For a City that prides itself on being slightly off-centered and quirky, hosting the international short film festival is a great way to show it off. Look, if you want mainstream formula plot lines of big studio mass-produced movies, go to the Regal multiplex in Hudson — but if you want a chance to participate in the creative expression of independent film makers (aka artists) in an intimate and personal setting then you need to go to the 6th Annual Standing Rock International Short Film & Video Festival in Kent this weekend. It’s really that simple.
Standing Rock Cultural Arts is pleased to announce The 6th Annual Standing Rock International Short Film & Video Festival. This event will take place at The Kent Stage, a beautiful historic theater in downtown Kent, Ohio on Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 8pm.
There are three parts to the festival:
1) Independent short films from around the world. This portion includes documentaries, animation, short comedy, collages, music videos, and short drama. It features work by filmmakers from as close as Northeast Ohio and from as far away as Italy, The Netherlands, Israel, and England, Opening Remarks for this part will be made by Internationally Acclaimed Filmmaker and former Kent State University Film Professor, Richard Myers. He will also screen a short excerpt of his work later in the program.
After these films are screened, we will offer ballots to the audience for them to select a People’s Choice Award. The winner shall receive a cash prize and be invited to be featured filmmaker for our festival in 2010.
2) Featured Filmmaker, Julia Pott. Last year’s “People’s Choice” award winner, Julia, has recently graduated with honors from Kingston University and currently works as an illustrator in Central London. We will be previewing her latest animations.
3) Live Music to Films:
a) “is” – Joe Culley, with live musical accompaniment by Joe Culley and Madhu Anand (12:00)
b) “Mandala #2″ – Mike Hovancsek, with live musical accompaniment by Joe Culley, Madhu Anand, and Mike Hovancsek (5:39)
We hope you’re able to come out and enjoy the world of innovative filmmaking. This unique event promises to be an extravaganza of audiovisual adventure.
Richard Myers has always lived in Massillon, and Kent, Ohio. Since 1960 his films have synthesized his own dream world with that of America’s collective unconscious, creating films that, while deeply personal and ‘site-specific,’ nevertheless resonate within the larger American landscape.
“Myers’ films often times depict journeys to places that seem close by, but that virtually explore vast distances within the terrain of dreams and fantasies. His films are like reconnaissance tours through middle America, melancholic searches for something – an object, an idea, a person, a feeling. And the milieu of his films is often that of the carnival, the medicine show, or the movie theater.
“Myers started out as a painter, printmaker and photographer. As he puts it, ‘What excited me most about film was the idea that it could all be done by one person, that he or she could do everything: conceive of the idea, shoot the film, make the sets, edit the film, do the sound, etc. Film allowed me to do all these things, and ‘paint’ images from my dreams, and personal memory.’ For Myers, ‘film is poetry, painting, and photography, all in one.’
“His first film, THE PATH, established his ‘palette.’ ‘THE PATH, was a short silent film based on a dream,’ Myers explains. ‘I tried to direct the viewer through forms and substances, rather than with narrative and story. I thought of the film as a myth, – myth as an intermediate and indispensable stage between conscious and unconscious cognition.
The film visually and rhythmically evolved from unconscious direction, and most of my subsequent films have done the same.’ “Few American filmmakers equal Myers in breadth of work and perseverance of vision, built upon self-examination and a deep love of cinema. In articulating his own reality, his own dreams, Myers has created a body of work that constitutes one of the outstanding achievements in American filmmaking.” – Ruth Bradley
*Richard Myers will be screening a 10 minute trailer from his award winning film “37-73″.*
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