also edited and did VFX. The film stars David Razowsky and Mark Jacobson, along with Westlake. The original score was provided by Alvarez-featured guitarist Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. For more info on "Games People Play" and to see a trailer, please visit: http://dawnwestlake.co...

"Games People Play" to play Germany...again!

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"Games People Play" was selected out of over 1500 entries to play in the Independent Days '15 Film Festival in Karlsruhe, Germany for April 22-26, 2015. This is the third screening in Germany for the film. "Games People Play" was helmed and written by Dawn Westlake and produced under her Ron de Cana Productions banner. It was shot on the Canon C500 by Jon Carr through the generosity of Canon USA, Inc. "Games People Play" has an original score by Gregory Johnson...

"Games People Play" to play India...again!

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"Games People Play" will play India... again! This time in Kannur at the Plumeria Film Fest from Feb. 2-4, 2015. This is the 13th selection for "Games People Play", on 5 continents. For more info about the film and to see a trailer, please visit: http://www.dawnwestlake.com ...

Interviewed in Italian after Amarcort Film Festival!

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After the 2014 Amarcort Film Festival where Dawn Westlake's "Over A Cheever" series of four films inspired by the life and works of John Cheever were screened in an honorary session at Cineteca di Rimini on December 6th, Dawn was interviewed by Italian journalist Enrico Zoi, a guest of the festival from his native Florence. The interview was published online on January 5, 2015: http://www.esserciweb.it/cinema/dawn-westlake-vivo-sogno-cinema/ (Photo credit: Fabio Ceccarelli) For mo...

"Games People Play" selected to Rafi Peer Int'l Film Fest in Pakistan!

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"Games People Play" has been selected to the Rafi Peer International Film Festival in Lahore, Pakistan for Dec. 25-27, 2014. This is the 11th film festival acceptance for this latest production by Ron de Cana Inc. in Los Angeles. Helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film stars David Razowsky and Mark Jacobson, along with Westlake herself. "Games People Play" was shot on the CanonC500 and edited on Adobe Premiere by Jon Carr. Original music was scored by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic La...

"Games People Play" a Roma (Overlook 2014--CinemAvvenire Film Festival)

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"The Martini Effect" & "Games People Play" will be presented at the CinemAvvenire Overlook 2014 Festival in Rome, Italy on Dec. 19th & 20th, 2014. "The Martini Effect" is on 19 Dec 2014 at 3pm at Roma Meeting Center, Sala San Giorgio, Largo Dello Scautismo 1. "Games People Play" is 20 Dec 2014 at 5:15pm at Roma Meeting Center, Sala San Giorgio, Largo Dello Scautismo 1. Entrance to both projections is free! For more info: http://www.cinemavvenir...

"The Martini Effect" a Roma (Overlook 2014--CinemAvvenire Film Fest) SCHEDULE

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"The Martini Effect" & "Games People Play" will be presented at the CinemAvvenire Overlook 2014 Festival in Rome, Italy on Dec. 19th & 20th, 2014. "The Martini Effect" is on 19 Dec 2014 at 3pm at Roma Meeting Center, Sala San Giorgio, Largo Dello Scautismo 1. "Games People Play" is 20 Dec 2014 at 5:15pm at Roma Meeting Center, Sala San Giorgio, Largo Dello Scautismo 1. Entrance to both projections is free! For more info: http://www.cinemavvenir...

"Games People Play" returns to Germany for screening in Nuremberg!

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"Games People Play" was selected to another German festival! It plays December 5-6, 2014 in the 24 Hour Film Fest Nuremberg. Filmed in the style of a Sergio Leone 'spaghetti western', "Games People Play" director Dawn Westlake received the news of this new screening just after watching the Luca Verdone doc on Sergio Leone currently playing at the Amarcort Film Festival in Rimini, Italy. "Games People Play" was shot in Los Angeles on the CanonC500 by Jon Car...

"Games People Play" scores 9th festival on 5th continent!

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"Games People Play" was just selected to its ninth festival, the Barossa Film Festival in Barossa, Australia. This is the Pacific/Australia premiere for the latest film by Ron de Cana Productions' Dawn Westlake. The film was shot on the Canon C500 by Jon Carr and scored by Acoustic Labs' Gregory Johnson. David Razowsky and Mark Jacobson star in the film, along with Westlake herself. To learn more about "Games People Play" and to see a trailer, please visit: http://da...

BOTH "The Martini Effect" & "Games People Play" at Siliguri Int'l Film Fest in India!

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Both "The Martini Effect" (2013) and "Games People Play" (2014) from Ron de Cana Productions were presented at the 5th annual Siliguri International Film and Documentary Festival in Siliguri, West Bengal, India from November 15-17th, 2014. The films were written and helmed by Dawn Westlake. Music for both was composed by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. Canon USA, Inc. provided the C300 for the realization of "The Martini Effect". DP was Brandon Bondehagen. The C5...

"The Martini Effect" plays Greece...again!

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"The Martini Effect" returns to play in Greece in December, after a successful run at the Thess Film Fest in Thessaloniki in October. The film was just selected to the Athens International Digital Film Festival which runs from 1-10 December 2014. This is the 21st film festival acceptance for "The Martini Effect". For more info on the film and to see a trailer: http://dawnwestlake.com/rondecana/films/themartinieffect/index.html ...

Games People Play wins 3rd Place at the Riverside Saginaw Film Festival!

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Ron de Cana Productions' "Games People Play" won bronze at the Riverside Saginaw Film Fest in Michigan, USA on Sat. November 8, 2014. First place was taken by Oscar nominee "Luminaris" with 2nd place captured by festival darling "Electric Indigo". "Games People Play" was helmed by writer/director Dawn Westlake. Jon Carr shot the film on the CanonC500 and edited on Adobe Premiere. "Games..." was scored by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. The...

"Games People Play" competes with "Electric Indigo" and Oscar-nominated "Luminaris" in US festival

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"Games People Play" is a finalist for the grand cash prize in the Riverside Saginaw Film Festival in Saginaw, Michigan, USA running November 6-9, 2014. Amongst the nine finalists with "Games People Play" are the multi-lauded international hits "Electric Indigo" from Jean-Julien Collette and the Oscar-nominated "Luminaris" from Juan Pablo Zaramella. This is the US premiere for "Games People Play" which has been previously selected for festivals i...

"Games People Play" to have South American premiere at FENACO Peru

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Breaking news from Peru! Ron de Cana Productions' "Games People Play" will also play the FENACO International Film Festival in Cusco, Peru November 12-15, 2014. Earlier, it had been announced that Ron de Cana's "The Martini Effect" would be presented in this year's international competition. With two films vying for prizes, director/producer/writer Dawn Westlake will be in attendance at the festival. "Games People Play" was shot on the Canon C500 by Jon...

Cortos Verdes interviews Dawn Westlake

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Dawn Westlake was recently interviewed by Cortos Verdes Internacional, an online cinema magazine out of Mexico. To read the full interview (in Spanish) click here: http://cortosverdes.blogspot.mx/2014/11/dawn-westlake-directora-productora.html   ...

"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...
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