Congratulations to Dustin Grella for taking home Best of Fest and The People's Choice Awards at The 4th Annual Standing Rock International Film and Video Festival. His amazing chalkboard animation, titled "Glimpse" is like watching 15,000 paintings fly by in 8 minutes. It only took 7 months to make those 8 minutes. "Glimpse" had an excellent soundtrack created by Gary Michael Millus as well.Good job Dustin. We look forward to seeing more of your work in the future!

Dustin Grella, director of "Glimpse", and Jessica Sutherland, director
of "Seven Turn", took Number One and Number Two respectively in the
People's Choice competition.

We also wish to congratulate Jessica Sutherland who created "Seven Turn"
which placed Second in the People's Choice competition. This piece was a
moving portrait, filmed in Black and White on 16mm, which re-enacted the
trauma faced by a child who learns of her father's death on her seventh

Kudos to Ashley Gerst as well, creator of "The Cupcake Prince" which
placed Third in the competition. This film was an amusing stop-frame
animation piece about a cupcake who pleads for its life as he's about to be
devoured by a princess.

This year's festival was a tremendous success. We had the largest
audience we've ever had and they were resounding in their applause. Many
thanks to all who made this possible including Mike Hovancsek (Festival
Director), Vince Packard (Graphic Design), Carl Palmer (DVD Mastering), Tom
Simpson (Owner of the Kent Stage), Nonnie Swann (Production Assistant), and
all the Independent Filmmakers who submitted to this year's Festival.

Images from the Event


About this year's Festival:

-Short films from as far away as Australia and as near as Kent, Ohio
-Animations, Music Videos, Documentaries, Video Collages
-Featuring Local Filmmaker and Instructor Cindy Penter,in person
-Featuring YouTube Underground Film Fest Winner Ryan Divine of "Maldroid"
-Featuring Brett Ingram/Film Instructor at University of North Carolina
-Featuring Italian Animator Marco Morandi
-Featuring Australian Animator Peter Lowey
-Featuring a Live Film Soundtrack with local tabla phenomenon Joe Culley

COST: $10.00 General Admission/$7.00 Student/Seniors
-Tickets available at The Kent Stage, Woodsy's Music, The North Water Street Gallery, and SpinMore Records. Or at the door.

This year's festival is full of excitement and surprises as we introduce some fresh talent mixing it up with some seasoned pros. As technology advances, so does the adventurous mind of the video and film makers around the world. From the highways of Akron, to the shores of Australia, and to the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea, this is the journey of the independent film maker. Come join us for the ride.

Our featured filmmaker is Cynthia Penter. She is an adjunct faculty member in the Film, Video and Photographic Arts department at The Cleveland Institute of Art and in the School of Communication at Cleveland State University. She received her B.F.A in Studio Art from Kent State University as well as her Masters in Cinematography. She has taught at Kent State University, Cleveland Public Schools, Cleveland Filmmakers and Cleveland Film Society Workshops. In 1981 Cynthia won first prize for the film "Dream Dance" at the Cleveland International Film Festival in the Ohio Filmmakers Competition. Her work has shown in numerous other festivals. She has received several Individual Artist Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council, a Regional American Film Institute Fellowship and had artist residencies four times at the Experimental Television Center in Upstate New York and three times at Lake Erie College's 48 Hours of Making Art.

Her interests range from dance to documentary to social activism. She works in film, photographic, video, and digital formats. She continues to make personal, experimental work in a variety of media.

Other Featured Filmmakers

Ryan Divine: Ryan is a musician as well as an animator and a member of the band Maldroid. Maldroid was formed in Oakland in March 2006 to combat the crap that's taken over the airwaves. As their website states, "Maldroid" is as DIY as it gets. We write, record and produce all of their own records, and we write, direct and animate our own music videos. We believe technology creates these opportunities... but will ultimately destroy us. . The Future is NOW. The Future is Maldroid. The Revolution has begun. Don't let it catch you with your pants down. More info can be found at:

Marco Morandi: Mr. Morandi got his degree at the University of Cinema in Italy. He works with digital animation, 2D and 3D characters. He also works with live shots and super8. His latest animated video is for "OPUS 23" the song from Piano solos Vol.2 by Dustin O'Halloran. This song is included in the soundtrack of Sofia Coppola's last movie: "Marie Antoinette". Enjoy it! More info can be found at:

Peter Lowey: Peter Lowey is an Australian 2d animator whose work takes the viewer on a surreal journey where one meets fantastical characters in fluid landscapes. More info:

Cindy Penter Films For The Standing Rock Film Fest:

Don't Fade Away (Old Hippies Never Die) shortened version, in progress
Also known as The Farm Film. Portrait of a communal family. The Humping Heifer Farm existed in Ravenna, Ohio almost 30 years ago. We were young, we wanted a different kind of life and we became a family. Combination of live action and still photography. Garden dance. And bad jokes. Music by I'M A TATTOO band, Old Wave music.

Gotta Dance / Moving Movie Montage 15 min.2007
This a compilation of my work in film, video & digital video that focuses on movement and dance. Cut from 15 pieces made between 1979 and 2006.

Quilt Square for Diane shortened version, 2000
A souvenir portrait of a friend, a tribute to her life. In 1989 Diane died of AIDS. This is not the entire story. With love. Excerpts from my films, Doreeya Luna / Pira Luna (1982) and Images of Women (1985), as well as the dance number from On the Town and the lament from Madame Butterfly. Original music by Julie Akerlund. Additional images by Diane Hunt and Amy Burt. Poems by Diane performed by Alice Cone and Major Ragain.

Trailer from:
The Winds of Minoa: One Small Island 3 min., in progress
A rhythmical portrait film about, as the title says, one small island in the Aegean sea. It is also a meditation on my own life and the continuation of life on our planet. Music from O Megalos Erotikos, a ballet by Maurice Béjart, music by Manou Xatzidaki. Optical printer effects, text, and mixing of music, sound effects and narration.

Stills from some of our entries:

Armor of God


The Ironic Death Cabaret Noir


Bluebird On My Shoulder


Cupcake Prince




Freak Box




He Said She Said


I Hate Route 8


Invisa Bandages


Measured Out


Opus 23a


Project 5


Seven Turn


Test 4


Where you are...





APPLICATION FEE IS $10 (Ohio Residents) $15 (Outside Ohio)

December 1, 2007 (preferred)
December 31, 2007 (final)

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How To Enter

1) Print this application.
2) Fill out the application form completely.
3) You may submit more than one film or video with this application.
4) Mail your completed application with your submission, return postage, and $15 entry fee, ($10.00 Ohio residents) to:

Standing Rock Cultural Arts
257 North Water Street
Kent, OH 44240