MEDIANET NEWS April 10, 2008

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

Coming up

Picturing the Yukon: a screening by The Yukon Film Society
Tuesday April 15, 8pm
at the Community Arts Council, G6 1001 Douglas St.
$5 suggested donation

MediaNet and the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria present a screening of creative, humourous and thought-provoking works from the Yukon Film Society. Picturing the Yukon is a 107 min. program of drama, animation and experimental film and video capturing aspects of life in the Yukon: history, community and the landscape. Program Curator, Andrew Connors, will be present to introduce the screening.

Go to for more information on the Yukon Film Society


Soundscape Interest Group
The next Soundscape will be next Wed, April 16th at 7 at MN.   Bring a short 30 second to a minute soundscape if you can. You are also welcome to bring work in progress or a concept  or process you’d like to explore.
Upcoming workshops

Three workshops on MediaNet equipment:
These workshops are provided to give an opportunity for members to ask technical questions about the equipment. They are strongly recommended for anyone desiring more knowledge about our cameras, lights or sound.
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

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


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. In addition, ALL MediaNet members are eligible to receive a 25% reduction in tuition costs.

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.

MediaNet  has a year’s 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.
Rick Raxlen’s much-beloved but seldom seen SLIPPAGE(which was launched at MediaNet’s rebirth at the Garry Oak Room )
and five other titles including “Ps & Qs”, have been selected to be streamed/downloadable  as part of Videographe’s half million dollar project to
hyper-launch 500 titles from their 1500 title library. Go to Videographe’s website for more info.


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.

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

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

Deadline for application May 15

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

For more information, go to our website: (also linked to the MediaNet website
Unreal Victoria
August 7-13, 2008

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.

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.

Please contact Kirk or Catlin at  ph. 381-4428
or mail submissions to:
#106 – 2750 Quadra
Victoria, BC V8T 4E8
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.

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


Thank you to everyone who has submitted work. You will hear the results next week.
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
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


“Freedom Erotica At Large”
April 10-16
Opening April 11, 6-9
at the CAC G6, 1001 Douglas St.

A reunion of past artists from the Freedom Erotica Gallery
and the Victoria Erotic Arts Festival.
Gallery hours: Mon-Fri: 10-5
Sat and Sun: 11-4

includes work by MediaNet member Passia Pandora.


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.

Nhan Duc Nguyen- Artist’s residency
Open Space
April 1 to 30

During his residency at Open Space, Vancouver artist Nhan Duc Nguyen is collecting materials to create a Vietnamese shrine, dedicated to the spirit Lao, who has influence over civic matters. Construction of the shrine  will coincide with Citizenship Week in October 2008 as part of British Columbia’s 150 Year Celebration. The artist is calling for community involvement which could take a number of forms:

Making origami flowers and boats
submitting a short essay, letter to the editor, poem or story about a current topic in Victoria
Clips from newspaper articles, pamphlets or stories about the city
Sending a passport-sized photo to be part of the city’s DNA makeup.

For more information, contact Helen Marzolf at Open Space: 383-8833
go to

New Extreme
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
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 Canadian First Weekend Club provides information on fiction and documentary films produced,
written, directed or acted by Canadians appearing in major movie houses.

They are now launching a DVD Club.

Each month a new DVD will be selected.  Throughout the month they will feature an ongoing moderated discussion about the film, with

“special guest appearances” by filmmakers, talent, film experts, etc.

For more information, Go to

Canadian films now in theatre: 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:

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.

Monday, April 14, 6:30pm
Killer of Sheep, 1977, 83 min

This incredible film was first seen launched 1977, but 30 years later emerged re-edited, remastered, and beautifully presented in this Criterion Collection special edition. Long revered as an American masterpiece, Killer of Sheep is a powerful slice-of-life drama about Black society in Watts in the 70’s, grittily and artfully observed. Beautifully filmed black and white, in an almost documentary style with great sound track, originally produced for under $10,000, it delivers an intimate portrait of a conflicted family man, who by the way works in an abattoir. Don’t be put off by the title!

for more info:

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




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