Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

13th Annual Standing Rock International Shorts Festival
Independent Short Films from around the world!
Animation, music videos, short comedy, experimental films, documentaries and more!

SATURDAY, JANUARY 30TH, 2016 at 8:00PM

Thank you to all who came out on a balmy winter night to the Kent Stage for our 13th Annual International Shorts Festival.  We surpassed our previous audience total and had a great time celebrating independent filmmakers from around the world. Submissions from Poland, London, Istanbul and Tel Aviv paired with Chicago, New York, Dallas, Cincinnati 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.

(The audience voted at the intermission for a favorite out of the 12 films in the competition)

1.  “Speed Dating” by Meghann Artes.  Chicago.
2.   “Doghouse” by Luke Kondor.  London.
3.  “People of Nowhere” by Lior Sperandeo.  Israel.

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

1.  “The Spirit of Cincinnatus” by Lauren Pray.  Cincinnati.
2.  “Speed Dating” by Meghann Artes.  Chicago.
3.  “Sugarless Tea” by Sai Selvarajan. Sai Selvarajan. Dallas.

Special Thanks to Tom, Richelle, Ian, and Ethan Simpson  and for Kyle, Jimmy and Cody of the Kent Stage for the hospitality.  Also a big Thanks to Cindy Penter, Director, and Randy Roberts, Stage Manager.  And Jen, Taleah, and Garvey Kline for Ballot Counting Support!

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



“O Baked Beans” by Tom Trainer.  Kent.  4:24.
Music video of Ohio Joe & The Continental Drifters


“The Hula Hoop Song”  by Ron Ciarnello and Emily Parker.  Maple Heights.  2:32.
Shake your hips and move your lips to “The Hula Hoop Song”. Performed by John Jakes Mose.
Written by Ron Ciarnello and Emily Parker


“Speed Dating” by Meghan Artes.  Chicago.  11:10.
Desperate to find the man of her dreams, sweet and plain Ava tries a last ditch
effort, speed dating. But the absurd cast of characters she encounters makes
her wonder if being single is not so bad after all.


“This Film is Especially for You”
by Małgorzata Teodorowicz. Poland.  6:46.
Studio Mau Motion are Mau Teo & Hipolit Koniutek (aka Małgorzata Teodorowicz & Ireneusz Maj).  Mau is an artist from Wroclaw, Poland, spending her time doing puppets, graphics and paintings. About three years ago they decided to MOVE the puppets she had created.


“People of Nowhere” by Lior Sperandeo.  Israel.  1:59
I have heard and read different opinions about the wave of Syrian refugees who try to make their way in to the EU. Then I went to Lesvos. 7 days on the Greek Island gave me a healthier, human perspective on the situation.


by Luke Kondor.  London.  5:41
A short animated film about love & family & stuff.
Rhuben’s parents have had a falling out, and it looks like his dad is going to be in the doghouse for a while… literally.


“Extremes” by Murat Sayginer.  Turkey.   2:09.
"I am refractive and my art is the refraction of my life."
Murat Saygıner is a self-taught artist who works in the fields of art photography and
computer graphics, and is also known as a digital artist, filmmaker and composer.


“Infinity Room” by Refik Anadol. Los Angeles.  3:51
Refik is originally from Istanbul. “Infinity Room” is an immersive environment project which is an integral part of  the artist’s ongoing ‘Temporary Immersive Environment Experiments’.  This is research on audio/visual installations by using the state called immersion which is the state of consciousness where an immersant’s awareness of physical self is transformed by being surrounded in an engrossing environment; often artificial, creating a perception of presence in a non-physical world.


“The Spirit of Cincinnatus” by Lauren Pray.  Cincinnati.  14:25
A documentary about the restoration of the Cincinnatus Mural on the Kroger Headquarters in Downtown Cincinnati.   The Cincinnatus mural is now the mother of 100 murals in Cincinnati.  It has truly transformed the city into a living art piece.


“I'm Busy” by Carmel Gatchalian.  New York, NY.  1:30
This is a self-portrait about my struggles with procrastination. Instructor: Ori Kleiner
Music: Don't Stop - Little Violet


“Sugarless Tea” by Sai Selvarajan.  Dallas.  4:44
Sai is originally from Sri Lanka. Sugarless Tea takes viewers on a journey to India and Queens, NY, in a tale of separated brothers, chance meetings and identity. Sugarless Tea features watercolors paintings filmed using a stop motion technique that evokes travelogues and bedtime stories, and highlights the process of painting itself.


“Hummingbird's Wings”  by Dustin Grella.  New York, NY.  2:00
This homage to the first motion pictures bridges live action, animation, documentary and poetry.




“Lila” by Carlos Lascano.  Spain & Argentina.  9:00
Armed with her sketchbook, Lila walks off to the world, convinced that she has the power to make it a better place.   Lila draws the lines that fill up the magic lost by those around her.
Winner of last year's People's Choice Award at the 12th Annual Standing Rock International Shorts Festival.


“In Case” by Jerry Mann.  Cleveland. 5:00
"In Case,” a work-in-progress 16mm animated film, will have many other scenes by the time it is done, telling the story of how a photographic world tries to just get along with each other. This is the first scene, shot in 2007; a second scene was shot in 2015 and awaits the editing room. Jerry Mann is a photographer based in Cleveland who has experimented with filmmaking since the early 1990’s


“Nighthawks  Room in New York” by Matt Bartel.  4:45
A homage to Edward Hopper paintings, “Nighthawks at the Diner” and “Room in New York”.  Paintings that come alive in sound and vision.


“The Adams Family” by Cindy Penter and her class.  Cleveland.  1:30


“Demo Reel” by Adri Nerone.  Cleveland.  2:15
This video is a short demo reel that presents her photo collage videos and animations along with some video and stop motion animation pieces, and some shots of her 2d photo collage work and her photo collage sculptures.


“zarathustra”  by Melissa Ferrari.  Boston.   0:51
A brief reflection on the path to a meaningful life and the fall of man.
sound: Dillon Cahill and Duncan Johnson. Digital SLR cutout puppet animated using multiplane.


“Animation Hotline” by Dustin Grella.  New York, NY.  3:00.
7 Chalkboard Animations.  A small sampling of an ongoing interactive art piece.
Call 212-683-2490 and leave a message to be part of the project.


“See Rock City” by Christopher Butler.  Akron.  12:46
A mini-documentary about a famous 1970's Kent, Ohio house party. Alan D. Peters
shot 6 minutes of Super 8 film at the famous  Rock City “greaser party”
Amy Spencer – editor.
Kurt Brown - editor/archival footage scout/esthetic policeman
Alan D. Peters - cinematographer/reason for doing this
James Palmarini - beat poetry/spiv dance moves
Chris Butler - executive producer/ambulatory Aquanet commercial

A Panel Discussion and  Q&A featuring the cast and crew about the making of See Rock City will follow the film screening.





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