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"Touch" wins BEST DOCUMENTARY at Diogenes 2020: Stay Home & Make Movie Festival

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 "Touch" has won the BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD at the Diogenes 2020: Stay Home & Make Movie Festival out of Tbilisi, Georgia on July 3, 2020. Written and presented by 91-yr-old retired metallurgist and poet Donald G. Westlake, the film was directed/edited by his daughter Dawn Westlake, as they were both self-isolating during the COVID19 pandemic, 2001 miles apart. Westlake used family films going back to the early 1900s to illustrate her father's story about the importance of...

"Touch" featured in WE ARE MOVING STORIES

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"Touch", the film made in self-isolation between a 91-yr-old father and his daughter while in self-isolation 2001 miles apart, has been featured in WE ARE MOVING STORIES in an interview between publisher Carmela Baranowska and Dawn Westlake, the director/producer/editor of "Touch". http://www.wearemovingstories.com/we-are-moving-stories-films/2019/1/17/touch   ...

"Touch" - a new film by my 91-yr-old father while in self-isolation

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"Touch" is a film made in self-isolation by a 91-year-old father and his daughter, 2001 miles apart. Written by Donald G. Westlake in late March 2020, "Touch" was *filmed* using the Zoom meeting app between Donald in a Chicago suburb and his daughter, director/writer/producer/actress Dawn Westlake, in Los Angeles, CA USA. To see "Touch" with English subtitles: https://filmfreeway.com/projects/1919700 "Touch" has already been accepted to the RATMA Self-I...

"Through the Pane" to play Detroit in Purgatory!

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"Through the Pane" will play the Purgatory Film Exhibition in Detroit, Michigan, USA on March 12, 2017. Helmed by Dawn Westlake, the short film is based on the memoir chapter by her father, Donald G. Westlake, which deals with his acceptance of her mother's death. They were very happily married for 62 years. GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs scored the film. (He was nominated for the Peer Raben Music Award at SoundTrack_Cologne in Germany in August 2016.) "Through the Pane" ...

Through the Pane wins BEST SHORT DOC award in Athens!

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"Through the Pane" won the Best Short Documentary Award at the Athens International Digital Film Fest in Greece on February 8, 2017. This is the 5th award for the film out of 8 nominations. Helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on her father's memoir chapter about his acceptance of his wife's death. They were very happily married for 62 years. "Through the Pane" was shot/edited by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. It was scored by GC Johnson of Acousti...

Through the Pane receives 42nd set of laurels!

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"Through the Pane" will play the Athens International Digital Film Festival in Greece from the 2nd-8th February 2017. This is the 42nd festival selection for the 2015 short film directed by Dawn Westlake and based on her father's memoir chapter about his acceptance of the death of her mother. The film has garnered 6 nominations and won four awards in festivals in Spain, Chile, and two in Italy. Composer GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs was nominated for the Peer Raben Music Award at t...

"Through the Pane" has its South American premiere in Brazil!

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"Through the Pane" had its South American premiere at the Arraial Cine Fest in Porto Seguro, Brazil on February 29th, 2016. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, based on a memoir chapter by her father, Donald G. Westlake, the film was shot and edited by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. The original score is by Alvarez-featured guitarist GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. For more info on Arraial Cine Fest: http://jornaldosol.com.br/index.php/cultura/1400-comeca-a-8-edicao-do-arrai...

IFFI Goa 2015, Festival Diary V

IFFI Goa 2015, Festival Diary V Continuing short reviews of films, seen at the 46th International Film Festival of India. (See Festival Diary I, II, II and IV for more coverage) Father (Babai): Germany/Kosovo/Republic of Macedonia: Visar Morina Leaving the narrative open and blending real-time and flash-forward cost the otherwise praiseworthy film the wider appreciation it deserved. Just one seamless insertion had many viewers wondering what happened. Was it all a dream? Or was just that s...

Website for "Through the Pane" is launched!

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The official website for "Through the Pane", a new short film from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. in Los Angeles, is now live! http://dawnwestlake.com/rondecana/films/throughthepane/index.html 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...

