Thanks to my alumni magazine from my alma mater of Hobart College, I recently discovered that one of my former roommates has gone on to become a successful independent film maker. Apparently he specializes in documentaries, and one of his recent short films (“Live from Shiva’s Dance Floor”) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. I haven’t seen or heard from him in years, but it’s great to see him achieve success. Maybe one of your former roommates, or you yourself, can start building your film career by participating in Kent’s 4th Annual International Short Film & Video Festival, sponsored by Standing Rock. Read more for the details.
WHO: STANDING ROCK CULTURAL ARTS
WHAT: 4th ANNUAL STANDING ROCK INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM & VIDEO 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 ³Maldroid*
-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
WHEN: JANUARY 27th, 2007 8pm
WHERE: THE KENT STAGE, 175 E. MAIN ST., KENT, OHIO
COST: $10.00 General Admission/$7.00 Student/Seniors
– Tickets available at www.kentstage.org, The Kent Stage, Woodsy’s Music, The
North Water Street Gallery, and SpinMore Records. Or at the door.
INFO: 330-673-4970 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org
This years 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 ³ 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 Colleges 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, ³Maldroid 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: www.maldroid.com
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: www.myspace.com/marcomorandi
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: www.myspace.com/peterlowey
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.
Thank you for supporting independent filmmakers!
Standing Rock Cultural Arts
257 N. Water St.
Kent, OH 44240