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From On High to have South American premiere with Censurados Film Festival!

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"From On High" will have its South American premiere with Censurados Film Festival in Lima, Peru from April 21-May 27, 2018. It plays the University of Lima on April 25th and Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas on May 9th. "From On High" is about a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It just won MEJOR CORTO/CATEGORIA EUROPEA at the Muestra International de Cortos de Solidario y Sensibilizacion, put on by ONG Mision Humanitaria in Ciudad Real, Spain. The film was shot...

FROM ON HIGH will be closing film at La Lanterna Film Festival!

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FROM ON HIGH will be the closing film at the 2018 La Lanterna Film Festival in Genova, Italy, running March 1, 2018 to May 17, 2018. Written/directed by Dawn Westlake and produced via her Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. shingle, FROM ON HIGH tells the story of a young Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. The film was scored by 2016 Peer Raben Music Award nominee GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. It was shot/edited in Catalunya by Imatge Barcelona's Pol Carrizo Vilarroig. FROM ON...

"From On High" to have Spanish premiere in Ciudad Real!

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Ron de Cana Productions' "From On High" has been selected to MUESTRA INTERNACIONAL DE CORTOMETRAJE SOLIDARIO Y SENSIBIIZACION DE CIUDAD REAL-ESPAÑA running from November 20-30, 2017. The film was written and directed by Dawn Westlake. This will be the Spanish premiere of "From On High", which was shot and edited on location in Collsuspina, La Sala de Sant Llogari and Barcelona, Spain. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona was DP/Editor, and the film was scored...

FROM ON HIGH is Grand Prize Finalist in its World Premiere with Festival del Cinema Corto Corrente!

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FROM ON HIGH, written & directed by Dawn Westlake, and produced by her shingle Ron de Cana Productions, Inc., is a Grand Prize finalist at its world premiere festival, Corto Corrente, in Fiumincino (Rome), Italy. FROM ON HIGH is about a Syrian refugee girl who finds new hope and a new life in Europe. It was shot and edited by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig in Collsuspina, La Sala de Sant Llogari, and Barcelona, Spain. The film was scored by 2016 Peer Raben Music Award nominee GC Johnson of Acoustic ...

"From On High" selected to prestigious Children's Film Festival with Northwest Film Forum/Seattle

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"From On High", the latest film from Dawn Westlake's Ron de Cana Productions, Inc., has been selected to the 2018 Children's Film Forum sponsored by Boeing at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, WA, USA for January 25-February 10. The film is about a young Syrian refugee who finds a home and hope for the future in Europe. It was shot/edited by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona in Collsuspina, La Sala de Sant Llogari and Barcelona, Spain. The original score was compose...

"Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat" at the 55th New York Film Festival

  “For many forward-thinking people, the age of the white male was already over,” reflects curator Diego Cortez in Sara Driver’s documentary Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat. With that Cortez, who co-founded TriBeCa’s iconic Mudd Club, sums up the Downtown New York scene of the late 70s and early 80s. Context is king in this portrait of the artist as young man. Like James Joyce’s Künstlerroman of Stephen Dedalus, ...

Lean On Pete by Andrew Haigh: Press Conference

by Martin I. Petrov  One of the highlights of the competition at the 74th Venice Film Festival is definitely British director Andrew Haigh's new film 'Lean on Pete', starring young US talent Charlie Plummer alongside Chloe Savigny. The film tells the story of a 16 year old Charlie, who grows up with a single dad and yet in a relatively healthy family environment. One day he meets a local race horse owner, who happens to need an apprentice and Charlie soon becomes fascinated w...

Tribeca Spotlight: Director Pappi Corsicato Reveals "Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait"

“Everyone knows about his pajamas, his lifestyle, his art, his movies, but not many people know about his sensitivity and vulnerability,” Italian director Pappi Corsicato recently told me. As you may have guessed, unless you’ve missed four decades of art world chatter, the public persona he was referencing is the painter and filmmaker Julian Schnabel. Corsicato’s aperçu followed our query about the title of his new documentary, “Julian Schnabel: A Private P...

CREATE FILM FESTIVAL

When communities are caught in the depths of conflict and oppression, and survival becomes part of everyday life, why do people continue to create? When arms and air raids, ceasefires and aid fail to bring an end to such situations, what can art offer and what can it change?

