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"Pooling" to play London with Portobello Film Festival!

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"Pooling" will play with 2019 Oscar-winner "Skin" at the Portobello Film Festival in London, UK on September 2nd from 6-10:30p, at Muse, 269 Portobello Road. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake of Ron de Cana Prods, Inc., "Pooling" features the breakdancing/choreography of Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros, the animation of Dismas & GrissyG Lizarraga of GrisDismation and the cinematography/editing/vfx of Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original...

"From On High" to screen in Tunisia, Morocco & Jordan with WOW International Film Festival

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"From On High" has been selected out of 3150 entries from 119 countries to tour Tunisia, Morocco & Jordan with WOW International Film Festival. Written, helmed and produced by Dawn Westlake of Ron de Cana Prods, Inc., "From On High" is about a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It was filmed and edited on location in Barcelona, Collsuspina and La Sala de Sant Llogari, Catalunya, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original score was ...

"Pooling" selected to San Gio Festival in Verona!

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"Pooling" has been accepted to the 25th annual San Gio Film Festival in Verona, Italy for July 23-27, 2019. Written, helmed and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "Pooling" features the dance and choreography of Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros. It was shot/edited and visual effects were done by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original score was composed by Joan Armand Forero of Praxiz. The opening and closing animated sequ...

"Pooling" accepted to MoitaMostra !

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"Pooling" has been accepted to tour rural Portugal with MoitaMostra out of Moita, Portugal from July 29-Aug 3, 2019. Written, helmed and produced by Dawn Westlake, "Pooling" features dancer/choreographer Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros. His older brother Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot, edited and did all visual effects. An original score was composed by Joan Armand Forero of Praxiz. The opening and closing animation was done in the Los Angeles area by Di...

"Pooling" accepted to Film Fest Weiterstadt!

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"Pooling" has been invited to screen at the 43rd annual Open Air Film Fest Weiterstadt in Germany, running August 8-12, 2019. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, and produced under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "Pooling" features the dancing and choreography of Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros fame. Marc also collaborated with Joan Armand Forero of Praxiz to create an original hip hop score. The animated opening and closing sequences were produced by Dismas &...

"Pooling" WINS the Audience Award at Xsection!

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"Pooling" won the Audience Award at the Xsection Festival, celebrating the cross-section of dance, science and film, at the Arts at the Armory complex in Somerville, Massachusetts, USA on June 30th, 2019. This is the first award for this hybrid film, and the 69th award for its director/producer, Dawn Westlake, under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle. "Pooling" features the breakdance and choreography of Marc "Markitus" Carrizo Vilarroig of the world-renowned Brod...

It Must Be Heaven: Elia Suleiman's Quirky Premiere Wowed Cannes Audience

(It Must Be Heaven Premiere, Elia Suleiman, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)  By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   I was lucky to watch the premiere of Elia Suleiman's glorious film with the director, cast and crew in the main theater. There was plenty of applause to go around, which was no shock to me. It Must Be Heaven world premiered in the Grand Theatre Lumiere was an entertaining spectacle that was sparse on dialogue but those familiar with Elia Suleiman's filmwork shoul...

POOLING to compete for Trofeo La Lanterna!

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"Pooling", a breakdance/animation/visual effects film from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. is the ONLY American film competing for the Trofeo La Lanterna in Genoa, Italy. It will play there with Cineclub FotoVideo Genova on April 4th, 2019. Filmed and edited on location in Castellnou and Barcelona, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona, the animation for "Pooling" was done in Los Angeles by Dismas & GrissyG Lizarraga of GrisDismation. An original score was prep...

"From On High" wins PRIX DES LYCEENS at Festival Le Temps Presse!

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"From On High" has won the PRIX DES LYCEENS at the 2019 Festival Le Temps Presse held at the Cinema Publicis on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, France, January 29-February 1, 2019. The President of the Jury was Juliette Binoche. Other jurors were actresses Virginie Ledoyen and Melanie Thierry, astronaut Patrick Baudry, director Safy Nebbou, chef Thierry Marx, and explorer Jean-Michel Costeau. This is the 12th prize and 14th nomination for "From On High". The film is about a Syri...

