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From On High selected to play opening night of Festival de Cortos La Fila!

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"From On High" will represent the USA on the opening night of the 22nd annual Festival de Cortos La Fila in Valladolid, Spain, April 16-20, 2018. The film is about 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 Serra Coll. The film was helmed/written/produced by Dawn Westlake and shot/edited by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original score was written/recorded by 2016 Peer Raben...

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...

TWO Greek premieres for Ron de Cana films!

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Both "Scrappy" (2016) & "From On High" (2017) from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. will have their Greek premieres at the Athens International Digital Film Festival, running from March 29-April 4, 2018. The films mark the professional acting debuts of child actors Nefertina Lizarraga ("Scrappy") and Zoe Pinell Lopez & Esteve Serra Coll ("From On High"). The films deal with gun violence against children in the US, and the constant fear in which Syria...

FROM ON HIGH wins BEST EUROPEAN SHORT at Muestra Internacional de Cortometraje Solidario y Sensibilizacion de Ciudad Real, Spain

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FROM ON HIGH ("Desde el cielo") has won the Best European Short film award at Muestra Internacional de Cortometraje Solidario y Sensibilizacion de Ciudad Real, Spain! The award will be presented on February 22, 2018 at the Casino Antiguo. This is the second nomination and first win for "From On High". Written and directed by Dawn Westlake, the film was shot and edited in Catalunya by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original score was provided by 2016 Peer Raben...

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...

Scrappy rep'd the USA in San Rafael en Corto Film Festival

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"Scrappy", a film about standing up to gun violence, based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake, represented the USA in the San Rafael en Corto Film Fest in Vecindario, Spain (The Canary Islands) on November 4th, 2017. "Scrappy" is a Ron de Cana Productions' presentation, directed and adapted for the screen by Dawn Westlake. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot and edited on location in Pine Mountain and Los Angeles, CA, USA. ...

"Scrappy" in the running for the People's Choice Award at RATMA Film Fest in the UK!

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"Scrappy", a 4-minute film by Dawn Westlake, based on the poem by her father, Donald G. Westlake, is up for the People's Choice Award in the RATMA Film Fest. The film is playing online (for FREE!) until November 19th. The winner will be announced on November 20th. The global public can watch and vote for "Scrappy" in the drama category here: http://ratmaff.weebly.com/drama.html The poem "Scrappy" is included in Donald G. Westlake's Studs Terkel Humanitie...

Scrappy to have Canadian premiere!

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"Scrappy" will have its Canadian premiere on November 4th at 2pm in the Silver Wave Film Festival in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake, "Scrappy" tells of a young girl's courage in standing up to the gun culture in the USA. "Scrappy" was helmed by Westlake's daughter, Dawn, and shot/edited by Imatge Barcelona's Pol Carrizo Vilarroig. It was scored by Gregory Johnson of Acou...

"Scrappy" to play San Gio Film Fest in Verona!

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"Scrappy" has been selected to the San Gio Film Festival in Verona, Italy for July 23-27, 2017. Produced by Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. and helmed by its founder, Dawn Westlake, "Scrappy" is based on a Studs Terkel Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake. It recounts the real-life childhood experience of Dr. Westlake when he had to stand up to the gun culture in the USA to save his dog's life. The film was scored by 2016 Peer Raben Music Award nominee GC Johnson of Ac...

Touch of an Angel - Winner Spring, 2017

Metamora Films Festival is proud to award Touch of an Angel (Directed by Marek Pawlowski) best documentary film for the spring, 2017 season.  Congratulations! Director’s Comments:  The film presents completely unknown facts about the existence of a failed Bureau of Emigration of Jews to Palestine in Auschwitz town, run by Schoenker’s father. “Touch of an Angel”, took five years to p

"Through the Pane" to rep the USA at the Rome Observatory with Catone Film Fest!

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Dawn Westlake's "Through the Pane" will represent the USA in the documentary section of the Catone Film Festival held at L'Osservatorio di Roma in Rome, Italy July 14-15, 2017. Based on a memoir chapter by her father, Donald G. Westlake,"Through the Pane" is about his acceptance of Dawn's mother's death in 2012. Dawn's parents were happily married for 62 years. The film was shot in 2015 in Dawn's childhood home in a suburb of Chicago, IL, USA. Cinemat...

"Scrappy" to represent the USA in the Premio Carpine d'Argento!

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"Scrappy" has been nominated for the Premio Carpine d'Argento for films on social issues in Visciano, Italy for June 30-July 2, 2017. Based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake, "Scrappy" takes on the gun culture in the US. It's the only American film in the international competition. Helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film was shot/edited by Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. The film stars Nefertina Lizarraga, Dismas, GrissyG, B...

BEST SHORT DOC award arrives from Greece!

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The Best Short Documentary Award won by "Through the Pane" in the Athens International Digital Film Fest in Greece on February 8th, 2017 was received in Los Angeles by producer/director Dawn Westlake on March 1st. Since her cast and crew are spread around the globe in Barcelona, Chicago and Los Angeles, she photoshopped them into a "group" picture with the Greek trophy. https://twitter.com/dawn_westlake/status/837838106942328832/photo/1 This is the 8th nomination and 5th aw...