CREATE Film Festival seeks to examine and explore the issue of creativity in sites of conflict; to offer a unique opportunity to see not only the different ways in which creativity can fuel change, but the truly exceptional talent that exists in some of the world’s most challenging contexts, where people have to think creatively about everything in order to survive.

Creativity as resistance; as understanding; as peace building; as voice; as messenger; as an alternative. Film In Place of War.

New York Pulse Contemporary Art Fair, 2016

Held at New York’s Metropolitan Pavilion from March 3-6 the eleventh edition of the art fair presented an international showcase of the contemporary art market. The fair is held annually in Miami and New York, featuring established and emerging art galleries. In New York, galleries from Europe, Africa, and the Americas presented more than 120 artists. Four  parallel platform programs were held:  ‘Perspectives’ offered  a series of panel discussio...

12th Jecheon International Music and Film Festival

Jecheon International Music & Film Festival (제천국제음악영화제, JIMFF) strives to be both a celebration of film set in Jecheon City and music for all generations and musical tastes. Jecheon is located in Chungcheongbuk province in central Korea.

Denton Black Film Festival

Films that...Entertain...Educate...InspireThe  2016 Denton Black Film Festival (DBFF) will showcase films that entertain, educate, inspire, and communicate Black American cultural themes to the broader community as expressed through movies and art that reflect cultural mindset and changes through several generations of film-making.  The 2016 Denton Black Film Festival (DBFF) is a month long expo of engaging and entertaining films and events, culminating in a major screening of over 25 award-winning and/or though provoking films January 29-31. The Festival offers programming for the family inspired by the African-American experience.  DBFF seeks to offer the works of local, national and international filmmakers, that often are not seen by a broad audience and may not be recognized through major theatrical release.

46th IFFI screening ‘Pakaram’ by Shankar Debnath revolves round the painterly life

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  ‘Pakaram’  a film by Shankar Debnath revolves around the life of a painter. The central character is a 10 year old boy named Tapu.  Says Debnath:  “ If a man takes hold of every moment he experiences, he can go anywhere with great success and belief  in his heart”. Debnath is a script and fiction writer who is passionate about  art, the reason he made this film.    ...

Jonny: The Shaman of Rust

Director: Massimo Salvato.

'Jonny: The Shaman of Rust' is a gritty, humorous and heart warming documentary about Welsh artist Jonathan Sherwood who suffers with bipolar disorder. The filmed footage follows Jonny over three years (2012-2015) when he has to continuously move as a consequence of Newport city centre's urban transformation into a big shopping mall.

Call for Artists

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Online: http://art-film-festival.com/program-2016/ AVIFF: http://art-film-festival.com/aviff/ AVIFF 2016 Rules ( below ) ...

ARY Film Festival

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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...

NAFiR ~ 'Musical Impressions of a New age Dervish'

Director: Roy Dipankar.

Nima Lavafpour is a travelling musician from Iran, who has had a deep intimate relationship with India. And ever since a child, he has been visiting and re-visiting India to discover his spiritual quest. And on one such visit, he gets to re-discover a memoir.

Taking us back in time (2007) when his band Nafir was a blend of traditional Persian and modern world fusion sounds of the tanboor, khamanche, daf or dafli, with a dash of nu-jazz guitar and steel flute intertwined with howling dervish chants & contemporary vocal styles.

This film is a musical exploration of memoirs of travels, sanguine performances, candid moments and exchange of philosophies reminding us of an age-long spiritual and cultural bond between India and Iran. For those who are following open lines of Sufism outside and beyond any pre-conceived doctrine of law or institutions.

It took 8 years for the filmmaker to shape, form and mould documented evidence into a story that unwraps and explores the Kadiri dervish form of Sufi music (Persia) and an age-long cultural & spiritual Indo-Iranian bond. This film is also a kind of a unique proposition towards building an international exchange of music and expertise between the two great nations of India and Iran, who've left a huge cultural impact on the world...

Cruel birds of dawn

Director: João Toledo.

He wasn't there. Neither could he leave.

Passion For Freedom

 

What we do

 

  1. Create space for artists and writers who discuss subjects omitted in politically correct circles.
  2. Invite people to open and uninhibited discussion. Nothing is more important than critically informed debate. It’s how society has advanced through the ages.
  3. Gather like-minded people creating a network of actively engaged citizens who hold high the value of individual’s freedom.

