Seasonal Special Happenings

Short Film Fest at Kent

When: Sat., Jan. 29 2011

Amid the glitz and glamour of Hollywood's annual cycle of self congratulations, it might be nice to take a breather and appreciate the little guy. In this case, we mean that literally: Tonight, the Eighth Annual Standing Rock International Short Film & Video Festival comes to Kent. A celebration of shorties in their myriad incarnations, the festival will feature flicks from Kent to Columbus and from Turkey to the Netherlands. Animation, comedies, documentaries, and more will be on the bill, along with two silent films by Kent multimedia artist Mike Hovancsek accompanied by live music. The event's featured filmmaker is Israel's Ilana Yahav, whose beautiful animations are created by her active manipulation of small mounds of sand. (Judging by her YouTube videos, these will look immeasurably better on a big screen.) The fest begins at 8 p.m. at the Kent Stage, 175 E. Main St. in Kent. Tickets are $10, or $7 for students and seniors. For more info, along with a rundown of the films, check out standingrock.net. — Delaney

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