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"terroir" on Short List for Best Music Video Award in Estonia!

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"terroir" has made the short list of Best Music Video nominees for the 2020 Unprecedented Cinema International Festival of Short Films in Tallinn, Estonia. Originally scheduled for April, the festival has now been postponed to September 4-6, 2020 due to the COVID19 pandemic. Written/helmed and sung by Dawn Westlake, "terroir" explores the mother-child relationship and how it can sometimes cloud our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. The fil...

POOLING: one of 5 nominees for Best Foreign Film at Festival de Cinema de Tres Passos!

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BREAKING in Brazil: POOLING is one of 5 films competing for Best Foreign Film at Festival de Cinema de Tres Passos in Brazil, November 7-9, 2019. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, and produced by her Ron de Cana Productions, Inc., "Pooling" was choreographed and performed by Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros. Opening and closing animation was done by Dismas and GrissyG Lizarraga of GrisDismation. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot, edited and did visual effects. An o...

"From On High" selected to Cinema en Liberte!

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"From On High" has been selected as the sole representative of the United States in the 7th annual Cinema en Liberte Festival in Toulon, France. The film will be screened on June 17, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, "From On High" is about a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It was shot/edited in Catalunya by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original score was provided by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. Johnson was the 2016 Peer Raben ...

From On High selected to play opening night of Festival de Cortos La Fila!

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"From On High" will represent the USA on the opening night of the 22nd annual Festival de Cortos La Fila in Valladolid, Spain, April 16-20, 2018. The film is about a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It marks the professional acting debut of 11-year-olds Zoe Pinell Lopez and Esteve Serra Coll. The film was helmed/written/produced by Dawn Westlake and shot/edited by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original score was written/recorded by 2016 Peer Raben...

Scrappy to rep the USA in the Vittoria Peace Film Fest!

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"Scrappy" will represent the USA in the Vittoria Peace Film Festival in Vittoria, Italy, from December 12 to 15, 2016. Based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake, "Scrappy" recounts a real-life incident from Dr. Westlake's childhood when he stood up to the gun culture in the US. The film was helmed by Dawn Westlake and shot by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona on a C300 provided by Canon USA, Inc. Carrizo-Vilarroig also edited a...

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 ...

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" 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 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...

"Through the Pane" to have Asian Premiere in Beijing!

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"Through the Pane" will have its Asian premiere in the documentary section of the Beijing International Film Festival in Beijing, China April 16-23, 2016. The film is based on the memoir chapter written by director Dawn Westlake's father about the acceptance of his wife's death. Donald and Helen Gum Westlake were happily married for 62 years. "Through the Pane" won the Best International Director prize for Westlake in February at the film's premiere in the 38th an...

"Games People Play" accepted to Moab Film Festival in Utah!

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Dawn Westlake's "Games People Play" received its 38th film festival acceptance this week at the Moab International Film Festival in Moab, Utah, USA for November 20-23, 2015. According to a festival press release dated October 28th, 2015: "Highlights among the short film selections include Dawn Westlake's 'Games People Play',a darkly comic piece on the power of words that she says 'makes a plea for the return to sincerity...using irony.' Choosing from ...

"Games People Play" selected to the 2015 Azores Fringe Festival!

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"Games People Play" has just been selected to the 2015 Azores Fringe Fest in Madalena do Pico, Acores, Portugal. The film stars David Razowsky, Mark Jacobson and Dawn Westlake, and was shot in the style of a Sergio Leone western by Jon Carr on Canon's C500. The original score was provided by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs, an Alvarez-featured guitarist. For more info on the film and to see a trailer, please visit: http://dawnwestlake.com/rondecana/films/gamespeopleplay/index.htm...

"Games People Play"

Director: Dawn Westlake.

A married couple vow never to speak another cross word, but playing some is not off the table.

"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...
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