2019 International Short Film Festival - Archive


Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

16th Annual Standing Rock International Shorts Festival

Short Films from around the world!
Animation, music videos, short comedy, experimental films, documentaries
and more!

SATURDAY, January 26, 2019 at 8:00PM
THE KENT STAGE, 175 E. MAIN ST., KENT, OHIO www.kentstage.org

ADMISSION: $10 General / $5 Students and Seniors.  Tickets can be
purchased at the door or online at www.kentstage.org

Cindy Penter (Director) /  viddhartha@aol.com
Jeff Ingram (Producer) 330-673-4970 / info@standingrockarchives.net


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 16th Annual International Shorts Festival. We had an enthusiastic
audience and had a great time celebrating video and filmmakers from
around the world. Submissions from Slovnia, England, France, Croatia,
Russia, Los Angeles. and New York City 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.  We had the honor of listening to last year's People's
Choice Award winner, Dan Nelsen,  speak about his film “To Your Liking”,
as well as offer answers to questions from our audience about his
collaborative and creative process.

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.  "The Spirit Seam" Ashley Gerst.  New York City
2.  "Getting in The Van”  Jonny Look. Los Angeles
3.  “L1ZY: Big Data”.  John Carlucci and Brandon LaGanke.  Ghost + Cow
Films. New York City


1.  "Book of Love"  Tvrtko Karacic. Croatia
2.  "L1ZY: Big Data”  John Carlucci and Brandon LaGanke.  Ghost + Cow
Films.  New York City
3.  “The Spirit Seam”  Ashley Gerst.  New York City

Special Thanks to Tom, Richelle, Ian, and Ethan Simpson , Devlin
Charlton-Denis, Jim on sound, and Kyle on laptop, (despite the technical
difficulties).  And Big Thanks to The Kent Stage  for the hospitality.

We truly appreciate all who came out to support the festival. See you
next year!

Jeff Ingram/Producer
Standing Rock International Shorts Festival


About This Year's Event
Standing Rock Cultural Arts is pleased to announce The 16th Annual
Standing Rock International Shorts Festival.  This popular annual event
will feature films from as far away as Siberia, and from as close as
Akron, 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, “To Your Liking” by Dan Nelsen as well as other shorts curated
by the festival committee.  There will also be a dedication to Christine
Gorbach, whose film “Threads” was screened last year and who recently
passed away.

This year's Films


1.  “Magique Banane”  2:14.  France
Charlie Mars

Surrealistic Film made on the occasion of a special show "48h" of "movies made at home". The concept of this special show: to present films made in 48 hours.



2.  “Jagrlama” 2:00.  Slovakia.
Dusan Husar

Short movie about small boy from Ladakh, who wants to be as good as ice hockey player Jaromír Jágr.
But there is one important obstacle - He and his friends look for their new coach. Will it be Jaromír Jágr?

Dusan Husar is is an independent cinematographer, member of ASK (The Association of slovak cinematographers). He graduated in Cinematography from the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava with a master’s degree in 2013. Since then, he worked as Director of Photography for various productions around the globe. He is further a co-founder of Moiré, a creative studio in Bratislava mainly focusing on music videos. year with the project Zlatý Bažant.

Dušan Husár is based in Bratislava, Slovakia.




3.  “Icons” 5:28.  Los Angeles
Ronnie Cramer

Five hundred years of world art in five minutes, featuring three dozen iconic works rendered with nylon-tip pen and animated old school style. Each painting is onscreen for three seconds; the transitions between them also last three seconds each. Made up of 2,500 individual drawings, with a musical soundtrack created by the artist.

The Short Version: Artist/Musician/Filmmaker Ronnie Cramer has been active in the arts community for over thirty years. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries and other venues across the country, his music has achieved airplay on over 150 radio stations nationwide and his critically-acclaimed films have been screened at festivals around the world. He has also been featured as a guest lecturer on art and media at numerous museums and universities. Cramer's work has been exhibited in every US state and in sixty other countries.




4.  “Sketches” 2:09.  Khabarovsk, Russia
By Tomin

An animation exercise where inanimate objects are animated.

Artist Statement
I can tell you how and why I do art. How: the main idea is to keep your head as clean and empty as possible, that way there is always enough space for new ideas to come. Why: I love the process, it helps me to learn more about myself and the world around me. When you look at stuff from unexpected angle it helps to shake off patterns and burn new ones.




