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Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

14th Annual Standing Rock International Shorts Festival WRAP UP
Short Films from around the world!
Animation, music videos, short comedy, experimental films, documentaries and more!

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28TH, 2017 at 8:00PM
THE KENT STAGE, 175 E. MAIN ST., KENT, OHIO www.kentstage.org

Greetings!

Thank you to all who came out on a wintry night to the Kent Stage for our 14th Annual International Shorts Festival. We had an enthusiastic audience and had a great time celebrating video and filmmakers from around the world. Submissions from Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, South Africa and Kent, Ohio brought us all together for a few moments to revel in the collective spirit on a global scale.

Having said that, every entry was a winner just by being shown at the festival. Congratulations to all the visual artists who presented their work on Saturday night. You made for an exciting event on a spectacular evening in Kent.

I applaud all the creative works submitted...but still...there were a few that stood out from the crowd. It gives me great to pleasure to announce the winners of The People's Choice and Juried Choice Awards.

PEOPLE'S CHOICE
(The audience voted at the intermission for a favorite out of the 11 films in the competition)

1.  "LA MADRE BUENA" BY SARAH CLIFT
2.  "PERFECT WORLD" BY KARNI AND SAUL
3.  "BELIEVER"  BY CHRISTOPHER LOUIE

JURIED CHOICE
(Jurors who teach film and video chose this award according to three criteria: Originality, Cultural Significance, and Technical Expertise.)

1.  "106 CHARACTERS" BY VICTORIA MAPPLEBECK
2.   "PERFECT WORLD" BY KARNI AND SAUL
3.   "SOMNAMBULO/SLEEPWALKER" BY THEODORE USHEV

Special Thanks to Tom, Richelle, Ian, and Ethan Simpson and Joey Donnola of the Kent Stage for the hospitality.

Thank you again to all who came out to support the festival. See you next year!

Jeff Ingram/Producer
Standing Rock International Shorts Festival
Standing Rock Cultural Arts
300 N. Water St., Suite H
Kent, OH 44240
330-673-4970

 

CLICK HERE for an article about this year's film festival in the Record Courier newspaper.

 

14th Annual Standing Rock International Shorts Festival


Standing Rock Cultural Arts is pleased to announce The 14th Annual Standing Rock

International Shorts Festival. This popular annual event will feature films from as far away

as South Africa, and from as close as Kent, Ohio. It will include animation, music videos,

short comedy, experimental films, documentaries and more.

 

The first part of this event will feature short films from around the world. This part will be a

competition whereby the audience will have a chance to vote on their favorite film. The

second part will be made up of last year's People's Choice Winner, “Speed Dating” and a few

other films by Meghann Artes. The final segment will be a new addition to the festival titled,

Local Spotlights and will feature videos made by local talent.

 

A list of the films we will be showing this year are listed below and can be found as well at our Standing Rock
Cultural Arts Events page on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/SRCAKent

 

FILMS 2017

 

“La Madre Buena”  5:36.  Mexico.
by Sarah Clift. 
-A Mexican mother embarks upon an epic journey across land and throughher politics, to find her son’s birthday request - a Donald Trump piñata.

 

 

“Makeba” Jain music video”  3:44.  South Africa/France
by Greg & Lior
-The song is about a Legendary South African musician Miriam Makeba, famous for her activist music against the apartheid in the country at the time.

 

 

 

“Trilogy”  1:58.  Cleveland.
By Adri Nerone
-An experimental montage of work that includes “Living Room”, “A Different Path”, and “Preque Isle”

 

 

 

“Perfect World”     4:24.  United Kingdom
by Karni and Saul
-U.K. animators Karni and Saul directed the music video for “Perfect World” from the U.K. chart-topping musical artist Katie Melua. The video is a masterclass in storytelling, employing CG animation in a truly engaging and poignant short film that follows a mother and her young son as they inadvertently delve into a magical wintery forest filled with wonderment and danger.

 

 

 

“160 Characters”   11:06.  London
Victoria Mapplebeck
-160 Characters lifts the lid on the stories and secrets buried in a vintage Nokia. This smartphone short was shot entirely on an Iphone 6 and was recently nominated for the Innovation category of the 2016 AHRC Research in Film Awards. 

 

 

 

“Traces” 3:34.  New York.
by Emily Sheskin, Veena Rao and Eric Rothman
-Is our DNA the government's business?  The very things that we discard everyday and never think twice about-hair, skin, and saliva-can be clues about who we are. They can also as well as liabilities.

 

 

 

“Keep Moving”   5:54  Kent, Ohio
by Mary Hughes. 
-”When I started 'Keep Moving', I was thinking about life's struggles.  To survive, I have to keep moving.  As an artist, I often use motion to express myself.  In film, there's motion as in 'motion study', or when expressing movement in one's life, literally and figuratively.  'Keep Moving' is about motion.

 

 

 

“Sonámbulo/The Sleepwalker”  4:21.  Bonobo Studio. Croatia
by Theodore Ushev.  Montreal.
-A surrealist journey through colours and shapes inspired by the poem Romance Sonámbulo by Federico García Lorca. Visual poetry in the rhythm of fantastic dreams and passionate nights.

 

 

 

“Orenda: A Painting in Oil by Stanka Kordic”   8:54.   Cleveland.
by Jerry Mann
-Artist Stanka Kordic approached me about creating a process video, showing her creating one of her stunning, layered portrait paintings, for use at her workshops.Taking the opportunity to push beyondt a technical video, the resulting film takes the viewer into Stanka's studio for a detailed look at her gritty workflow.

 

 

 

 

“Believer”  Music Video featuring Major Lazer and Showtek. 4:15. Los Angeles
by Christopher Louie.
-The concept of the video was inspired by the images of Omran Daqneesh, the Syrian boy covered in dust in the ambulance after his house was hit by a bomb. Like everyone in the world I was heartbroken by that image but I also saw a glimmer of hope. As dark as the subject matter is the point of our "Believer" video was to capture the resilience of youth and the hope displayed by communities coming together to save victims from the rubble.  Filmed in the Middle East.

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“Leonard Cohen on Moonlight”  5:28.  New York
Patrick Smith
-Leonard Cohen reads a surreal original poem and recalled the origins of "Sisters of Mercy" in an animated update on a 1974 interview.

 

 

PART II:  FEATURED FILMMAKER

Artist Statement by Meghann Artes.  3:44

Featured Films by Meghann Artes
-  “Speed Dating”  11:10
-  “Soup”  5:09
-  “Stitch”  1:09
- “Sleepy” 4:02

 

PART III: LOCAL SPOTLIGHTS

“You...The Artist”
Chip Hawkes and Stanton Gifted Media Students
-A documentary about Kent's 1st Annual Creativity Festival held on the KSU Esplanade, September, 2016.

“Cleveland 2016”  4:54.  Cleveland
Mike Caldwell
-A retrospective glimpse of Cleveland during the eventful year, 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

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