MEDIANET NEWS March 27, 2008

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

MediaNet will be closed this saturday at 10:00am so that we can set up for Open Ended Conversations.
You may drop off and pick up equipment at the usual times.


This weekend

Open Ended Conversations: The Invisible Economy of the Arts
A conversation identifying anonymous benefactors, under-reported labour and the economy of goodwill
Saturday, March 29, 2pm at Open Space, 510 Fort St.

Come and hear a talk and join a discussion with Max Wyman, Glenn Alteen, Kirsten Wright and Bill Cowan

MediaNet has been given three certificates from the Gulf Island Film and Television School for half-price tuition
for three of their spring workshops: 10-day Activist documentary Program (May 2-11) Adult Media Intensive program (May 11-17) and
Two Week Producers’ Intensive Program.

Go to: for a description of the courses or come by MediaNet to pick up their brochure.

The first three people to express interest in the offer will receive the certificates.


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.
Please contact Kirk or Catlin at if you would like to attend.

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

Equipment – see the online discussion and equipment resource links at
You can check out Kirk’s tech blog at:
and leave your comments.

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

MediaNet has just subscribed to, an internet software training site, for the next year.  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 the shop. However, we are pleased to announce our new Canon HV30! The next model up from the HV20A. Available for booking.

Images Alone: Films Created for Silent Presentation
Deadline for submissions- April 20

Create a video  on any topic WITHOUT SOUND,  to be screened on a loop  in a store front window in cooperation with the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria.  Participants will receive 50 volbucks each. If you wish to participate, please contact Catlin or Kirk  at or 381-4428.

Unreal Victoria
August 7-13, 2008

We are looking for images that are surreal, unreal and super-real to be exhibited at the Community Arts Council.
Send us your videos, photographs, three dimensional works and installations. Prizes will be awarded and members will receive volbucks.

Submission deadlines: July 7 for documentation of 3D and installation work
July 22 for films/videos and August 4 at noon for jpegs of photographic work.

Please contact Kirk or Catlin at  ph. 381-4428
or mail submissions to:
#106 – 2750 Quadra
Victoria, BC V8T 4E8
Vantage Point, MediaNet’s on-line magazine of critical discourse on the media arts, is looking for writings on artistic process
and “the invisible economy of the arts.”
Send us your thoughts, musings and ideas.

Contact: Catlin Lewis, Editor
381-4428 or
To view current issue, go to

EDGES FESTIVAL – Deadline September 1st

MediaNet is pleased to announce its 4th edition of the “edges” media art festival, scheduled for Nov 13-16, 2008.  The deadline for submissions will be September 1st, 2008.  Got to the website for more information and a submission form:
“edges” is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.
for “A Sense of Place”
Deadline for submission: April 10

MediaNet will be submitting an application to the BC government’s “Arts Partners in Creative Development” program, seeking funding for production assistance to commission a series of short films/videos on the theme of personal visions of Victoria’s historical landscape, titled “A Sense of Place”.  MediaNet seeks submissions from its members for short video projects; please send a paragraph description of your idea for a short film (on the theme of investing Victoria’s historical landscape with your own personal vision), along with your CV attached, to by April 10th.  Selected projects will be submitted with MediaNet’s application to the Arts Partners program, and provided production funding if MediaNet’s application is successful.

The Engaged Body: Live Art/Performative Video
June 23 to July 4, 2008

Victoria B.C., Canada

Deadline has been extended to April 15

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

For more information, please contact program coordinator, Catlin Lewis
(250) 381-4428
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


Thank you to everyone who has submitted work. You will hear the results in approximately two weeks.

