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The first and largest mental health film festival in the world, Rendezvous with Madness (RWM), presented by Workman Arts (WA), returns to TIFF Bell Lightbox alongside the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema and Workman Theatre from November 6 - 14 for its 23rd edition. The nine-day festival showcases 20+ programs with almost 40 feature and short films, a multi-media installation exhibition and full day symposium with a spotlight on television and addiction.
The festival kicks off at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St West on Friday, November 6, with the World Premiere of Swift Current - the electrifying saga of former hockey star Sheldon Kennedy. From hotshot young prospect to shattered alcoholic to high profile advocate for victims of sexual abuse – Kennedy's story is given potent documentary treatment by director Joshua Rofé, who creates an intensely affecting case for a culture that still has a long way to go when it comes to acknowledging both the frequency and the impact of the exploitation of the most vulnerable by those in positions of power. Special guests Rofé and Kennedy will participate in an in depth post-screening discussion. On Saturday, November 7 at the Workman Theatre, 651 Dufferin Street our annual symposium Transfixed: Addiction and TV takes place and will include three panels addressing the symbiotic relationship between digital media and addiction. Screenings continue on Sunday, November 8 with the remainder of the festival taking place at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King Street West, Monday - Saturday, November 9 - 14.
Most screenings are followed by a discussion with artists, mental health professionals and/or people with lived mental health experience. RWM presents powerful, entertaining and compelling images of mental health from around the world. These diverse viewpoints capture the global discussion surrounding mental health and encourage the breakdown of stigma across many cultures.
Ron de Cana Productions' "Games People Play" has been accepted to the 23rd ALTER-NATIVE International Short Film Festival in Targu Mures, Romania for November 4-8, 2015. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film stars David Razowsky, Mark Jacobson and Westlake, herself. This is Westlake's 7th film collaboration with David Razowsky. Their first collaboration, the animated short "Dottie: The Little Girl with the Big Voice", won the Broadcast Prize at the 2003 editio...
Berlin/Rio de Janeiro, October 03, 2015:
The International Uranium Film Festival Berlin ended with glamour and stars from the German cinema. Film director Marcus Schwenzel received in Berlin the Uranium Film Festival’s Yellow Oscar 2015 for his movie "Seven Years of Winter". Together on the stage were Casting Director Uwe Bünker from Berlin and famous German actor Roman Knizhka who is one of the leading actors of Marcus Schwenzel´s Chernobyl movie.
Visionaria Film Festival in Siena, Italy has just accepted "Games People Play" (2014) and "The Martini Effect" (2013) from Ron de Cana Productions for their 22nd edition, October 8-17, 2015. Both films were written and helmed by Dawn Westlake. "Games People Play" was shot on the Canon C500 by Jon Carr. "The Martini Effect" was shot by Brandon Bondehagen on the C300. Both cameras were provided by Canon USA, Inc. because Westlake was named a Canon Platinum F...
The official website for "Through the Pane", a new short film from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. in Los Angeles, is now live!
It was designed by director Dawn Westlake and programmed by Jason Luckett. The site features more info about the 6:21 film, media (trailer, behind-the-scenes reel, stills), comments, and cast-crew bios. A festival list will be kept updated as selections come in.
"Through the Pane" was...
Newcastle Chinese Film Festival
When: 1 Oct-3 Oct
Where: Tower CInemas, 183-185 King St, Newcastle NSW 2300
Tickets: $10 Per Film
The Nightingale: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v-zb7VgF3vBQ
An old Chinese farmer decides to journey from Beijing to his rural hometown to honour the promise he made to his late wife to bring back the bird that has been his only companion in the city. His takes along his spoilt grand-daughter Renxing, an 'olny child' brought up in the lap of lu...
"Games People Play" returns again to Mexico for the 2015 Post Mortem Festival in Aguascalientes, Mexico October 1-4, 2015.
A dark comedy shot in the style of a Sergio Leone spaghetti western, this is the third festival acceptance in Mexico in a year's time. Helmed and written by Dawn Westlake, the film stars David Razowsky, Mark Jacobson and Westlake herself. The film was shot on the Canon C500 by Jon Carr. An Ennio Morricone-esque score was provided by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs...
Interview by Martin I. Petrov
Piero Messina is born in Sicily and has worked as an assistant director alongside Paolo Sorrentino for This must be the night and The great beauty (La Grande Bellezza). The wait is his first feature film and premiered in competition at the 72nd Venice Film Festival. The film was selected for the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival, where we met the director for an interesting chat on his first directoria...
Stonewall, dir. by Roland Emmerich, US, 2015
“You ran away? You got kicked out? You feel lost? Welcome to New York!” is the welcoming line that takes us down to Christopher street in Greenwich village, where it all started.
Danny (Jeremy Irvine), a young teenager who just escaped family and hometown after his peers discover he is a homosexual, arrives in New York City to study at Columbia. Only that Danny’s nature brings him straight to the right place. ...
"Through the Pane" is the latest short film from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. Shot on the Canon 6D and edited in Adobe Premiere Pro by Barcelona-based DP/Editor Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona, the film was made in Wheaton, IL, USA in the childhood home of director/producer Dawn Westlake. Based on a memoir chapter by Dawn's father Donald G. Westlake, "Through the Pane" features the 87-year-old sharing his cosmic perspective on the death of his beloved wife of 6...
