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Director: Sampsa Huttunen.
A documentary about hard drug users and people working among them. What happens when 'Vinkki', a social and healthcare counselling centre in Helsinki, closes its doors due to a lost contract.
 

"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" 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" 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...

"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!   ...

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...

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...

"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

Director: Dawn Westlake.

On this final afternoon of living the high life, a Man and a Woman struggle silently to clear the air in a house that’s completely underwater.

"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&...

Fest #33 for Covariance is San Gio in Verona!

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"Covariance" will play the San Gio Film Festival in Verona, Italy July 23-27, 2013. This is the 33rd festival acceptance for the 2011 short film made with the generous support in the camera department from Canon USA, Inc. Directed by Dawn Westlake and starring David Razowsky, the film has been nominated for awards in Brazil, Rwanda, South Africa and Canada. For more information: http://www.dawnwestlake.com ...

DOWN AND OUT IN CANNES

Director: KATHY HILL.

 

Shot in a week by a lone woman filmmaker but based on a year's research, this moving, funny Grey Gardens/Maysles Brothers/cinema verite style doc explores the life of Ian and Robin, two alcoholic ex-pats living in a squat next to millionaire yachts during the glamorous film festival.  Life mirrors art as the filmmaker accidentally becomes homeless during shooting and turns the camera on herself. 

Festival 25 for "Covariance"!

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"Covariance" received its 25th festival acceptance today from the 38th annual Filmets: Badalona International Film Fest in Spain (near Barcelona) for November 16-25, 2012. This is a special festival for filmmaker Dawn Westlake as she was an exchange student in Barcelona in 1980, and she considers Catalunya to be a second home. For more information on "Covariance", please consult http://www.dawnwestlake.com ...

24th Festival for "Covariance"!

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"Covariance" received its 24th festival acceptance from the 63rd annual Mostra Internazionale di Film in Montecatini, Italy for October 25-27, 2012. The film stars David Razowsky and Dawn Westlake. Cinematography was by Francesco Uboldi. Editing by Brandon Bondehagen. Original music was provided by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. The film has so far received three nominations for Best Film at festivals in South Africa, Brazil and Rwanda, and a nomination of Best Act...

23rd Acceptance for "Covariance"!

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"Covariance" will play the Portobello Film Festival in London, England on Sat., Sept. 8th, 2012. This is the 23rd festival acceptance for the film. Portobello Film Festival is held at Westbourne Studios in London, and admission is free to all people over 18 years of age. For more info, please consult http://www.portobellofilmfestival.com For more info on the film, and to see a trailer: http://www.dawnwestlake.com  ...

Another Nomination for "Covariance"!

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"Covariance" was nominated Best Short Film at the 2012 Rwanda International Film Festival in Kigali last week.  http://www.hillywood.org/ This is the third such nomination for the film. It received Best Film nods at the Cape Winelands Film Fest in Capetown, South Africa in March, and Best Digital Film and Best Actress nominations at the Art Deco Film Fest in Sao Paulo, Brazil this month. For more info on the film, please visit http://www.dawnwestlake.com ...

Two Nominations for "Covariance" in Brazil!

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"Covariance" has been nominated for two awards by the jury of the 2012 Art Deco Film Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The 13.5-minute film which explores the fantasies of two gambling addicts has garnered nods as Best Digital Capture Film and Best Actress for Dawn Westlake. http://www.festivalartdeco.blogspot.com/p/indicacoesnominations.html Westlake was named a Canon Platinum Filmmaker in 2002. She made "Covariance" with generous support in the camera d...

Festival #22 for "Covariance"!

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"Covariance" (2011/USA/13.5 mins.) received its 22nd film festival acceptance from Sao Paulo, Brazil for the Art Deco Film Festival, July 2-21, 2012. The film stars David Razowsky and Dawn Westlake. Cinematography is by Francesco Uboldi. 2nd Unit/DIT/Editing by Brandon Bondehagen. The film was generously supported in the camera department by Canon USA, Inc. and was shot on three Canon 5D Mark IIs. For more info and to see a trailer, please visit: http://www.dawnwestlake.com...

Eregli Uluslar Kisa Film Festival to screen 2 Ron de Cana films!

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Eregli Uluslar Kisa Film Festival in Konya, Turkey will screen both "Covariance" (2011) and "A.L.I.C.E."(2010) in their festival, 13-15 July 2012. Both films were made with the generous support in the camera department from Canon USA, Inc. and were shot entirely on location on the Canon 5D Mark II. For more information about the films and to see trailers, please visit: http://www.dawnwestlake.com    ...

Festival #20 Takes Producer 'Back to One'

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"Covariance" will screen in the main competition of Porto7 International Short Film Festival of Oporto, Portugal from June 13-17, 2012. http://www.porto7.com/selected-short-films-for-competition/ This is the 20th festival acceptance for the film. Ron de Cana Productions began its short film production career in Porto (and environs) in 2000 with "Mini Driver Project". For more information of Ron de Cana's films, please visit: http://www.dawnwestlake.com  ...

Festival #19 for "Covariance"!

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"Covariance" will screen in the Video on the Beach section of the Kino Otok Isola Cinema Festival in Isola (and later Ljubljana), Slovenia from May 30-June 6, 2012. This is the 19th festival acceptance for the film, which has now played on 5 continents. For more information, and to see a trailer, please visit: http://www.dawnwestlake.com/dawnwestlake/rondecana/films/covariance/index.html ...

CinemAvvenire Official Selection

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Here we are in the Official Selection list for CinemAvvenire in Rome...and seemingly, we're the only American film accepted: http://www.cinemavvenire.it/attivita/3-cinemavvenire-video-festival-la-selezione-ufficiale For more info on "Covariance", and to see a trailer: http://www.dawnwestlake.com/dawnwestlake/rondecana/films/covariance/index.html ...

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