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Dawn Westlake's blog


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


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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!   ...

"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...
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