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The Bellwether

Director: Christopher Morrison.

In The Bellwether, to the outside world Joanne (Reid) is just a bookstore owner, but The Conspiracy knows different. She is dangerous. She is a bellwether: a quiet leader who is well on her way to being her whole self. When they kidnap her to break her, to make her conform, they discover that Joanne is something so much more than even she ever knew. The Conspiracy locks Joanne in a 13th century chapel and she communicates with her 'operator' only through text and images shown a television. In order to break her, they work on her hidden pain, the fact that she had an abortion four years ago. After standing up to the mental torture, the Conspiracy goes even farther; impregnating her and trying to force her to have the baby. At the moment when she is about to give in she will either break, or everything will change, for herself and for the Conspiracy.

FROM ON HIGH accepted to 50th festival!

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FROM ON HIGH has just been accepted to its 50th festival! It will play the Portobello Film Festival at The Muse, 269 Portobello Road in London, UK on December 8th at 6pm. Admission is free. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced by her Ron de Cana shingle, FROM ON HIGH tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. The film has won 11 awards, in the USA, the UK, Spain, Brazil, and 7 awards in Italy, including Best Cinematography for Pol Carrizo Vilarroig o...

FROM ON HIGH wins BEST DRAMA at RATMA Film Festival!

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FROM ON HIGH won the Best Drama Award at the RATMA Film Festival in Keighley, UK this evening. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, FROM ON HIGH tells the story of a Syrian girl who finds a better life in Europe. This is the 10th award for FROM ON HIGH and the 65th award for films produced by Westlake's Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. shingle since 2000. DP/Editor Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona won a Best Cinematography Award for FROM ON HIGH during the summer from Festival Carpine...

FROM ON HIGH needs your vote!

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FROM ON HIGH is up for the People's Choice Award at the 2018 RATMA Film Festival in the UK. YOU can watch the film and vote for a limited time! Please give us a look (just 8 mins!) and a thumbs up here BEFORE October 13th! https://youtu.be/nc-w6bvKbxQ For more info on the film, please visit: http://dawnwestlake.com/rondecana/films/fromonhigh/index.html ...

FROM ON HIGH in Top 3 of Drama Category at RATMA Film Festival!

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FROM ON HIGH will be projected in the 2018 RATMA Film Festival in Keighley, UK on October 13, 2018 as one of the Top 3 films in the Drama Category out of more than 300 entries. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced by her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, the film is about a young Syrian girl who finds a better life in Europe. It marks the professional acting debut of 11-year-old actors Zoe Pinell Lopez and Esteve Serra Coll. FROM ON HIGH has now been accepted to 43 festivals worldwi...

Experience World Premiere of Big Air VR with 5 time X Game Medalist winner Elliot Sloan, 3D and 360 from Taiwan, UK, US and Ger

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Experience World Premiere of Big Air VR with 5 time X Game Medalist winner Elliot Sloan, 3D and 360 from Taiwan, UK, US and Germany at 9th Annual New Media Film Festival New Media Film Festival a festival notable for “making the cutting edge accessible” by Huffington Post, this year’s programming ­features 110 new media films and content from 40 countries with 36 world-7 US and 24 LA Premieres is about to be live again. The 9th annual New Media Film Festival’s is a...

SCRAPPY wins the People's Choice Award at RATMA!

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"Scrappy", helmed by Dawn Westlake, based on her father Donald G. Westlake's Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem of the same name, has won the People's Choice Award at the RATMA Film Festival in Keighley, UK. The film is based on a real-life anecdote from Donald's childhood when he had to stand up to the culture of gun violence in the USA. "Scrappy" was shot on location in Pine Mountain, CA, USA and edited in Los Angeles by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig. An origin...

Frying tonight!

Though based in High Wycombe ,the Third Edition of the highly independent Fisheye Film Festival ventures to nearby Beaconsfield tonight with a special screening inside the cinema of the famed National Film and Television School (recently complimented in the Hollywood Reporter as the top international film school) of the remarkable and multi-award-winning strange romance God's Own Country. The film has just won another two top awards, at the Dinard Festival of...

London Film Fest comes with exciting Screen Talks

The 61st BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® is delighted to announce additional Screen Talks with BAFTA-winning and Academy-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal, four-time Academy Award-nominated actor Annette Bening and critically acclaimed director Lucrecia Martel alongside previously announced guest, director Takashi Miike.  The Festival’s acclaimed Screen Talks series welcomes some of the most exciting international actors and directors in contemporar...

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...

Scrappy to play London in Portobello Fim Festival!

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"Scrappy" has been selected to play the Portobello Film Festival in London on September 8th in the 6-11p block in the Muse Gallery, 269 Portobello Road. Admission is FREE! "Scrappy" is based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake. His daughter Dawn Westlake adapted the poem to the screen and directed/produced under her Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. banner. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona filmed on location in Pine Mountain and Los A...

"Scrappy" to have World Premiere in the UK!

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"Scrappy", a new film from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc., will have its world premiere on November 10th, 2016 at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse in Cambridge, England with Reel Women UK. The night of films will focus on USA election issues. "Scrappy" was selected by Reel Women UK because of its treatment of the issue of gun violence in the United States. Helmed by Dawn Westlake, "Scrappy" is based on a real-life incident from her father, Donald G. Westlake's chi...

