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


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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!   ...

"The Martini Effect" trailer in competition at Krakow!

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My trailer for "The Martini Effect" was invited into the competition at Krakow...Would love to get a vote or two from you all here in the filmfestivals community: http://trailers.krakowfilmfestival.pl/en/menu/trailers/-/trailers/0/the%20martini%20effect "The Martini Effect" stars Emanuele Secci, known in Italy for his fastweb spot with George Clooney, and in the US for his fine ensemble work in the 2012 Sundance Producer's Award winner, "Nobody Walks", scripted...

Cluj Shorts, Mersi! from "The Martini Effect"

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It never rains in California? It pours. Man, it pours!! Here is a hello-thankyou ("Mersi!" is thank-you in Romanian) video I did at Cluj Shorts' invitation since I can't attend the fest personally later this month in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. ;-) Original music from the film is "Discovered in Darkness" by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs.  https://vimeo.com/88020694    For more info on "The Martini Effect" and to see a trailer, please visit: ...

Early Acceptance in Kosovo

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"The Martini Effect" by Dawn Westlake has received an early acceptance from FerFilm Festival in Ferizaj, Kosovo for July 2014. Shot & edited by Brandon Bondehagen on Canon's C300, the film was scored by Alvarez-sponsored guitarist Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. "The Martini Effect" stars Emanuele Secci, Dawn Westlake, David Razowsky & Susan Messing. It was shot on location in Los Angeles, Malibu, Puerto Rico and Barbados in 2013. For more info and to see a tra...

From Berlinale to Brazil!

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Dawn Westlake is featured in Roberto Christo's blog on February 13, 2014: http://robertochristo.blogspot.com.br/ Translation: Long live Dawn Westlake! Only a few people can make a living in art and culture, even with incentive laws and government edicts (like in Brazil) such a task sometimes seems impossible. But everyone in the world faces such hurdles, especially those who are just starting out. Getting sponsorship is difficult in times of economic surplus, so just imagine during crisis...

Dawn Westlake Featured in Berlinale Edition of WORLD OF SHORTS Magazine!

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Daazo - European Film Centre of Budapest, Hungary released the 2014 Berlinale edition of their WORLD OF SHORTS Magazine this week. Featured along with BAFTA-shortlisted filmmaker Toby Fell-Holden of the UK, Sorayos Prapapan of Thailand, Christina Grosan of Romania/Hungary, Joonas Makkonen of Finland, and Toma Waszarow of Bulgaria, Dawn Westlake of the USA answered the question "Why Make Short Films?" To read all the responses, pick up the magazine at the Berlinale Film Festival and tur...

"The Martini Effect" at Cluj International Short Film Fest!

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"The Martini Effect" will play the Cluj International Film Festival in Cluj-Napoca, Romania March 27-30, 2014. This is the fifth film fest acceptance for the new film from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc and director Dawn Westlake. The film stars Emanuele Secci, known in Italy for his fastweb spot with George Clooney and in the US for his ensemble work in the 2012 Sundance Producers' Award-winning film "Nobody Walks". Music for "The Martini Effect" is by Gregory Jo...

"The Martini Effect" to play Colorado!

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"The Martini Effect" plays the Grand Junction Film Festival in Colorado on February 15th, 2014. The list of selected short films is here: http://www.gjfilmfest.org/SELECTION.html Directed by Dawn Westlake, "The Martini Effect" features Emanuele Secci, Dawn Westlake and narrators David Razowsky and Susan Messing. The film was shot on the Canon C300 with Cineprime lenses in Los Angeles and Malibu, with underwater photography in Barbados and Puerto Rico. For more info on the f...

"Found Objects" to play Melbourne!

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"Found Objects" will play Westside Shorts in Melbourne, Australia on January 14, 2014 at 8p. For more info, please visit: http://www.angryproductions.org/ "Found Objects" is winner of the Best Screenplay Award at the 2013 CinemAvvenire Film Fest in Rome, Italy. The film stars British actress Jo-Anne Krupa, 5x Emmy Award winner Joey D'Auria, and Emanuele Secci, known in Italy for his fastweb spot with George Clooney and in the US for his ensemble work in the 2012 Sundance...

Ron de Cana Film Portal

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Ron de Cana Productions and filmmaker Dawn Westlake are pleased to announce the launch of http://dawnwestlake.com/ a new film portal for the distribution of Ron de Cana films by download and DVD compilation. Touch down and click around, won't you? http://dawnwestlake.com/ ...

Download Films from Ron de Cana Productions!

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Just in time for holiday travel, Ron de Cana Productions is making a majority of their film library available for download! Make those plane, train and automobile rides just a little shorter...with film! https://sellfy.com/rondecana Ron de Cana Productions has made 15 films since 2000 in the US, France, Portugal and Spain which have won 44 awards, including honors from Canon USA and JVC-Tokyo. For more info on the films offered in the download channel above, please visit http://www.dawnwestlak...

"Found Objects" to play Canada!

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"Found Objects", starring 5x Emmy Award winner Joey D'Auria, British actress Jo-Anne Krupa, and Emanuele Secci, known for his ensemble work in the 2012 Sundance Producer's Award-winning film "Nobody Walks", will play the Silver Wave Film Fest in Fredericton, NB, Canada November 7-10, 2013. The film was directed/produced/written by Dawn Westlake. It was shot on the Canon C300 and edited on Final Cut Pro by Brandon Bondehagen. Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs scored. F...

Cinema Perpetuum Mobile Film Fest to screen 2 films from Ron de Cana Prods!

