Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

15th Annual Standing Rock International Shorts Festival
Short Films from around the world!
Animation, music videos, short comedy, experimental films, documentaries and more!

SATURDAY, February 3, 2018 at 8:00PM

15th Annual Standing Rock International Shorts Festival WRAP UP


Thank you to all who came out on a wintry night to the Kent Stage for our 15th Annual International Shorts Festival. We had an enthusiastic audience and had a great time celebrating video and filmmakers from around the world. Submissions from Germany, France, Italy, Japan, UK,  Canada, Hiram, Cleveland, and Akron, 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.  Cindy Penter's world premiere, multi-media work titled “Earth Prayer: An Incantation in Movement, Sound, and Images” featuring dancer Hope Schultz, and sound sculptress, Lisa Miralia was fantastic and deserves another performance, if not a tour.

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.


1.  "To Your Liking" Dan Nelsen.  Akron.
2.  "Es Tu Vida" Johanna Rousseau.  Grenoble, France
3.  "Say That Again"  Charlie Wirfel. Hiram


1.  "Say That Again"  Charlie Wirfel. Hiram
2.  "Spring Time Old Man"  Hoji Tsuchiya. Japan
3. "To Your Liking"  Dan Nelsen. Akron

Special Thanks to Tom, Richelle, Ian, and Ethan Simpson , Devlin Charlton-Denis, John on sound, and Kyle on lights, for the Kent Stage 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 is pleased to announce The 15th Annual Standing Rock International Shorts Festival.  This popular annual event will feature work from Italy, France, The UK, and South Korea, 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, “La Madre Buena” by Sarah Clift as well as short animations by New York animator, Patrick Smith.  
     Concluding the festival will be a multi-media piece involving dance, live music, and film. It's a new work from festival Director, Cindy Penter,  titled “Earth Prayer”.  The work is a video invocation and features experimental sound sculptress, Lisa Miralia, and dancer/choreographer, Hope Shultz.


Films 2018


“149th and Grand Concourse”.  New York.  3:01
A  snapshot of the diverse voices of the South Bronx against a backdrop of rapidly changing streets. An animated portrait ofNew York city life in flux.
-Andy and Carolyn London



“All The World's A Stage”.  Germany.  1:41
An animated adaptation of the famous Shakespeare poem All The World's A Stage from his comedy “As You Like It”,narrated by the renowned Shakespeare actor and director Samuel West (RoyalShakespeare Company).
-Hans Rall



“Fire, Water, Earth, Time”.  Germany.  3:51
In a slightly surreal scene, two figures move through time, one forward and the other, backward. Nevertheless, they communicate with each other and swap things. This all happens in a manner where the viewer can notalways be sure in which direction the time is running.
-Maria Reinhardt-Szyba



“Filthy Apes and Lions”.  UK.  4:00
Music Video for Mark Stoermer of The Killers.  About the video: “the gun violence, the white male, the neglect for the planet just to gain power, it's running off of all those vibes for sure”.
- Lee Hardcastle



“To Your Liking”.  Akron.  12:10
To Your Liking is an analysis of love and the burden of a family's opinion of that love. In the film, a family dinner becomes a debate on the topic of love and relations when a son brings over his date, who does not meet the standards of his family.
-Dan Nelsen



“Living Art”  Cleveland. 0:38
I want to produce and present entertainment that inspires joy and illuminates minds.
- Raekwan Woods



“Threads”.  Akron.  3:00
Many of my current paintings are highlighted with thread.  Audiences and viewers get to consider the importance of the conflicts related to the use of thread and expectations of women’s art.
-Christine Gorbach



“Pittari”. New York.  4:00
Satan's boulder busting destruction is halted by a stubborn foe, testing his shape shifting abilities. Scored to an old phonographic gospel recording, this highly metaphorical animated short illustrates the relentless resistance, and ultimate victory, over a gritty penetration of abuse.
-Patrick Smith



“Swimming Project”. Hiram, Oh. 2:03
I wanted to base my film off of the love I have for swimming.
Nicki Prentler



“Es Tu Vida” Grenoble, France.  4:03
Music Video for South Korean Group Winterplay. Johanna Rousseau  builds countless stories, straying from the norm to drift towards new places, poetic, oniric and absurd, full of strange and phantasmagoric characters.

- Johanna Rousseau



“165708”.  Canada.  6:21
Josephine's primary artistic medium is 16mm film.  165708 employs in-camera techniques and chemical manipulation of processed film to produce an eidetic study of temporal elasticity.  A dynamic original score by the acclaimed composer Graham Stewart accompanies the film.
Josephine Massarella



“Le Repas”. Antwerp, Belgium.  12:11
A young Dutch girl, decides to prepare a dinner for her future Moroccan family-in-law bysearching information about their habits on the internet.
Annick Christaens



“Ray Cola”.  Cleveland.  0:22
Satire of the carbonated beverage world.
Raekwan Woods



“Say that Again” Hiram.  5:09
The goal I had in mind for this film was not just to create a short, ridiculous comedy, but also to normalize queer relationships.  I want more films that have casual queer characters, in which their entire story arch is not based on being queer.
-Charlie Wrifel



“Spring Time-Old Man”. Japan.  2:41
Hoji Tsuchiya has created this bonkers stop-motion film for Japanese singer/songwriter/hairdresser Uri Nakayama for her latest track Spring Time-Old Man.  An Old man decides to say his good bye to the world on a spring day.  The author glued and unglued many layers on one sheet of paper.  The creative inspiration for the piece was the birth of her son.

- Hoji Tsuchiya



“Everything Changes”.  Italy.   3:35
My inspiration tries to suggest emotions and moods, studying the essence of things.The pictures do not describe, but evoke,
Paola Luciani


“La Madre Buena”   Mexico.  5:36.
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.


"Tom Waits"  New York City. 4:50
by Patrick Smith


"Patti Smith" 4:50
by Patrick Smith


"Masks"  7:20
by Patrick Smith


"Earth Prayer". Cleveland  9:00.
by Cindy Penter
-Earth Prayer: A Video Invocation.  Featuring dancer/choreographer Hope Shultz, and Sound Sculptress, Lisa Miralia.



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