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:


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

MediaNet member looking to buy a high 8 camera for dubbing purposes.
Contact Dianne Searle at 598-0612 or


Sony Hi Def FX1 video camera
asking $4000
Manfrotto Head and Tripod
asking $500
contact Russ at 656-5133
Wanted – Camera operator with access to an HDV camera for a shoot on April 13th. I’m looking for someone who can help document a performance (2nd Camera) for 2-3 hours. It’s for a short, humorous no-budget documentary. I can come up with some money to pay for time and equipment but it won’t be full scale. Contact Paul Manly: 250 754-9254 or 604 506-7651
Videographer wanted to shoot a two-hour seminar at MacPherson Hall between 8:00pm and 10pm Sunday, April 1 2008.  You will need access to professional digital camera, suitable lighting equipment if deemed necessary and suitable audio equipment. We have a SONY mini DV we will be using for backup with a professional grade mic and cables you may use if need be. Subject is a single presenter and audience shots. We will provide some direction and would like to set up and test at 7PM. This seminar will be sold on DVD in WMV and as online Flash movie.
Please reply with a quotation including rental fees if applicable.
Contact Rick Austin
tel. 294-1637
The Victoria Land Conservancy is looking for someone interested in documenting the restoration of their latest project, Ross Bay Villa,
a house from the 1860’s due to be completed this year. They would like a record of this work, but it could also be an interesting documentary topic.
There may be a small honourarium.
If interested, please contact Tara Todesco at 479-8399


New Extreme
Opening Reception: April 24, 2008 at 7:30pm
Exhibition runs until May 21, 2008

New Extreme 2008 has five Victoria artists working with 70 students in five high schools.
Together they explore contemporary art practices, create art works in a variety of media and learn how to write artist statements.
The artists and schools participating are:  Gillian Booth working with found object assemblage at Reynolds;
April Caverhill making rag masks at the Girls’ Alternative Program; Gareth Gaudin, creating cartoon zines at Spectrum;
Carey Newman doing glass carving at Esquimalt and Grace Salez producing short videos at Belmont.
New Extreme 2008 will culminate in a group exhibition at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
Please join us in celebrating these talented young Victoria artists.

The Sixth Annual Gathering of the Hawke Tribette of Je Suis uno Pittza
April 1, 2008

Assemble at Vancouver and Pandora St. at 8-10 – breakfast provided by Food Not Bombs
2pm speech by Eloise Charet about Kootenay Valley’s water issues
walk to Mile 0 for a pic-nic and teepee painting, Kootenay drums, giant kites and fun

Camera person needed to record Eloise Charet’s speech. If interested, contact E.J. Sutherland at
Also looking for donations of tents, sleeping bags, rain gear etc. to donate to the homeless.

Fundraising Event – FLOW: For the Love of Water
On April 21st, OC will be celebrating Earth Day with our first-ever fundraising event at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad St), and we want to invite you to join us!

Featuring the Western Canada Premiere of the award-winning documentary Flow: For the Love Of Water (, followed by discussion about local and global water issues, free snacks, cash bar, silent auction and more! Director Irena Salina will be in attendance, along with a panel of distinguished water specialists.

Since 2003, we have served the Victoria community by bringing significant and thought-provoking films, filmmakers and discussion to engage and inspire you.   If OC has engaged or inspired you, please consider donating to ensure that our vibrant cultural event continues to thrive for the next five years and beyond.

Please stay tuned, or visit for more details.

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,
A Winter Tale, Up the Yangtze, Normal
Upcoming films include: Baby Blues,  Emotional Arithmetic, 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


6:30 Monday 31 March 2008
Helvetica, 2007, 140 min

These days everybody is a desktop publisher and is choosing fonts to express themselves. Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which celebrated its 50th birthday in 2007) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. The film is an exploration of urban spaces in major cities and the type that inhabits them, and a fluid discussion with renowned designers about their work, the creative process, and the choices and aesthetics behind their use of type. Helvetica encompasses the worlds of design, advertising, psychology, and communication, and invites us to take a second look at the thousands of words we see every day.

Saturday, April 11th at 7:30pm.
Admission by Donation

Petals  addresses the cultural, political, emotional and historical impacts on our perceptions of the vulva through a photography project aimed at exploring the  modern emotional responses to an aspect of life that was once worshipped.
The new, improved version of this film has benefitted from enthusiastic  audience responses and feedback from previous Victoria screenings- including the first year of Victoria’s Erotic Arts Fest, where it garnered the audience
favorite award at only 10 minutes in length.  After much encouragement,  Petals became a feature length project, and then tailored down to a one hour film which screened as part of Victoria’s Arts Symposium to much acclaim.

for more info:

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




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