"Scrappy" wins another Zebrino during Berlin leg of Zebra Fest!

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"Scrappy", based on the poem by Donald G. Westlake, has won another Zebrino Award at the Berlin leg of the Zebra Poetry Film Festival on December 7, 2018. "Scrappy" also won the Zebrino at the Munster-based Zebra Poetry Film Festival back on September 30, 2018. "Scrappy" was helmed and produced by Donald Westlake's daughter, Dawn, who also adapted the original poem for the screen. The film was shot on location in Pine Mountain, California, USA by Pol Carrizo Vil...

FROM ON HIGH wins 9th Award at Religion Today Festival!

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FROM ON HIGH has won the Prayer Award for Excellence in Intercultural Exchange from the Children's Jury of the Religion Today Film Festival in Trento, Italy, October 4-11, 2018. Children from Italy, France, Germany and Israel participated on the festival jury. This is the 9th prize for FROM ON HIGH. Other awards have come in to director/producer Dawn Westlake and her DP/Editor, Pol Carrizo Vilarroig, and her composer, GC Johnson, from the USA, Spain and Italy since the film was made in Catal...

SCRAPPY wins the Zebrino at the Zebra Poetry Film Festival!

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"Scrappy" has won the Zebrino Prize of 500 Euros, donated by Filmwerkstatt Münster, at the 2018 Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Germany last evening. Based on the Studs Terkel Award-winning poem of the same name by the director Dawn Westlake's father, Donald G. Westlake, "Scrappy" tells the story of a little girl's courage when confronted with an adult's momentary lapse in judgment. The story is based on a real-life anecdote from Donald's childhood. It was...

SCRAPPY selected to Muestra Otros Cines in Argentina!

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SCRAPPY has been accepted to Muestra Otros Cines in San Nicolas, Argentina for September 19-23, 2018. Based on the Studs Terkel Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake, SCRAPPY was adapted for the screen and directed by Westlake's daughter, Dawn. It tells the story of a child's ability to stand up to an adult who has a momentary lapse in judgment. The film was shot on location in Pine Mountain, CA, USA by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original score was provided by compo...

GC Johnson wins BEST SOUNDTRACK for FROM ON HIGH from Mediterranean Festival Corto!

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Mediterranean Festival Corto in Diamante, Italy has awarded their 2018 Best Soundtrack prize to GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs for his original score on FROM ON HIGH, a short film written and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced by her Ron de Cana shingle. Johnson was a 2016 Peer Raben Music Award nominee for his score for Westlake's 2015 film THROUGH THE PANE, and he won Best Musical Score for Westlake's A LIFE OF DEATH in 2006 from the Inventaunfilm Festival in Lenola, Italy. FROM ON HIG...

SCRAPPY to play Charlie Chaplin Film Festival in Ireland!

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"Scrappy", a social issue film helmed by Dawn Westlake, based on the Studs Terkel Award-winning poem of the same name by her father, Donald G. Westlake, has been selected to the Charlie Chaplin Film Festival in Waterville, Ireland for August 23-26, 2018. "Scrappy" will play in the Social Commentary section of the festival which unspools on Friday, August 24th at 6pm. "Scrappy" was shot on location in Pine Mountain, CA, USA by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelo...

FROM ON HIGH to play 21st Religion Today Festival in October!

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FROM ON HIGH has been selected to the 21st annual Religion Today Festival in Trento, Italy for October 4-11, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced under her Ron de Cana Productions shingle, the film is about a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. FROM ON HIGH was filmed on location in Barcelona, Collsuspina and La Sala de Sant Llogari, Catalunya, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. He is the winner of the 2018 Carpine d'Argento Award for BES...

FROM ON HIGH to play San Gio Film Festival in Italy and Moita Mostra in Portugal!