Demolition, dir. by Jean-Marc Vallée, US 2015
By Martin I. Petrov
A normal man’s reaction to his wife’s tragic death would be grief and depression. For Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal), is a chance to rediscover his own self in a loud, tragelaughic and destructive emotional torpedo, involving a lot of… deconstruction.
Davis is a successful investment banker who suddenly loses his wife in a car accident. No matter how hard he tries to adapt...
"Games People Play" has been selected to the 23rd annual Festival Chileno Internacional de Cortometrajes de Santiago for October 19-26, 2015. The festival office received over 2500 entries. "Games People Play" was one of only two US films to be chosen for the international section. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film stars David Razowsky, Mark Jacobson and Westlake, herself. The film was scored by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. Jon Carr filmed on Canon's C500. Car...
ARY Films has created its place in the filmmaking industry & is quickly pacing up to accomplish new models; hence, they are ready to organize ARY Film Festival at the end of this year. ARY Films aims to culture the art of filmmaking in Pakistan through ARY Film Festival. The festival will provide its participants with a platform where they will be challenged with projects and exercises and will get a chance to expose their work to the world.
The submissions for the...
We're accepting films to our 3rd year! We will boast 7 days of independent cinema from all over the world in a modern theater in the heart of the world-famous arts distrcit in North Hollywood, California! All genres accepted. Awards given in multiple categories. Check us out at www.nohocinefest.com. We are on Withoutabox and Film Freeway!
The Insight Film Festival cordially invites you to "Shooting the Truth", an evening of Insight award-winning short films (from the UK and around the world) and Q&A discussion at 7.30 pm on 20 October 2015 at Rich Mix in Bethnal Green, London. Admission is free. (Rich Mix programme page | tickets | map)
60 Second Intl. Film Festival is providing people with a platform where they can showcase their work at a global level and voice their thoughts in the form of a film.
Submissions for the following categories are open:-
8. Interactive Art.
9. Vision 2020.
Submission Rules & Procedure
"Games People Play" was accepted to another US festival this week. It will play the Johnstown Film Festival in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on September 11th, 2015. Helmed and written by Dawn Westlake, the film stars David Razowsky, Mark Jacobson and Westlake herself. The film features an Ennio Morricone-esque score by Pennsylvania native GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs.
For more info on the film and to see a trailer, please visit: http://dawnwestlake.com/rondecana/films/gamespeopleplay/index....
ARY Films aims to make the filmmakers focus on demonstrating extraordinary films that both enthrall and illuminate the audience.
Submissions for the following categories are open:
1. Short Film (5 Mins – 60 Mins)
2. Feature Film (60 Mins and above)
3. Documentary – Short Film (5 Mins – 40 Mins)
4. Documentary – Feature Film (40 Mins and above)
Bring in fresh ideas, participate in the festival & get a chance to engage with people having a powe...
Out of 400 submissions, "Games People Play", a noir comedy written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, will represent the USA in Ferizaj, Kosovo in the FerFilm Fest September 2-6, 2015. The film was shot on the CanonC500 by Jon Carr who also did the editing and vfx. "Games People Play" stars David Razowsky, Mark Jacobson and Westlake herself and features an original score by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs.
For more info on the film and to see a trailer, please visit: http://dawnwestla...
"Games People Play" will unspool in London in the Portobello Film Fest on September 10th, 2015 at 6:30pm. Admission is FREE!
The noir comedy was written/helmed by Dawn Westlake and stars David Razowsky, Mark Jacobson and Westlake, herself. An Ennio Morricone-esque score was provided by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. Johnson will next be heard on the score for the Tom Tykwer-helmed and Tom Hanks-starrer "Hologram for the King", based on the Dave Eggers novel.
For more info on ...
The Azure Lorica Foundation presents FanFilm Awards
Originally a premiered at Ninja-Con 2015, FanFilm Awards is returning for it's first anniversary as a film festival. Showcasing fan-made films, screenplays, and much more!
FanFilm Awards is currently accepting the following submission categories:
Full Length Films
Full Length/Short Screenplays
For more information, please visit us: www.fanfilmawards.com
: Manuel Camacho.
Bea is an immature 16 year old teenager who lives with her mother in a suburb of a large city. Bea just enjoys life and she has fun with her best friend Sandra. No matter what happens around her. But one day will appear a 7 year old mysterious girl called Candela. Thereafter Bea's life will change, beginning a process of maturity, while a strong relationship between the two states. But, who is Candela?
"Games People Play" has been accepted to the film competition in the San Gio Film Festival in Verona, Italy for July 23-27, 2015. This is the 22nd festival acceptance for the film written and directed by Dawn Westlake of Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. in Los Angeles. "Games People Play" was shot on the Canon C500 by Jon Carr. Carr also edited and provided visual effects. The film was scored by Alvarez-featured guitarist Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. "Games People Play...
"Games People Play", a comedy written and directed by Dawn Westlake and produced by Ron de Cana Productions in Los Angeles, has been selected to the 2015 Anonimul Film Festival in St. Gheorghe, Romania for August 17-23, 2015.
The film stars Second City veteran David Razowsky, Mark Jacobson, and Westlake herself. Shot on the CanonC500 by Jon Carr, the film was scored by Alvarez-featured guitarist Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs.