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Visionaria Festival in Siena to project TWO Westlake films in October...

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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 Martini Effect" plays Greece...again!

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"The Martini Effect" returns to play in Greece in December, after a successful run at the Thess Film Fest in Thessaloniki in October. The film was just selected to the Athens International Digital Film Festival which runs from 1-10 December 2014. This is the 21st film festival acceptance for "The Martini Effect". For more info on the film and to see a trailer: http://dawnwestlake.com/rondecana/films/themartinieffect/index.html ...

"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" at FENACO Peru; Director Dawn Westlake to attend!

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"The Martini Effect" has been selected to compete in the international program of the 2014 Fenaco Peru Film Festival held in Cuzco, from November 12-15, 2014. Director/producer/writer Dawn Westlake will be in attendance. The film was shot on the Canon C300 by Brandon Bondehagen in Los Angeles and Malibu. Underwater photography in Barbados was provided by Secci Films. "The Martini Effect" was scored on the guitarviol by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. For more info on the f...

"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" selected for Silver Wave!

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"The Martini Effect" will have its Canadian premiere at the Silver Wave Film Festival in Fredericton, NB, Canada on November 8, 2014. Directed/written/produced by Dawn Westlake, the film stars Emanuele Secci and Westlake, with narration by David Razowsky and Susan Messing. "The Martini Effect" was shot by Brandon Bondehagen on the C300, provided by Canon USA, Inc. A guitarviol played by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs scored the picture. For more info and to see a trailer, ...

"The Martini Effect" to close the Johnstown Film Fest

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"The Martini Effect" will close the Johnstown Film Festival in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA on September 6, 2014. For more info, please visit: http://jaha.org/FilmFestival/Saturday2014.html   ...

The Martini Effect to open the Portobello Film Fest in London!

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"The Martini Effect" will open the Portobello Film Fest in London on August 28th at 7pm! Admission is free! For more info, please visit: http://portobellofilmfestival.com/2014/aug28-kph.html The film was written and directed by Dawn Westlake and produced under her Ron de Cana Prods. shingle. The film was shot by Brandon Bondehagen on Canon's C300. Starring Emanuele Secci, Dawn Westlake, David Razowsky and Susan Messing, the film is a non-linear portrait of a relationship in crisis...

A Second Selection from Colombia for "The Martini Effect"!

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A second selection came from Colombia for "The Martini Effect" in one day! The film will play out of competition in the International Cinema Panorama at El Saman Festicine Video Imagen in Viterbo Caldas, September 4-7, 2014. For more info on "The Martini Effect", please visit: http://dawnwestlake.com/rondecana/films/themartinieffect/index.html   ...

"The Martini Effect" to have South American premiere in Colombia!

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"The Martini Effect" will have its South American premiere at the Festival Internacional de Cine de Santander in Colombia August 4-9, 2014. Directed/written/produced by Dawn Westlake, the film stars Emanuele Secci and Westlake, with voiceover narration by David Razowsky and Susan Messing. "The Martini Effect" is the story of a couple living large above the surface, while completely "underwater" on their house. The film was shot by Brandon Bondehagen on Canon's ...

Two California Screenings in August for "The Martini Effect"!

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"The Martini Effect" will have two screenings in California in August. The film's first stop is the Davis Film Festival in Davis, CA on August 10th, 2014. The next weekend, it has its Los Angeles premiere at the California African American Museum in the CAAM Screenings, August 16-17, 2014. The film was shot on the CanonC300 by Brandon Bondehagen. It features Emanuele Secci, Dawn Westlake, David Razowsky and Susan Messing. "The Martini Effect" has a breathtaking musical s...

"The Martini Effect" to have African premiere in Hillywood!

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"The Martini Effect" will have its African premiere in the Rwanda Film Fest in Kigali July 12-18, 2014. The festival's theme this year is Reflection. Special kudos to the film's DP/Editor Brandon Bondehagen who effectively pulled off 'reflective' shots in the piece involving mirrors, glass and water. "The Martini Effect" was shot on the C300 provided by Canon USA, Inc. To see the complete list of RFF selected films: http://rwandafilmfestival.net/RFF_2014_offi...

"The Martini Effect" to play India!

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"The Martini Effect" will screen in the Jagran Film Festival in New Delhi in July and in Mumbai in September, 2014. The festival is organized by Jagran Prakashan Limited, a media company. This is the South Asian premiere for "The Martini Effect". The film was helmed by Dawn Westlake and shot on the Canon C300 by Brandon Bondehagen. The film stars Emanuele Secci, Dawn Westlake, David Razowsky and Susan Messing. For more info and to see a trailer, please visit: http://dawnwest...

"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...

Clips from "The Martini Effect" Make Official Cluj Shorts Teaser!

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Clips from "The Martini Effect", a film by Dawn Westlake, starring Emanuele Secci, Dawn Westlake, David Razowsky and Susan Messing, made the Official Teaser for the 2014 Cluj Shorts International Film Fest: http://youtu.be/KBUfwbWnI3k (Dawn Westlake as WOMAN is at the :26 mark; Emanuele Secci & Dawn Westlake as MAN & WOMAN are kissing at the 1:28 mark.) Out of 605 entries, 52 films made the official competition. "The Martini Effect" is one of them. It unspools on Fri...

Cluj Shorts, Mersi! from "The Martini Effect"

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It never rains in California? It pours. Man, it pours!! Here is a hello-thankyou ("Mersi!" is thank-you in Romanian) video I did at Cluj Shorts' invitation since I can't attend the fest personally later this month in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. ;-) Original music from the film is "Discovered in Darkness" by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs.  https://vimeo.com/88020694    For more info on "The Martini Effect" and to see a trailer, please visit: ...

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...

"The Martini Effect" at Cluj International Short Film Fest!

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"The Martini Effect" will play the Cluj International Film Festival in Cluj-Napoca, Romania March 27-30, 2014. This is the fifth film fest acceptance for the new film from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc and director Dawn Westlake. 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 Producers' Award-winning film "Nobody Walks". Music for "The Martini Effect" is by Gregory Jo...

"The Martini Effect" to play Colorado!

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"The Martini Effect" plays the Grand Junction Film Festival in Colorado on February 15th, 2014. The list of selected short films is here: http://www.gjfilmfest.org/SELECTION.html Directed by Dawn Westlake, "The Martini Effect" features Emanuele Secci, Dawn Westlake and narrators David Razowsky and Susan Messing. The film was shot on the Canon C300 with Cineprime lenses in Los Angeles and Malibu, with underwater photography in Barbados and Puerto Rico. For more info on the 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...

"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...

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&...

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