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Cinema Perpetuum Film Fest in Minsk, Belarus will screen two films by Ron de Cana Prods.' Dawn Westlake on September 29, 2013. They are "Found Objects" (2012) and the brand new "The Martini Effect" (just released in August 2013). Both films were shot on the Canon C300 and edited by Brandon Bondehagen. Both star Emanuele Secci, known in Italy for his fastweb spot with George Clooney and worldwide for his stand-out performance in the 2012 Sundance Producer's Award-winni...

"Found Objects" to play Peru!

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More good news from South America for Ron de Cana Productions' "Found Objects", directed by Dawn Westlake! The film will play El Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes (FENACO) in Cusco, Peru November 13-16, 2013. This is the 13th festival acceptance for "Found Objects". The film was shot by Brandon Bondehagen on Canon's C300. It was scored by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. For more info on the film and to see a trailer, please visit: http://www.dawnwestlake.com/...

"Found Objects" to play FESANCOR in Santiago, Chile!

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"Found Objects", written and directed by Dawn Westlake, will play the Festival Internacional Chileno de Cortometrajes (FESANCOR) in Santiago, Chile October 17-24, 2013. The festival received 2,026 submissions from 41 countries. "Found Objects" was one of only 4 films accepted from the USA. The film stars British actress Jo-Anne Krupa, 5x Emmy Award-winner Joey D'Auria, and Emanuele Secci, known for his ensemble work in the 2012 Sundance Producer's Award-winner "N...

"A.L.I.C.E." to represent the US in the Fer Film Festival in Kosovo

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"A.L.I.C.E." (2010) will represent the US in the short film competition of the Fer Film Fest in Ferizaj, Kosovo, October 2-6, 2013. This is the 42nd festival acceptance for "A.L.I.C.E.". The film stars Joey D'Auria, Dawn Westlake, Aketza Lopez and is narrated by David Razowsky. Cinematography is by Francesco Uboldi; Editing by Brandon Bondehagen. Original music is by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. For more info and to see a trailer, please visit: http://dawnwestlake.c...

"The Martini Effect" to play in Underwater Film Fest in Serbia!

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There are underwater film festivals from Monterrey to Belgrade...Who knew? Well, now I know...and we've just been accepted to one. "The Martini Effect" will play in Serbia's 17th Annual Underwater Film Fest in Belgrade in December 2013. The film's underwater cinematography was shot by Emanuele Secci in Barbados and provided to Ron de Cana Productions by Secci Films. For more info on "The Martini Effect", please visit: http://www.dawnwestlake.com/rondecana/films/t...

The Martini Effect to have World Premiere in Atlanta!

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"The Martini Effect" will have its World Premiere at the Atlanta Philosophy Film Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, USA October 18-20, 2013. The film stars Emanuele Secci, known in Italy for his fastweb spot with George Clooney, and in the US for his ensemble work in the 2012 Sundance Producer's Award-winning film, "Nobody Walks", penned by Lena Dunham. "The Martini Effect" was shot on land on the Canon C300 by cinematographer Brandon Bondehagen with underwater cinem...

"Covariance" to rep the US at the Baghdad Int'l Film Fest

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"Covariance" by Dawn Westlake will represent the US in the 5th annual Baghdad International Film Festival in Iraq from October 6-10, 2013. The film was made with three 5Ds through the generosity of Canon USA, Inc. Shot by Francesco Uboldi and edited by Brandon Bondehagen, the film stars David Razowsky and Dawn Westlake. Music is by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. This is the film's Middle East premiere and the 33rd festival acceptance for "Covariance". It has been nomin...

"The Martini Effect" is born!

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Ron de Cana Productions in Los Angeles is proud to announce the birth of their 15th film, "The Martini Effect", starring Emanuele Secci, Dawn Westlake, David Razowsky and Susan Messing. The film was shot on location in Los Angeles, Malibu, Barbados and Puerto Rico and features the underwater cinematography of Secci Films. Brandon Bondehagen shot the film on the Canon C300 and edited with Final Cut Pro. The music was scored by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. "The Martini Effect&...

"Found Objects" to play Portobello Film Fest LONDON!

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"Found Objects",written and directed by Dawn Westlake, will play the Portobello Film Festival at Westbourne Studios, London on Sat., 14th September, 2013. The film stars British actress Jo-Anne Krupa, 5x Emmy Award winner Joey D'Auria, and Emanuele Secci, known in Italy for his fastweb spot with George Clooney and in the US for his role in "Nobody Walks", the 2012 Sundance Film Fest Producer's Award winner. The film won the Best Screenplay Award at the 2013 CinemAvven...

"Found Objects" to have US premiere!

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"Found Objects" is set to have its US premiere at the Johnstown Film Festival in Johnstown, PA on September 6th, 2013. The film stars 5x Emmy Award winner Joey D'Auria, Emanuele Secci from George Clooney's popular Italian fastweb.it spot, and British actress Jo-Anne Krupa. It was shot on the Canon C300 by Brandon Bondehagen. For more info on the film, please visit: http://www.dawnwestlake.com For more info on the festival: http://www.jaha.org/FilmFestival/Friday2013.html ...

"Found Objects" to play Athens, Greece!

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"Found Objects" will have its Greek premiere in the Athens International Digital Film Festival, September 7-17th, 2013. The film will be projected in the L.A. (Life n' Art) Theater. "Found Objects" deals with art and fame and how life in art requires some balancing... The film was generously supported in the camera department by Canon USA, Inc. The C300 was provided for the July 2012 production. Cinematography is by Brandon Bondehagen. For more info on the festival: htt...
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