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Dawn Westlake's blog


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


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"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...

"Games People Play" selected for 2014 MultiFest in Mexico!

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"Games People Play" has just been selected to MultiFest in Jalisco, Mexico for October 1-4, 2014. The dark comedy shot in the style of a Sergio Leone spaghetti western was written/directed by Dawn Westlake and shot/edited by Jon Carr. Canon USA, Inc. provided their C500. The score was composed by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. "Games People Play" features LA-based comedic actors David Razowsky & Mark Jacobson, along with Westlake. For more info on MultiFest: http://mi...

"The Martini Effect" will play Egypt!

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"The Martini Effect" will play the Cairo Video Festival in Egypt November 5-19, 2014. The film, which deals with the economic and emotional crisis in a couple's life when they face foreclosure on a home in which they are "underwater", stars Emanuele Secci and Dawn Westlake. Voiceover narration is by David Razowsky and Susan Messing. Underwater photography in Barbados was provided by Secci Films. Above ground, the film was in the masterful hands of DP/Editor Brandon Bondeh...

"The Martini Effect" to play Fesancor in Chile!

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"The Martini Effect" has been selected to screen in the 22nd annual Fesancor Film Fest in Santiago, Chile in October. (It has been renamed "El efecto martini" by the festival director.) http://fesancor.cl/nominados/ The film features underwater cinematography by Secci Films (on location in Barbados) and above ground work by Brandon Bondehagen, on location in Los Angeles and Malibu. For more info on the film and to see a trailer, please visit: http://dawnwestlake.com/rondeca...

"The Martini Effect" selected for Silver Wave!

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"The Martini Effect" will have its Canadian premiere at the Silver Wave Film Festival in Fredericton, NB, Canada on November 8, 2014. Directed/written/produced by Dawn Westlake, the film stars Emanuele Secci and Westlake, with narration by David Razowsky and Susan Messing. "The Martini Effect" was shot by Brandon Bondehagen on the C300, provided by Canon USA, Inc. A guitarviol played by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs scored the picture. For more info and to see a trailer, ...

"The Martini Effect" to close the Johnstown Film Fest

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"The Martini Effect" will close the Johnstown Film Festival in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA on September 6, 2014. For more info, please visit: http://jaha.org/FilmFestival/Saturday2014.html   ...

The Martini Effect to open the Portobello Film Fest in London!

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"The Martini Effect" will open the Portobello Film Fest in London on August 28th at 7pm! Admission is free! For more info, please visit: http://portobellofilmfestival.com/2014/aug28-kph.html The film was written and directed by Dawn Westlake and produced under her Ron de Cana Prods. shingle. The film was shot by Brandon Bondehagen on Canon's C300. Starring Emanuele Secci, Dawn Westlake, David Razowsky and Susan Messing, the film is a non-linear portrait of a relationship in crisis...

"Games People Play" to have World Premiere at Chaplin Comedy Fest!

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"Games People Play", the latest film from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. and writer/director Dawn Westlake, will have its world premiere at the Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Fest in Waterville (County Kerry), Ireland on August 22, 2014. Starring Westlake, David Razowsky, and Mark Jacobson, the film was shot on the Canon C500 by Jon Carr. Editing, visual effects and color correction was also performed by Carr who did the night sky and stars time-lapse seen globally on the current Coldplay ...

Ron de Cana's Dawn Westlake on A.D.D. Comedy podcast w/ David Razowsky!

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Dawn Westlake, president of Ron de Cana Prods., Inc., was the guest of David Razowsky on the A.D.D. Comedy podcast, produced by Ian Foley, on August 4, 2014. David's chat with the LA-based independent filmmaker runs 50 minutes and can be listened to for free via iTunes, right here: tinyurl.com/m9368l5   For more info on David Razowsky, please visit: davidrazowsky.com   For more info on the A.D.D. Comedy podcast, please visit: addcomedy.com   For mo...

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 ...
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