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


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"Through the Pane" to tour Mexico!

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"Through the Pane" will tour Mexico with TODOS SOMOS OTROS in Mexico, November 8-13, 2016. The film was chosen from 908 entries from 51 countries. TODOS SOMOS OTROS will visit theaters in Mexico City, Veracruz, Puebla, Yucatan, Toluca & Queretaro. 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/edited by Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelon...

40th Fest for Through the Pane!

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AtlantiDoc Festival in Atlantida, Uruguay is the 40th festival selection for "Through the Pane". The film will play there between December 6-10, 2016. Helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on the memoir chapter by her father Donald G. Westlake about his acceptance of his wife's death. They were happily married for 62 years. The film was shot on the Canon6D by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. Carrizo-Vilarroig also edited and did special effects. "Through the Pa...

Through the Pane wins SPECIAL JURY PRIZE at Fesancor Festival in Chile!

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"Through the Pane" won the Special Jury Award for International Documentary at the 24th annual Fesancor Film Festival in Santiago, Chile. This is the fourth award for the film out of 6 international nominations. http://fesancor.cl/premiacion-2016/ The jury's comments: Spanish: "El corto se destaca por su lenguaje poético y delicadeza expresiva que nos transportar a las reflexiones y sentimentos de sus personajes." English: "The film is notable for its ...

"Scrappy" to have World Premiere in the UK!

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"Scrappy", a new film from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc., will have its world premiere on November 10th, 2016 at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse in Cambridge, England with Reel Women UK. The night of films will focus on USA election issues. "Scrappy" was selected by Reel Women UK because of its treatment of the issue of gun violence in the United States. Helmed by Dawn Westlake, "Scrappy" is based on a real-life incident from her father, Donald G. Westlake's chi...

"Games People Play" to play Cinemistica!

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"Games People Play" was chosen out of 3000 entries from 46 nations to play Festival de Cinemistica in Granada, Spain from November 16-December 17, 2016. This is the 42nd festival acceptance for this dark comedy, filmed in the style of a Sergio Leone spaghetti western. Helmed/written/produced by Dawn Westlake, the film was shot on the CanonC500 and edited by Jon Carr. GC Johnson, nominated for the Peer Raben Music Award at SoundTrack_Cologne for Westlake's 2015 film "THROUGH T...

Two More Fests for "Through the Pane"!

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"Through the Pane" has been accepted to two festivals for the month of November, bringing the total to 39. The film will play the Davis Film Festival in Davis, CA, USA on November 6th, 2016. It was also chosen from over 3000 entries from 46 nations to play the Festival de Cinemistica in Granada, Spain from November 16-December 17, 2016. "Through the Pane" is based on the memoir chapter by Donald G. Westlake about his acceptance of his wife's death. They were very happil...

Fest #37 for "Through the Pane"!

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"Through the Pane" will have its French premiere at the Festival du Film de Famille in Saint-Ouen, France on November 19th, 2016. This is the 37th festival acceptance for the filn. Helmed and directed by Dawn Westlake, "Through the Pane" is based on a memoir chapter by Donald G. Westlake about his acceptance of the death of his wife of 62 years. The original score by GC Johnson was nominated for the Peer Raben Music Award in Cologne, Germany in August. The film was shot and...

"Through the Pane" in Twickenham Alive Film Fest!

"Through the Pane" played the Twickenham Alive Film Festival in the UK on October 2nd, 2016. This is the 36th festival acceptance for "Through the Pane". Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on the memoir chapter by her father about his acceptance of the death of her mother. They were very happily married for 62 years. The film was shot on the Canon6D by Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. Pol also edited and did visual effects. "Through the ...

"Through the Pane" to play Colombia!

"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!

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!

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, Cat...

"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...
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