Who we are

 

Passion for Freedom is a non-governmental and voluntary organization gathering professionals working in arts and media. Our first edition of non-profit Festival took place in 2009 in London. The annual celebration of Freedom takes place in a spacious, contemporary gallery next to the Tate Modern. Last year’s edition showcased artists from 12 different countries carefully selected from hundreds of applications.

Passion for Freedom gives a unique opportunity for artists to openly debate and exercise freedom of speech.

We feel disgusted by the suppression of women and the many-sided attack on our Freedom.

FREEDOM OF WOMEN. FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

PROTECTING IT WHERE IT EXISTS. PROMOTING IT WHERE IT DOESN’T.

Passion for Freedom uses the universal language of art to strengthen humanistic values for the benefit of our societies.

Fountainhead e-Letter, March 2014, Berlin/Germany

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FOUNTAINHEAD® Tanz Théâtre e - Letter March 2014 . Berlin.Germany www.fountainhead-tanz-theatre.de www.blackinternationalcinema.de www.black-international-cinema.com Please send replies to / Bitte senden Sie Antworten an bicdance@aol.com XXIX. 2014 Black International Cinema Berlin May 7-11 "Footprints in the Sand?" Exhibition July1 -...

XXIX. 2014 Black International Cinema Berlin & "Footprints in the Sand?" Exhibition

A Complexion Change
Transnational & Intercultural Diplomacy
An International Media Project (UNESCO)

http://www.blackinternationalcinema.de/BIC14/bic_14.htm
XXIX. 2014
Black International Cinema Berlin

May 7-11


"Pathways to Enlightenment / Wege zur Erkenntnis"

"Footprints in the Sand?" Exhibition
July 1 - August 31, 2014


Venue: Rathaus Schöneberg (city hall), John-F.-Kennedy-Platz,
10825 Berlin/Germany


 

Imperfectu: International Film and Gender Festival

Through film, art, and gender studies, Imperfectu: International Film and Gender Festival celebrates and examines the diversity of gender identities and expressions, as well as of sexual identities and orientations, while embracing varied and alternative feminisms.

Imperfectu explores the infinite possibilities that sex, gender and sexuality fields offer to us, questioning the primacy of the conventions to which the binary gender system and heteronormativity limit us. Furthermore, this festival gives room to feminist expressions that know how to include these infinite possibilities in their discourses.

PLACE

The festival will take place in Tijuana, Mexico.
A selection of the screened works in Tijuana will also be presented in Berlin, Germany.

VENUES

Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT)
Tijuana University CUT
Berlin venue TBD

DATES

The festival will be held from April 1st to 6th, 2014 (Tijuana, Mexico).
The dates for the Berlin screenings will be announced later.

 

MEANING

Through the word “imperfectu” we want to give a new value to the concept of imperfection within the gender studies framework. The “-tu” ending avoids the gender morpheme that in Spanish language is used when the noun “imperfection” becomes an adjective. At the same time, this ending makes a reference to the Spanish pronoun “tú” (“you”) in order to create closeness to the individual.

“Imperfectu” is an invented adjective that seeks identification and fraternity between those who somehow transgress the binary system of sex and gender and heteronormativity and, therefore, are seen as outsiders of “normality” and even as “imperfect beings”. Through this festival, what a binary and heteronormative culture reads as “imperfect” is simply read as “non-normative” and, consequently, considered “normal” and celebrated from a second reading that becomes liberal and intelligent.

 

OBJECTIVES

  • 1. To encourage education, analysis and discussion about the relationship that cinema, art and popular culture maintain with gender studies.
  • 2. To open a cultural space that creates visibility for all those communities whose tendencies are different from the conventional concepts of sex, gender and sexuality.
  • 3. To promote art with a gender focus.
  • 4. To celebrate sexual and gender diversity.
  • 5. To create identification and fraternity among all those individuals whose tendencies are different from the conventional concepts of sex, gender and sexuality.
  • 6. To express alternative feminisms that know how to combine their ideologies and movements and sexual and gender diversity.
  • 7. To include. This festival in any way excludes cisgender communities; on the contrary, it seeks the integration of all types of gender and transgender manifestations.
  • 8. To fight homophobia, lesbophobia, biphobia and transphobia, encouraging acceptance and tolerance of all those individuals whose tendencies are different from the conventional concepts of sex, gender and sexuality. Although all these objectives will have an impact directly on Tijuana society, they will also reach the Baja California and the Mexican societies as well as Spanish speaking and English speaking communities through the festival’s publications.

"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...

"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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