Film


Standing Rock Cultural Arts is pleased to announce

11th Annual International Short Film Festival rides again!
Independent Short Films from around the world!
Animation, music videos, short comedy, experimental films, documentaries and more!

 AKRON ART MUSEUM.  1 S. HIGH STREET, DOWNTOWN AKRON
www.akronartmuseum.org

THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2014 at 7:00PM

ADMISSION: $7 = general / $5 students and seniors.  Tickets can be purchased at the door.  Doors open at 6:30pm

CONTACT INFO:
Mike Hovancsek (Director) 330-677-0333 / point@neobright.net
Jeff Ingram (Producer) 330-673-4970 / info@standingrock.net
Website: www.standingrock.net

     Standing Rock Cultural Arts is pleased to announce The 11th Annual Standing Rock International Short Film Festival is coming to Akron Art Museum on Thursday, March 6 at 7pm.  The 1st screening happened on January 25th at The Kent Stage during a snowstorm.  The annual event features films from as far away as Germany and China 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.  The second part will be made up of films by the very organic and creative animator Drew Christie.  The last portion of the night will feature silent films by Brenda Molloy and Mike Hovancsek which will be feature original music by Mike Hovancsek.

Thanks to Steve Felix, Executive Director of Akron Film + Pixel, for facilitating this special screening at Akron Art Museum.  http://akronfilm.com

Here is a list of this year's films:

Ruuuun! (China)
BingTangHuLuer
tea86@animetaste.net
This is a collaborative animation piece in which over 100 animators from around the world.  It was created by holding three animation-painting live events and extending an invitation through the internet.

 



Blessing in Disguise (USA)
Eric Kissack
http://erickissack.com/contact/
Katie just found out that she has an incurable venereal disease. Enter the man of her dreams.

 



Andersartig (Different) (Germany)
Dennis Stein-Schomburg
An animation about an orphan during World War II.

 



Lost & Found (England)
Joey Bania
joeybania@gmail.com
In a remote corner of New Zealand’s South Island, tucked away among the last remaining tracts of native forest, lies a little-known place of wonder. It is the life’s work and extraordinary creation of inventor, artist and self-confessed tinkerer, Blair Somerville.  For over ten years Blair has single-handedly owned, operated and ceaselessly expanded the Lost Gypsy Gallery, his wonderland of homegrown wizardry and a playground for kids and adults alike. Using only recycled materials, Blair takes DIY to artistic extremes. His creations are ingenious, interactive, and often hilariously impractical. They take many shapes and forms and share an uncanny ability to amaze, entertain and inspirire.

 



App Happy (USA)
Josh Forbes
joshforbes@gmail.com
A pitch man offers up apps for every imaginable human need.

 



Sallie Gardner at a Gallop 2013   (Austria. 01:28)
by Morpho @ Studio Komorebi
www. josianekeller.com
Stop motion clay animation and light work, combining 3D figures and 2D silhouettes.
This film is inspired by Victorian photographer Eadweard Muybridge’s film of same title from 1878, who was commissioned by a racehorse breeder to determine if a horse at any stage of gallop has all four hooves in the air. He developed a shutter release system and took 16 stills of a galloping horse, of which a famous contact sheet exists and a mini animation (the images put in a row).
This film was created by 16 small scale clay horses each for one stage of motion according to Muybridge's contact sheet.

 


Ballpoint Barber (USA)
Peter Simon
mail@peteyboy.com
Tom gets his facial hair drawn on via a magic pen.  300 printed pages to create the effect. Watch the behind the scenes.

 



The Kinda Sutra (USA)
Jessica Yu
patrick@nonfictionultd.com
Where exactly do babies come from? And how are they really made?  Mixing humorous animation and interviews, this documentary short poses these questions to a variety of adults and youngsters who explore their earliest understanding of sex, conception and how the two, uh, intersect.  With humor, affection and nostalgia for youth's lost naiveté, our subjects recall some of their earliest experiences with - and misconceptions of - sex and babies and all things thereof. The stork, of course, makes an appearance, as do other less conventional elements, including floating airborne seeds, a tree, pollywogs and an unexpected bathroom fixture. This very personal, Indian-themed riff on the Kama Sutra provides a glimpse into how we think about sex and what we learn along the way.

 



Trip (Brazil)
vjsuave
vjsuave@gmail.com
A spiritual journey in search of self-knowledge, conscience and love. This short movie was produced independently and recorded during vjsuave's residency at "Shiny toys Festival" in Germany.  Vjsuave is Ygor Marotta and Ceci Soloaga, a new media art duo based in Sao Paulo, as specialists in moving projection they create movies that are poignant, warm and personal, crafted from hand-drawn media, transformed into digital animation then projection-mapped in a way that seems to bring streets alive. Characters walk across the landscape with a convincing blend of movement and real moving projections.

 



Boats (USA)
Justin Dec
jd@justindec.com
Hot off the success of "Cars" and "Planes", a room full of executives dreams up the next big thing... "Boats"! But is it the story they care about or is it $omething el$$$e...?