"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 Nominated for Best Doc in Italian Fest

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"Through the Pane" has been selected to the MalatestaShort Film Festival in Cesena, Italy for March 13-15, 2017. It's been nominated to the Best Documentary category. This is its 7th award nomination. The film has won four awards so far in its festival career, in showcases in Chile, Spain and two others in Italy. Written/helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on the memoir chapter by her father, Donald G. Westlake, recounting his acceptance of his wife's death in 2012. The...

TODAY is the Regular Deadline for Submissions to the 8th Annual NYC Indie Film Festival!

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Today is the regular deadline for submissions! Submit your film today for your chance to win awesome prizes like Sony Catalyst Production Suite, iActing Studios yearly subscriptions, and $1,000 Cash! Submit through our official website or on the following sites: FilmFreeway, Withoutabox, Film Festival Life, Festhome, and Click For Festivals!   SUBMIT HERE: https://www.nycindieff.com/submissions/submit ...

Through the Pane wins SPECIAL JURY PRIZE at Fesancor Festival in Chile!

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"Through the Pane" won the Special Jury Award for International Documentary at the 24th annual Fesancor Film Festival in Santiago, Chile. This is the fourth award for the film out of 6 international nominations. http://fesancor.cl/premiacion-2016/ The jury's comments: Spanish: "El corto se destaca por su lenguaje poético y delicadeza expresiva que nos transportar a las reflexiones y sentimentos de sus personajes." English: "The film is notable for its ...

"Games People Play" to play Cinemistica!

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"Games People Play" was chosen out of 3000 entries from 46 nations to play Festival de Cinemistica in Granada, Spain from November 16-December 17, 2016. This is the 42nd festival acceptance for this dark comedy, filmed in the style of a Sergio Leone spaghetti western. Helmed/written/produced by Dawn Westlake, the film was shot on the CanonC500 and edited by Jon Carr. GC Johnson, nominated for the Peer Raben Music Award at SoundTrack_Cologne for Westlake's 2015 film "THROUGH T...

Two More Fests for "Through the Pane"!

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"Through the Pane" has been accepted to two festivals for the month of November, bringing the total to 39. The film will play the Davis Film Festival in Davis, CA, USA on November 6th, 2016. It was also chosen from over 3000 entries from 46 nations to play the Festival de Cinemistica in Granada, Spain from November 16-December 17, 2016. "Through the Pane" is based on the memoir chapter by Donald G. Westlake about his acceptance of his wife's death. They were very happil...

"Through the Pane" to play Colombia!

"Through the Pane" has been selected to play in El Saman de Festicine in Viterbo-Caldas, Colombia October 13-16, 2016. This is the 35th selection for "Through the Pane". Helmed and written by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on a memoir chapter by her father, Donald G. Westlake. It addresses his cosmic acceptance of his wife's death four years ago. They were very happily married for 62 years. The film was shot on the Canon6D by Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of ImatgeBarcelona...

"Through the Pane" to play Visualizame in Madrid!

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"Through the Pane" was selected to play Visualizame Film Festival in Madrid, Spain from September 30-October 2, 2016. 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. The film was shot and edited by Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. The score by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs was nominated this year for the Peer Raben Music Award at SoundTrack_Cologne in German...

"Through the Pane" accepted to Jahorina Film Festival!

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"Through the Pane" has been selected to the 10th annual Jahorina Film Festival in Bosnia-Herzegovina for September 14-18, 2016. Helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on her father Donald G. Westlake's memoir chapter about the death of his wife of 62 years. Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot and edited. A guitarviol score was composed by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs, a 2016 Peer Raben Music Award nominee. For more info and to see a trailer of "Through the Pane...

"Through the Pane" accepted to 30th film fest!

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"Through the Pane" has received its 30th film festival acceptance! It will play the Fano International Film Festival in Italy from October 18-22, 2016. Helmer Dawn Westlake has a long history with the Fano Film Festival, having one special jury awards for past films presented there. "Through the Pane" is based on her father's memoir chapter about his acceptance of her mother's death. They were very happily married for 62 years. The film was shot/edited by Pol Carrizo...

"Through the Pane" sentenced to prison by jury!

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This is one of the coolest ideas for a festival...and "Through the Pane" has just been accepted as a top finalist for the jury award! We'll play the DAROCA & PRISION Film Fest in a prison in Zaragoza, Spain in September. This prison has been using film to rehab prisoners since 1918...and they have had an in-house filmmaking program since 2005, supported by leaders in the Spanish filmmaking industry. AND, for those of you not in the Big House, you'll be able to see the film ...

Through the Pane" to play Fesancor in Chile!

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"Through the Pane" was chosen from 2,012 entries to play Fesancor in Santiago de Chile from October 24-31, 2016. Helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on her father's memoir chapter about his acceptance of her mother's death. The pair were happily married for 62 years. Cinematography and editing are by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. The film was scored on the guitarviol by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. Gregory's score has been nominated for the Peer R...

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