MEDIANET NEWS February 14, 2008

OFFICE HOURS Mon-Fri 9 am – 2 pm, Sat 9 am – noon

Vantage Point on-line magazine launch
A magazine of critical discourse on the media arts

Come to our magazine launch Thursday, February 21 at the Collard Room at Swans 5-8 pm for drinks and refreshments
Vantage Point hosts articles, interviews, reviews and video clips dealing with issues of interest to the media arts community
Our first issue is on Visual Music, featuring the essay Stan Brakhage and Visual Music by Marilyn Brakhage and interviews between Marilyn Brakhage and independant filmmaker and video artist Rick Raxlen. Come and meet the authors, and chat with writers and media artists.

Submissions to Vantage Point are ongoing, and artist fees are paid.
We are currently looking for articles on the theme of creative process, the business of art, and reviews of films to appear in conjunction with our issue on Open-Ended, Conversations About Artistic Practice.

For more info contact Catlin Lewis, magazine Editor, at 381-4428 or info@media-net,bc,ca



Upcoming workshops

Grant Writing with Peter Sandmark, Tuesday February 19, 7-9pm at MediaNet
This workshop is open to MediaNet and CineVic members only. Cost is $10.
Please contact 381-4428 to reserve a spot

Peter Sandmark will show you how to enhance your chances of getting a grant from either the Canada Council for the Arts (deadline March 1st),
or the BC Arts Council (deadline April 30th).  Participants can bring along their applications-in-progress.
The session will discuss general principles and guidelines for presenting your project.
Peter Sandmark is a senior artist who works as MediaNet’s Executive Director, and recently exhibited work at the Ministry of Casual Living.
He has written numerous grants and proposals both for his own work, and for centers like MediaNet, the Independent Media Arts Alliance,
and MainFilm. He has participated on juries for both the BC Arts Council and the Canada Council in the past.

Three workshops on MediaNet equipment: Please note- workshops have been rescheduled
Technical Director Kirk Schwartz will guide you through the proper use and capabilities of MediaNet’s equipment in these hands-on workshops.

Saturday March 22, 12-3pm: Camera Workshop
Saturday March 29, 12-3pm: Lighting Equipment
Saturday April 5, 12-3pm: Sound

New Members meeting
Saturday February 23, 12-2
All new members are encouraged to come. Learn about MediaNet, our policies and equipment.


Watch for more workshop announcements on the tech and workshop blog  at

Members are invited to take part in a discussion of MediaNet’s equipment acquisition strategy. Our current equipment is listed on our website at  Post your ideas and comments on MediaNet’s tech and workshop blog
and help us plan for the upcoming year.
MediaNet has a subscription to, an internet software training site. You can sign in from the members account on the surfing computer or the edit station in the main office. Come in and check out the multimedia training on (FCP, Soundtrack, Flash, Photoshop). The username is and the member account will automatically fill in the password. To reserve a time, contact Catlin or Kirk.

The FX1 is still in for repairs. Next week, we hope!

MediaNet announces the One-Minute challenge!
Create a film/ video or sound piece on any topic and bring it to be screened on March 8 at 7:30 at The Project Arts Community, 614 1/2 Fisgard St, 2nd floor.
Awards will be given, and participants will receive 50 volbucks each. For more information, contact Catlin at or 381-4428


Deadline for submissions: March 15, 2008

We are looking for film and video works surrounding ideas of place/ displacement, real and invented histories, abandonment and reunion, internal and external quests for a sense of place or belonging and the ghosts that haunt us.
A screening will accompany the exhibit Graeme Patterson: Woodrow at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Submission Requirements:
– Works should be no longer than 10 minutes (approx.) in length
-Please attach an artist statement with a brief biography
-film and video stills appreciated
-works should be sent as DV tapes or DVDs

Do not send original copies. Include a SASE if you wish to have materials returned.
We encourage works in all genres and from diverse communities.

Fees will be paid for works accepted.

Please send submissions to:

106-2750 Quadra St.
Victoria B.C.
V8T 4E8

Please direct enquiries to

Catlin Lewis
Program Curator

Call for submissions

REEL DANCE FILM FEST, July 25, 26 and August 2, 2008, in Victoria, BC

Deadline for Submissions: May 1, 2008

showcasing dance films from around the world!

The festival will present two evening programs of engaging dance films selected from entries submitted by May 1st.

For info and an entry form:

Contact: Catlin Lewis

tel 381-4428, email:

Reel Dance is presented in conjunction with MediaNet’s workshop, Dance for the Camera (DFTC), an intensive summer program for choreographers, filmmakers, and dancers. A third program at Reel Dance will be an eclectic screening of new works produced by the participants of the 2008 Dance for the Camera workshop. Find more information on the Dance for the Camera website:


4th Annual Dance for the Camera, Summer Intensive Program

July 21 to August 2, 2008

Victoria B.C., Canada

DFTC 2008 is a unique opportunity for established and emerging choreographers, filmmakers, videographers, dancers and visual artists to explore dance/movement for the camera under the mentorship of award winning choreographer, filmmaker, curator, educator and recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship (2006), Ellen Bromberg.

DFTC’s participants are individually assisted while exploring the technical, practical and artistic challenges involved in producing a dance/movement video. Works will be publicly screened on the last night of the workshop.