 



Down to Nothing (USA)
Jake Fried
jakejfried@gmail.com
Hand-drawn animation with ink, gouache, white-out and coffee.

 



Home Cooking (USA)
Josh Forbes
joshforbes@gmail.com
What happens when hipsters take their love of DIY to the extreme? They get strung out on meth and do some freaky s*#t.

 



Giangrande (Paper Plane) (Italy)

Gianluca Maruotti
baboucherouge@gmail.com
Animator and puppet-maker Gianluca Maruotti has created here a moving and fanciful story about love, loss, and animals that play musical instruments.




FEATURED FILMAKER:  Drew Christie
geniuschristie@gmail.com
     I discovered Drew Christie a few years ago when I saw one of his animation pieces that he created by drawing on every page of a paperback book and then flipping it to make an actual sophisticated movie with a storyline and everything.  Drew's work is all hand drawn and made using very meticulous, organic techniques.  The music he uses has a similar, folksy aesthetic that is totally appealing and unique.  We willl be featuring the following films by Drew Christie:
-Allergy to Originality
-Fire Fire, I Heard the Cry
-How to Bring Democracy to the Fish
-Some Crazy Magic.  Meeting Harry
-Song Of The Spindle
-Vanity Fair Decades. 1940

 


SILENT FILMS WITH LIVE MUSIC:


Festival Director, Mike Hovancsek, has created three original soundtracks to the following films.

Fractal Mandalas (USA)
Brenda Molloy
Brenda makes art using mathematical formulas that generate surprisingly spiritual and beautiful images.  She exhibits her art and has published a book of her images.  This is her first film.
 
Vesta (USA)
Mike Hovancsek
point@neobright.net
This film is based on the ancient Roman god Vesta, who kept the home fires burning and, in so doing, kept society alive.  Dance by Amy Unruh.

Process (USA)

Mike Hovancsek
point@neobright.net
This is a collection of 1,000 still images that I made.  Each one is a progression on the one before it.  It was done in an improvisational manner, with no plan for where it would go.  Instead, I worked my way through a series of processes, each of them changing the images in their own way, and watched where it took me.



11th Annual International Short Film Festival Wrap-up
held SATURDAY, JANUARY 25TH, 2014 at 8:00PM

Independent short films from around the world including animation, music videos, short comedy, experimental films, documentaries, and silent films with live musical accompaniment were shown at The Kent Stage. Enduring a blizzard, a polar vortex, and sea of ice on the streets, a great time was had by all!

And the Winners of the 11th Annual Standing Rock International Short Film Festival are...

Audience Choice

1.  Blessing in Disguise.  By Eric Kissack.  He will be receiving a $100 in prize money.
2.  Leaving Home.  By Joost Lieuwana
3.  Lost and Found.  By Joey Bania

Juried Choice

1.  Andersartig (Different).  By Dennis Stein-Schomburg.  He will be receiving a certificate.
2.  Blessing in Disguise.  By Eric Kissack
3.  Lost and Found.  By Joey Bania

Here's a few links to media that provided publicity.

DAILY KENT STATER: http://www.kentwired.com/ksubuz/article_a88359c2-83c2-11e3-9875-001a4bcf6878.html

RECORD COURIER: http://www.recordpub.com/weekender/2014/01/23/standing-rock-presents-the-11th-annual-international-short-film-festival-at-kent-stage

COOL CLEVELAND: http://www.coolcleveland.com/blog/2014/01/short-films-from-all-over-the-world-are-landing-at-kent_srcas-short-film-fest/

Thank you to all the film makers and brave audience participants for your part in making this a successful event!

Jeff Ingram/Producer
Standing Rock International Short Film Festival
Standing Rock Cultural Arts

Images from the event

Standing Rock Cultural Arts' 11th Annual Standing Rock International Short Film Festival.  This popular annual event becomes even bigger this year with films from as far away as Germany and China 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.  The second part will be made up of films by the very organic and creative animator Drew Christie.  The last portion of the night will feature silent films by Brenda Molloy and Mike Hovancsek which will be accompanied live on stage by Mike Hovancsek (koto, sitar), Joe Culley (tabla) and Rex Sheppard (guitar)!

 

Here is a list of this year's films:

Ruuuun! (China)
BingTangHuLuer
tea86@animetaste.net
This is a collaborative animation piece in which over 100 animators from around the world.  It was created by holding three animation-painting live events and extending an invitation through the internet.

 



Blessing in Disguise (USA)
Eric Kissack
http://erickissack.com/contact/
Katie just found out that she has an incurable venereal disease. Enter the man of her dreams.

 



Andersartig (Different) (Germany)
Dennis Stein-Schomburg
An animation about an orphan during World War II.

 



Lost & Found (England)
Joey Bania
joeybania@gmail.com
In a remote corner of New Zealand’s South Island, tucked away among the last remaining tracts of native forest, lies a little-known place of wonder. It is the life’s work and extraordinary creation of inventor, artist and self-confessed tinkerer, Blair Somerville.  For over ten years Blair has single-handedly owned, operated and ceaselessly expanded the Lost Gypsy Gallery, his wonderland of homegrown wizardry and a playground for kids and adults alike. Using only recycled materials, Blair takes DIY to artistic extremes. His creations are ingenious, interactive, and often hilariously impractical. They take many shapes and forms and share an uncanny ability to amaze, entertain and inspirire.