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FROM ON HIGH has been selected to the San Gio Film Festival in Verona, Italy for July 23rd and the Moita Mostra in Moita, Portugal for August 4th, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. banner, FROM ON HIGH tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It was shot on location in Barcelona, Collsuspina, and La Sala de Sant Llogari, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. Pol recently won the BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY p...

FROM ON HIGH wins SPIRITUAL AWARD!

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FROM ON HIGH has won the SPIRITUAL AWARD at the 18th annual Corto Fiction Festival in Chianciano Terme, Italy. This is the 6th award for the film and the 60th award for filmmaker Dawn Westlake of Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. in Los Angeles. FROM ON HIGH was shot on location by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona in Collsuspina, La Sala de Sant Llogari and Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain in September 2017. In early July 2018, Pol won the BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY award at Carpine d'Argento Film ...

FROM ON HIGH on the Isle of Corsica with Festival du Film de Lama!

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FROM ON HIGH was selected to the Festival du Film de Lama on the Isle of Corsica for July 28-August 3, 2018. Directed and written by Dawn Westlake, the film is about a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. The film marks the professional acting debut of 11-year-olds Zoe Pinell Lopez and Esteve Serra Coll. Shot on location in Barcelona, Collsuspina and La Sala de Sant Llogari, Catalunya, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona, FROM ON HIGH just won a Best Cinematograp...

FROM ON HIGH wins TWO awards at Carpine d'Argento Cortifestival!

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FROM ON HIGH has won two honors at the 2018 Carpine d'Argento Cortifestival in Visciano, Italy. Ahead of the fest, which runs June 29-July 1, 2018, director/producer Dawn Westlake was contacted that her DP/Editor, Pol Carrizo Vilarroig, had won the BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY award. The film itself also won a Third Place prize. FROM ON HIGH tells the story of 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 S...

FROM ON HIGH to play Porto7!

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"From On High" has been selected to Porto7 Film Festival in Porto, Portugal for June 13-17, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake (who made her first film in Porto 18 years ago), "From On High" tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. The film was made on location in Catalunya with DP/Editor Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. GC Johnson, a 2016 Peer Raben Music Award nominee, provided an original score. "From On High" ...

FROM ON HIGH wins the SOLIDARITY PRIZE at Festival Pasinetti in Venice!

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"From On High" was awarded the PREMIO SOLIDARIETA', Vetrina del Volontariato (Solidarity Prize) at the 15th annual Festival Pasinetti in Venice, Italy on June 2nd, 2018. The film deals with a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. Filmed on location in Catalunya by Imatge Barcelona's Pol Carrizo Vilarroig, the piece marks the professional acting debut of 11-year-olds Zoe Pinell Lopez and Esteve Serra Coll. GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs, a 2016 Peer Raben Music Aw...

"From On High" to play Venice with Festival Pasinetti!

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"From On High" has been selected to the 15th annual Festival Pasinetti in Venice, Italy, named for honored Italian documentarian Francesco Pasinetti. Helmed and written by Dawn Westlake and produced by her shingle Ron de Cana Productions, "From On High" tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. The film was made on location in Barcelona, Collsuspina, and La Sala de Sant Llogari in Catalunya, Spain. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona s...

"From On High" wins FIRST PLACE in UNCG Sustainability Shorts Film Festival in the US!

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"From On High" has won First Place in the 9th annual UNCG Sustainability Shorts Film Festival at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro which was held April 19, 2018. This is the 4th nomination and 2nd win for the short film made in the Catalunya province of Spain in September of 2017. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, "From On High" tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It marks the professional acting debut of 11-year-olds Zoe ...

SCRAPPY wins 3rd place at Athens International Digital Film Festival!

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"Scrappy" has won 3rd place in the international fiction film contest at the Athens International Digital Film Fest in Athens, Greece on April 4, 2018. Produced by Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. and helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by her father, Donald G. Westlake. It recounts a real-life anecdote from Donald's childhood in rural Elburn, Illinois, USA when he had to stand up to the American gun culture. Canon USA, Inc. su...

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