$1300 Canadian total
$700 Can.  total for B.C. residents

Please send deposit of $100 by APPLICATION DEADLINE of MAY 15TH 2008

For more information, go to our website: (also linked to the MediaNet website
MediaNet is proud to announce our new summer workshop intensive, The Engaged Body: Live Art/Performative Video
June 23 to July 4, 2008

Victoria B.C., Canada

The Engaged Body is a 10-day intensive workshop focusing on live performance art and performative video, taught by respected educator and performance artist, Judith Price.

Participants will receive mentoring, feedback and technical assistance while producing performance art pieces and performative video in a supportive and collaborative environment.

Each Participant will leave the workshop with his or her original video project, and works will be publicly screened on the last night of the workshop.

$600 (Canadian) total
$100 deposit should be sent with application form
Deadline for application: April 1st, 2008.

For more information, please contact program coordinator, Catlin Lewis
(250) 381-4428
Members’ links on the  MediaNet website
See who has their own web site and then send Kirk a reminder to link to your page from MediaNet’s member and friends page at


Sony Hi Def FX1 video camera
asking $4000
Manfrotto Head and Tripod
asking $500
contact Russ at 656-5133

World Animation Day

Saturday, March 1st, 2008, 7pm
Camosun College Lansdowne Campus
Rm 100, Fisher Building
3100 Foul Bay Road

Come for an evening of animation and experimental filmmaking from Victoria and beyond.

7pm: National Film Board Presents: Selected Films from the NFB Animation Hothouse- an internship
program for emerging animators across Canada.

8pm: Jazz and snacks

9pm: Victoria Program curated by award-winning Victoria filmmaker (and member of MediaNet) Rick Raxlen-
10 short art-driven handmade, edgy personal labours of love.

Scene and Heard

February 22nd 2008 8pm doors 7:30
Metro Studio 1411 Quadra Tickets $5.00 available at CineVic

CineVic: Society of Independent Filmmakers has been collaborating with traditional oral storytellers from
Puente Theatre to produce a night of performance entitled Scene & Heard featuring stories told through
live narration and film, animation, and video. CineVic is excited to be co-presenting these artistic
collaborations between two powerful forms of storytelling – one the first, the other the most modern.
The three collaborations and the artists presenting them are:

Ceremony of Death: Grace Salez + Raji Basi
A young Indian girls first experience with a death ceremony conducted by the older women of her community.

The Jackal’s Lawsuit: Rachel Moore + Paulina Grainger
A litigious collection of animals seek their own forms of justice in this story inspired by the wildlife of Paulina Grainger’s African homeland.

Lady Laluna: Mark Borowski + Janice Valdez
The story of young Fillipina princess with a gifted voice, Lady Laluna, and her ill fated romance with a young outsider.


Friday February 15 – Ridge Cinema, Vancouver (open run)  Director and Producer in attendance for Q&A.

On February 8th, we’re launching UP THE YANGTZE, our 4 year-in-the-making epic documentary on China’s devastating Three Gorges Dam. We’ve gambled it all and gone to 35mm film print (beautifully done by Technicolor), launching an open run at the Cumberland in Toronto, followed by Vancouver (feb 15), Montreal (feb 22), Ottawa (feb 29), etc. then the U.S. in April with Zeitgeist. In order to help support the existence of feature docs in cinemas, we need your help forwarding this message, and showing up to the theater on OPENING WEEKEND! Also, we’re up against a big rival: Paris Hilton’s new film also opens Feb 8th. Please, if only for this reason, please help UP THE YANGTZE beat THE HOTTIE AND THE NOTTIE on opening weekend!

The Canadian First Weekend Club provides information on fiction and documentary films produced,
written, directed or acted by Canadians appearing in major movie houses.
Now Playing: How She Move,
The Tracey Fragments (at Cinecenta March 5 & 6)
Upcoming films include: Baby Blues, Up the Yangtze
Normal, and Amal
For more upcoming Canadian feature films go to:

The Dogwood Initiative is looking for a skilled volunteer to help us put together an instructional video
to introduce our new campaign targeting Forest Minister Rich Coleman and asking for his resignation.
A major component of this campaign is to get people to make their own short video’s stating why
Minister Coleman is the wrong man for the job.

The instructional video will run 3-5 minutes and will be designed as a general introduction to the issue
and as succinct instructions on how interested parties can join the campaign and add there own video response.
We are looking for someone with experience with camerawork, sound, and editing. We would like someone who could start ASAP.

Time Commitment:
Planning: 1-2 hours
Filming: 2 shoots. approx. 2 hours each
Editing: 3 – 5 hours

Project completion date, End of February, 2008.

Please contact Maurita Prato, Forestry Campaigner, at Dogwood Initiative. Email or Call 370 9930 ext 26.

Gulf Island Film and Television School (GIFTS)
announces a two-week Producer’s intensive media camp, May 19-30, 2008
For more information call 1-800-813-9993


Eric Martin Pavilion

Monday, Feb 18th, 6:30

Knocked Up, 2007, 133 min
plus The Windfisherman
A surprisingly sweet comedy about a free-wheeling one night stand and unexpected repercussions.
Now a career girl has to decide if this decidedly immature, geeky man could be a father to her babe.
And he is trying – very trying… Knocked Up is somewhat raunchy but I found it ultimately winning.
133min R language and sexual content

for more info:

in the 1900 block of Fort St. Pop & popcorn at ridiculously low prices.




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