MEDIANET NEWS March 6, 2008

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

MediaNet One-Minute Challenge- This Saturday, March 8th
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.
Participants will receive 50 volbucks each. If you wish to participate, please contact Catlin or Kirk  at or 381-4428.


Upcoming workshops

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

Saturday April 12, 12-3pm: Camera Workshop
Saturday May 10, 12-3pm: Lighting Equipment
Saturday May 31, 12-3pm: Sound

Equipment task force meeting:  March 22 from 12 to 2pm at MediaNet-
please let Kirk or Catlin know if you plan to attend-

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

Grips needed for tonight, March 6, from 3-12pm
to work on documentary at the Empress Hotel with filmmaker Carl Bessai

If you are interested, contact Production Manager Teri Snelgrove at 604-817-8374

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. The GS200 is out of commission. The PD150 has returned!


Deadline for submissions- one week left!: 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

If you are planing to attend, please contact Catlin with your name and contact information.

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

Pacific Festival of the Book begins next Monday!
March 10-20, 2008
Victoria Arts Connection
#110-2750 Quadra Street (northwest of Hillside), Victoria, BC V8T 4E8
t. 250-477-9089 e.

APPEARING SATURDAY MARCH 15TH at the Victoria Arts Connection:

Ulla Ryghe grew up in Stockholm, Sweden, where she also started her career in film and worked as Ingmar Bergman’s film editor during the 1960’s. In 1968 she packed her bags, becoming a voyager to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the East. Along the way her life brimmed with people, events and experiences, which are chronicled in her memoir “Travels in Wonderland” to be launched this March and featured at the PFB Group Book Launch event on Sunday March 16th. The book reveals a rare account of working with Bergman as well as the NFB in Montreal. She now lives in Victoria, B.C.

The Community Arts Council presents:
Myself/Women in the World
juried exhibition of women artists celebrating International Women’s Day, 2008

Guest curator Astri Wright will give a talk on “glimpses of women artists in the world” on Saturday, March 8 at 2pm at
the CAC, G6 Sussex Place courtyard, 1001 Douglas St.

for more information, contact the CAC: 381-2787

Two Open Cinema Premiere Public Screenings Celebrate Two Creative Lives!

On Tuesday March 11th 2008 at 7pm, OPEN CINEMA and The Power of Hope continue their
collaboration with a made-in-Victoria arts double bill at Open Space (510 Fort St): Art is a
Mirror and Ted Grant: The Art of Observation. These premiere public screenings
celebrating a pair of creative lives will be followed by an open forum discussion.

Art is a Mirror (Moonbeam Productions, 2006) is a celebration of Canada’s visual arts
heritage, as seen through the eyes of Quebec artist Jeremie Giles.

Ted Grant: The Art of Observation (Asterisk Productions, 2007) is the story of Canada’s
best known, unknown photographer, who has been creating iconic images for over half a

COST: $10 donation, free for youth/seniors

For more information, Contact: Mandy Leith
Phone: (250) 385-3003

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, Up the Yangtze, Poor Boy’s Game
Upcoming films include: Baby Blues,  Normal, and Amal
For more upcoming Canadian feature films go to:


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, March 10, 6:30

Reservation Soldiers – Lisa Jackson, 2007, 72 min
plus Being Innu – Catherine Mullins, 2007, 48 min
Here are a couple of new independent Canadian films that explore the problems faced by young people who live in remote aboriginal communities.

Being Innu takes an unvarnished look at life in the village of Sheshatshiu, Labrador. Six savvy, gutsy young people talk to Montreal filmmaker Catherine Mullins about addiction, suicide, lack of jobs, hopelessness. How did it get this way and how can it change? The countryside glows with breathtaking cinematography.

Reservation Soldiers takes a close look at the complex relationship between the Canadian Forces and First Nations youth, following several young Western Canadian youth through the Strong Eagle boot camp process. The military have pushed their recruitment drive into high gear, and native youth represent the perfect untapped resource. Why are these teens so keen to participate? What options are there? You’ll be surprised at the conclusions.

Two excellent films by very involved filmmakers. I’m pleased to bring filmmakers Catherine Mullins (by phone) and Vancouver’s Lisa Jackson together for a discussion about their provocative films on this perplexing subject.  Rated: Pg language

for more info:

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





#106 – 2750 Quadra
Victoria, BC V8T 4E8
tel: (250) 381-4428


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