Theatrical Trailer for Ethan - director's cut is posted on filmfestival.com

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The theatrical trailer for  Ethan - director's cut has been posted on filmfestivals.com and can be viewed by going to the "Users Video" section which is located in the right hand column. ...

"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 Peru!

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More good news from South America for Ron de Cana Productions' "Found Objects", directed by Dawn Westlake! The film will play El Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes (FENACO) in Cusco, Peru November 13-16, 2013. This is the 13th festival acceptance for "Found Objects". The film was shot by Brandon Bondehagen on Canon's C300. It was scored by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. For more info on the film and to see a trailer, please visit: http://www.dawnwestlake.com/...

"Found Objects" to play Portobello Film Fest LONDON!

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"Found Objects",written and directed by Dawn Westlake, will play the Portobello Film Festival at Westbourne Studios, London on Sat., 14th September, 2013. 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 role in "Nobody Walks", the 2012 Sundance Film Fest Producer's Award winner. The film won the Best Screenplay Award at the 2013 CinemAvven...

"Found Objects" to have US premiere!

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"Found Objects" is set to have its US premiere at the Johnstown Film Festival in Johnstown, PA on September 6th, 2013. The film stars 5x Emmy Award winner Joey D'Auria, Emanuele Secci from George Clooney's popular Italian fastweb.it spot, and British actress Jo-Anne Krupa. It was shot on the Canon C300 by Brandon Bondehagen. For more info on the film, please visit: http://www.dawnwestlake.com For more info on the festival: http://www.jaha.org/FilmFestival/Friday2013.html ...

Found Objects (trailer)

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The trailer for Ron de Cana Productions' 2012 film, "Found Objects", has just been launched. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xm3bWZEJ5BU&list=UUZX_4bVlNcS97wDb85Zp4wg&index=1&feature=plcp The film is 11 mins. 38 seconds, and stars Jo-Anne Krupa, multiple Emmy Award-winner Joey D'Auria, Emanuele Secci (from Lena Dunham's 2012 Sundance Film Fest Award winner "Nobody Walks"), Dawn Westlake & Derek Graf. Brandon Bondehagen was DP/Editor; 1st AC was Ezra...

Found Objects: A New Film from Ron de Cana Productions

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Principal photography on Ron de Cana Productions' 14th short film wrapped last week in Los Angeles. The new piece is called "Found Objects". It was shot with the generous support of Canon USA, Inc. on their C300 with a rig designed by cinematographer Shane Hurlbut ("Act of Valor"). "Found Objects" is written/produced/directed by Dawn Westlake. Cinematography is by Brandon Bondehagen. Location sound is provided by Amanda Beggs and Saif Parkar. "Fou...

Papa's Tango

Director: Michiel van Jaarsveld.
Hannah’s parents are divorced. Her father is from Argentina and her mother is Dutch. Hannah is a dreamer. She loves to dance and adores her father. For Hannah dancing and her father are two things that belong together. Her father Nano feels miserable in The Netherlands ever since he divorced Hannah’s mother. He is homesick and wants to go back to his family and friends in Buenos Aires. But leaving The Netherlands also means saying goodbye to his daughter. After the divorce of her parents Hannah’s mother started a relationship with a new man. He lives with them now. Hannah gets along with him, yet she misses her father a lot. By listening to her father’s tango music she can still dance with him in her mind.

LEAP BEFORE YOU LOOK

Director: Stephane Goldsand.
Faced with his wife's desire to become a mother, a filmmaker goes on a quest to find out how people decide to have kids and identify the sources of his own hesitation. What emerges is an intimate story, peppered with humor and poignancy, where memories and present moments converge in an effort to redefine a couple's future. LEAP BEFORE YOU LOOK is a first-person short documentary that combines various storytelling styles, including vérité, interviews, narration, animations and family archival material.

A Russian Tale of Return and Redemption

 Friday, August 31---------One of the most powerfully acted and beautifully shot films of the Festival has its International Premiere this evening at the Montreal World Film Festival. OTETS (Father) is a Russian film by director Ivan Solovov that is set in the weeks after the end of World War II, when a Russian soldier returns to his life and family, after the glories and comaraderie of war.Although the deprivation and death of World War II is over, the terrible ordeal of adjusting to normal li...
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