5.  “Getting in the Van Again” 15:00.  Los Angeles
Johnny Look

A wonderfully quirky portrait of Fruit Bats’ Eric D. Johnson by Los Angeles-based director Jonny Look. “Getting In A Van Again (Fruit Bats Documentary)” offers a unique glimpse into what goes into creating the perfect sound.




6.  “Closed Visit”  2:20.  London
Jade Evans  

Paul hasn't seen his son in five months since the divorce, the only form of contact he is allowed is through a weekly video call. Closed Visit is a modern day story of technology acting as both a coping mechanism and a source of pain.

Using the real messages of single fathers on internet forums and the director’s personal experience of being a single parent child, this animation explores isolation, separation and loss.




7.  “Perk” 2:30.  Slovenia
Dusan Kustelic
A goblin coal miner figures out life after his coal mine shuts down.  An animated music video for the song Perkmandeljk by the band, Orlek.

Dušan Kastelic was born in a small mining town in central Slovenia. Being a sickly kid he was unable to carry on the family tradition and get a decent job as a miner. So he became a teacher. But he wasn’t smart enough to be a teacher.
So he became an animator...




8.  “The Story of Jon Burgerman”  5:58.  New York City
Bas Berkhout (Dutch)

The Story of Jon Burgerman, artist and doodler from the UK, living and working in NYC.


I started my film-making career started in The Netherlands by crafting captivating and original narratives for some of the most respected global brands and companies.

In 2012, I co-founded the viral documentary film series Like Knows Like. This body of work fights the internet shallowness by sharing personal stories of famous artists, creatives and bloggers. You should check it out.

At the end of 2013, I decided to broaden my horizon and moved, together with my wife, to New York.




9.  “Book of Love” 3:33.  Croatia.
Tvrtko Karacic

On a small Planet, somewhere in the Universe, lives a beautiful lady whom the scientist Zucchero
lovingly observes through his telescope…
Animated music video made for artists 2Cellos and Zucchero.




10.  “L1ZY”  9:31.   New York City
John Carlucci and Brandon LaGanke.  Ghost + Cow Films

A typical family is terrorized in a series of commercials for BIG DATA's revolutionary new A.I. product.

GHOST+COW is a Brooklyn-based directing duo comprised of John Carlucci and Brandon LaGanke. The duo is known for making bizarre music videos and provocative short films.  Brandon is from Kent Ohio and graduated from Kent State.




11.  "Maikeulboudjan - The Dishwasher Groove" 3:23. Belgium
Capucine Muller

Music Video for the band, Karaboudjan “If you don't have a dish washer, get one. It will make your life better !”

Capucine Muller Bio:
Capucine Muller is a 24 years old french animation director. She graduated in 2D animation at ESAAT college (France) in 2014. Willing to focus on directing and curious of unconventional animation, she decided carry on studies at MOME university (Budapest). Therefore, she left France to go to Hungary in 2015 and studied in Mome for a year. Then she worked for 2 years at CUB studio (Budapest) alongside of talented hungarian directors like Bella Szederkényi and Balint Gelley. Lately, she went back to studies. She is following an animation master program at KASK university (Belgium).



12.  “The Spirit Seam”  14:52.  New York City
Ashley Gerst

The Spirit Seam is a short animated film about a little girl, Pollywog, and her Pap-Paw. Located in an Appalachain coal-mining town in the 1950s, the film takes the audience through the daily life of both characters. At the start of the film, the characters eat breakfast together and then travel to their respective locations- Pollywog is dropped off at school, and Pap-Paw clocks into work at the Hiraethsburg coal mine.

Throughout the film they experience the simple pleasures of rural Appalachian life: catching fireflies, fishing, catching frogs, and birthdays. Pap-Paw and Pollywog's bond is incredibly strong. In fact, they are inseparable until illness threatens to fracture their small family.

This film is an homage to Gerst's maternal side and their origins working in Southwestern Pennsylvania. It is a piece rooted not only in family roots and origin, but in grief over the loss of family members as well.

The Spirit Seam combines a mixture of animation mediums. The characters have been 3D modeled and animated in Audodesk Maya while the elemental effects are created in the 2D Animation software Toonboom Harmony. The sets are created physically, and are created in a variety of ways: 3D printing, embroidery, felted yarn, and sculptural techniques.



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