 



App Happy (USA)
Josh Forbes
joshforbes@gmail.com
A pitch man offers up apps for every imaginable human need.

 



Sallie Gardner at a Gallop 2013   (Austria. 01:28)
by Morpho @ Studio Komorebi
www. josianekeller.com
Stop motion clay animation and light work, combining 3D figures and 2D silhouettes.
This film is inspired by Victorian photographer Eadweard Muybridge’s film of same title from 1878, who was commissioned by a racehorse breeder to determine if a horse at any stage of gallop has all four hooves in the air. He developed a shutter release system and took 16 stills of a galloping horse, of which a famous contact sheet exists and a mini animation (the images put in a row).
This film was created by 16 small scale clay horses each for one stage of motion according to Muybridge's contact sheet.

 


Ballpoint Barber (USA)
Peter Simon
mail@peteyboy.com
Tom gets his facial hair drawn on via a magic pen.  300 printed pages to create the effect. Watch the behind the scenes.

 



The Kinda Sutra (USA)
Jessica Yu
patrick@nonfictionultd.com
Where exactly do babies come from? And how are they really made?  Mixing humorous animation and interviews, this documentary short poses these questions to a variety of adults and youngsters who explore their earliest understanding of sex, conception and how the two, uh, intersect.  With humor, affection and nostalgia for youth's lost naiveté, our subjects recall some of their earliest experiences with - and misconceptions of - sex and babies and all things thereof. The stork, of course, makes an appearance, as do other less conventional elements, including floating airborne seeds, a tree, pollywogs and an unexpected bathroom fixture. This very personal, Indian-themed riff on the Kama Sutra provides a glimpse into how we think about sex and what we learn along the way.

 



Trip (Brazil)
vjsuave
vjsuave@gmail.com
A spiritual journey in search of self-knowledge, conscience and love. This short movie was produced independently and recorded during vjsuave's residency at "Shiny toys Festival" in Germany.  Vjsuave is Ygor Marotta and Ceci Soloaga, a new media art duo based in Sao Paulo, as specialists in moving projection they create movies that are poignant, warm and personal, crafted from hand-drawn media, transformed into digital animation then projection-mapped in a way that seems to bring streets alive. Characters walk across the landscape with a convincing blend of movement and real moving projections.

 



Boats (USA)
Justin Dec
jd@justindec.com
Hot off the success of "Cars" and "Planes", a room full of executives dreams up the next big thing... "Boats"! But is it the story they care about or is it $omething el$$$e...?

 



Down to Nothing (USA)
Jake Fried
jakejfried@gmail.com
Hand-drawn animation with ink, gouache, white-out and coffee.

 



Home Cooking (USA)
Josh Forbes
joshforbes@gmail.com
What happens when hipsters take their love of DIY to the extreme? They get strung out on meth and do some freaky s*#t.

 



Giangrande (Paper Plane) (Italy)

Gianluca Maruotti
baboucherouge@gmail.com
Animator and puppet-maker Gianluca Maruotti has created here a moving and fanciful story about love, loss, and animals that play musical instruments.

 




FEATURED FILMAKER:  Drew Christie
geniuschristie@gmail.com
     I discovered Drew Christie a few years ago when I saw one of his animation pieces that he created by drawing on every page of a paperback book and then flipping it to make an actual sophisticated movie with a storyline and everything.  Drew's work is all hand drawn and made using very meticulous, organic techniques.  The music he uses has a similar, folksy aesthetic that is totally appealing and unique.  We willl be featuring the following films by Drew Christie:
-Allergy to Originality
-Fire Fire, I Heard the Cry
-How to Bring Democracy to the Fish
-Some Crazy Magic.  Meeting Harry
-Song Of The Spindle
-Vanity Fair Decades. 1940

 




SILENT FILMS WITH LIVE MUSIC:


Every year we bring in musicians to create live music for some of our films.  This year we have Joe Culley on tabla (joeculleytablapoet.blogspot.com), Rex Sheppard on guitar (rexshep.com), and me on koto and sitar.

Fractal Mandalas (USA)
Brenda Molloy
Brenda makes art using mathematical formulas that generate surprisingly spiritual and beautiful images.  She exhibits her art and has published a book of her images.  This is her first film.
 
Vesta (USA)
Mike Hovancsek
point@neobright.net
This film is based on the ancient Roman god Vesta, who kept the home fires burning and, in so doing, kept society alive.  Dance by Amy Unruh.

Process (USA)

Mike Hovancsek
point@neobright.net
This is a collection of 1,000 still images that I made.  Each one is a progression on the one before it.  It was done in an improvisational manner, with no plan for where it would go.  Instead, I worked my way through a series of processes, each of them changing the images in their own way, and watched where it took me.