World of Film Festival Glasgow 2017: Submissions Open

The submissions for the 4th edition of the World of Film International Festival in Glasgow, Scotland are now open. The very earlybird submitters can send their short and feature films across the three main sections of the festival - First Features & Shorts Competition, Female Perspective & Focus on Balkan Cinema.  Films can be exclusively submitted via Film Freeway by clicking on the link below.    ...

WoFF Glasgow wraps third edition

The third edition of the World of Film Intrenational Festival in Glasgow, Scotland wrapped this Sunday, awarding First Features, Women Directors and Balkan filmmakres across their three main sections.  This year's festival moved a step further by supporting the project of preserving and refurbishing the oldest Music Hall in the city of Glasgow - Britannia Panopticon where the majority of the events were held.  In collaboration with NisiMasa: The European Network of Young Cinema...

WoFF 2016: The Awards

WoFF: World of Film International Film Festival has just wrapped up this year’s edition at Glasgow’s Britannia Panopticon Music Hall. The 2016 members of the jury Colin Kennedy, Bruno Chatelin and Laurie Gordon, who unanimously confirmed their excitement about this year’s official selection of the festival are announcing the following awards: - Best Feature Film: Tierra Caliente by Laura Plancarte | with a special mention to Get Happy by M...

WoFF 2016: Line-up and Schedule announced

World of Film International Festival has announced full line-up and Schedule for the third edition of the festival, coming up September 29th to October 2 in Glasgow, Scotland.  This year’s selection of feature and short films includes a variety of international entries across all three main festival sections - First Features and Short Film Competition, the Female Perspective Competition and the newly introduced Focus on Balkan Cinema.  Highlights include Get Happy by Manoj An...

"Through the Pane" to play London with Portobello Film Festival!

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"Through the Pane" will play the Portobello Film Festival in London, UK on September 5th, 2016. Helmed by Dawn Westlake and based on a memoir chapter by her father Donald G. Westlake, "Through the Pane" was shot/edited by Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig and scored by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. Gregory was recently nominated for the Peer Raben Music Award for the film's score by SoundTrack_Cologne in Germany. For more info and to see a trailer: http://dawnwestlake.com/ronde...

"Through the Pane" selected to RATMA Film Fest in the UK!

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"Through the Pane" has been accepted to the documentary section of the 2016 RATMA Film Festival in Keighley, UK for July 16th, 2016. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, "Through the Pane" is based on the memoir chapter of the director's father about his acceptance of her mother's death. Cinematography and editing/visual effects were provided by Imatge Barcelona's Pol Carrizo Vilarroig. An original score was composed by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. For more info ...

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DAWN at the Henry Miller Library!

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NIGHT OF THE LIVING DAWN is a night of short film curated by director/writer/producer/actress Dawn Westlake for the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, CA. Westlake will be showing her films "Dottie: The Little Girl with the Big Voice" (animated/2002) & "Through the Pane" (doc/2015), along with films by Adnan Zandi (Iran), Phil Lepherd (UK), Ruben Sainz (Spain) and others... When: Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 8p-10:30p Tickets by donation...$0 - $20 suggested For more info...

70th Edinburgh FF to close with Whisky Galore!

Edinburgh International Film Festival is delighted to announce that the much anticipated remake of the iconic Scottish comedy Whisky Galore! will close the 70th edition of the festival on Sunday 26th June 2016. Inspired by Sir Compton Mackenzie’s 1947 novel, Whisky Galore! is written by award-winning screenwriter Peter McDougall and based on the true story of a shipwreck off the coast of Eriskay of a ship sailing for America with a cargo of export-only alco...

WoFF 2016: Dates and Film Submissions

  In 2016, WoFF: World of Film International Festival Glasgow returns for its third edition with great energy and ideas, generated from a wonderful 2015 festival. The 2016 festival will be held September 29 to October 2.  Film Submissions now open on Film Freeway. Submit here to benefit from Early Bird fees.  Our focus remains on independent cinema from all around the globe, by showcasing the work of first feature filmmakers and female directors in our two main sections, Firs...

London FF 2015: Simon Stone on his debut feature The Daughter

Simon Stone is mostly known for his work in theatre. His adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s The Wild Duck received great reviews, characterised as a ‘searing modern-day tragedy’ after its Barbican premier last year. In The daughter, Stone adapts the original script for the big screen, creating a tantalising family drama, set in rural Australian countryside. Geoffrey Rush stars as local factory owner Henry, whose son Christian (Paul Schneider) returns after years of absenc...

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.

World of Film International Film Festival 2015 – AWARDS

World of Film International Film Festival 2015 – AWARDS  WoFF: World of Film International Film Festival has just wrapped up this year’s edition at Glasgow’s CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts. The 2015 members of the jury Lizelle Bisschoff, Basharat Khan and Laurie Gordon, who unanimously confirmed their excitement about this year’s official selection of the festival are announcing the following awards: Best Short Film: Tom in America by ...

WoFF 2015 Starts today with great talent presence

(opening film still: How To stop a Wedding by Drazen Kuljanin)  WoFF 2015 kicks off today with numerous filmmakers coming to Glasgow from Italy, Sweden, Mexico, Portugal and all around the UK to celebrate indendent cinema and a multistranded programme, counting more thna 40 short films and 5 feature films.  For full programme visit the website: www.woffglasgow.com or the Box Office page.  The festival's Opening Ceremony Red Carpet with the UK premiere of the opening ...
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