MEDIANET NEWS November 20, 2008

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Thank you to our volunteers for their help at the edges festival!

Tonight!- OPEN CINEMA presents: Escape From Suburbia: Beyond the American Dream

7pm Wednesday 19th November 2008, Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad St.

Doors open at 5.30pm
Cash bar, Fair-trade snacks, VBN market, Door prizes, more!
$10 donation at the door
Event sponsored by Values-Based Business Network

Suburbia, and all its promises, has become a lifestyle predicated on the dwindling availability of cheap and abundant oil.
In Escape from Suburbia, Canadian director Gregory Greene (The End of Suburbia, 2004)
introduces three engaging characters and a small town who move us from the realm of theory to the real world
where an emerging movement of citizen’s groups is confronting our addiction to oil with vision and courage.
This film is a wake-up call that challenges the illusion of never-ending growth and examines alternatives for a more sustainable society in the 21st century and beyond.

Post-screening discussion:

Guy Dauncey Environmentalist & Author
Deb Morse Organic Islands Festival
Roberta Martell Fernwood NRG
Emilie Adin  Deputy Director of Planning, City of Langford

Moderated by Angela Evans
Sustainability Facilitator for Vancouver Island, Fraser Basin Council’s Smart Planning for Communities Initiative


CACGV 40th / BC 150th Anniversary

Saturday, November 22, 2008
6:00pm – 8:00pm

To celebrate the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria’s 40th Anniversary and British Columbia’s 150th, the CACGV has commissioned through an Arts Partners in Creative Development grant, Patricia Bovey to write a monograph on senior Victoria artist Pat Martin Bates called “Pat Martin Bates – Visual Bridging”. You are invited to a special CACGV 40th Anniversary pre-publication reading by Patricia Bovey. The artist will be in attendance.

Movie Monday

6:30 pm Monday 24 November 2008
Cracked Not Broken, 2007, 52 min

Dr Gabor Maté will be our guest to talk about his ground breaking book on addiction, In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction, and to share thoughts on the Toronto film Cracked Not Broken.

“Get a glimpse into the harsh reality and chaotic lifestyle of drug addiction. This film will force you to examine all of your stereotypes about the addicted”

Cracked Not Broken opens a disturbing window on the life of Lisa, a 37-year-old crack-cocaine addict and estranged mother of one who prostitutes herself to fuel her costly drug habit. Although she grew up in an upper middle-class family, went to the right schools and had the right friends, something went terribly wrong. Filmed almost entirely in the Toronto hotel room she lives in and works out of, Cracked Not Broken portrays a highly intelligent, vivacious, articulate and hyperactive woman juggling cell phone and drug paraphernalia with equal dexterity while talking with incredible frankness to filmmaker Paul Perrier – the husband of one of Lisa’s oldest friends – about the struggles of being in “the game” and her quest for redemption. Cracked Not Broken chronicles Lisa’s faltering steps toward recovery and her early efforts to educate others about the illness of addiction. Pg13

For more information  visit <;

Movie Monday is a free event, every Monday in Victoria, B.C.

Movies are shown on a 12′ screen in the Eric Martin Pavilion in the 1900 block of Fort St. Pop & popcorn at ridiculously low prices

LaSaM presents
Sonic Whisper

sounds from the periphery in gently audible turbulence

Saturday, November 29, 2008
8:00pm – 10:00pm
Grace Lutheran Church
1273 Fort Street
Victoria, BC
$10 / $8 Students and Seniors

Kristy Farkas; prepared piano, melodica, bells, music box, gadgets
Tina Pearson; accordion, voiced flute, bowls, gadgets
Chris Reiche; prepared piano, DX7, toy pianos, bowls, gadgets

Sonic Whisper is a concert for the approaching season of dark and mystery, when non-visual senses are heightened. Sonic Whisper takes meaning partially from the ideas expressed about the practice of Horse Whispering. Sonic Whispering is the practice of listening for the sounds, and the spaces between gestures, that come about by using instruments and gadgets in ways they were not intended. By listening for signals from the sonic landscape around us, listening for texture and nuance, and for obscure, evocative and delicate sounds that occur in a place not usually attended to in expressive or formal music, the performers unearth a narrative of sonic whisperings that shift, shimmer and remember.

LaSaM is a collective of composer-performers located in and around Victoria, BC, Canada. Its first concert, Resonant Chambers (January 2008), took inspiration from Alvin Lucier’s work “Chambers”, offering a delicate yet powerful soundspace created with the interrelationships between real and virtual sonic architecture, memory, time, amplification and an instrumentation of prepared piano, voices, flute, clarinet, bowls, gongs and bells. The concert was called “exquisite”, beautiful”, “brilliant” and “the best  electroacoustic concert in Victoria in years” by its audience. Resonant Chambers was a collaboration between founding members of LaSaM: Andy Schloss, Chris Reiche, Tina Pearson, Kirk McNally and Cathy Lewis, with computer programs by David Jaffe, and quotations from the work of John Cage.

Screen Actor’s Studio

845 Fisgard St., V8W 1R9.

Email:    Website: (for program details)



Beginners and Advanced workshops
(Visit :

Dates: Beginner’s: November 28th, 29th & 30th

Dates: Advanced: November 29th & 30th.


The Fall New Music series continues with the visit of internationally renowned composer / performer Pauline Oliveros.  Pauline has been at the forefront of new music for over 50 years.  She will perform at the beautiful Grace Lutheran Church Saturday November 22 , and offer a Deep Listening Workshop Sunday, November 23 at Open Space.  Her lecture November 24 at 1 PM at the University of Victoria will feature the performance of her vocal work Sound Patterns by the University Chamber Singers.

On Friday, November 28, 4 dancers with Victoria’s triPOD converge with 6 musicians from Vancouver’s Qwfwq to present Mating Habits of the Bower Bird, a collaborative narrative created with movement, sound, gesture and performing set design.

Monday November 3 is our 2nd in the series of monthly Monday Improvisation workshops and jams.  Everyone is  welcome, regardless of artistic discipline and experience.

Full details on these and other events below.  For more information, see the Open Space website at <; , 250.383.8833 or email for images, links to sounds and contact information.

Monday, November 17, 6:30 PM, Open Space
WORKSHOP – Flux / Us with Christopher Reiche

Saturday, November 22, 8 PM, Grace Lutheran Church
CONCERT:  Pauline Oliveros (Kingson, New York), accordion and voice with Expanded Instrument System

Sunday, November 23, 1-4 PM, Open Space
WORKSHOP:  Deep Listening Workshop with Pauline Oliveros and Ione

Monday, November 24, 1 PM, University of Victoria
DISCUSSION with Pauline Oliveros

Friday, November 28, 8 PM, Open Space
CONCERT:  Mating Habits of the Bower Bird with triPOD Dance Collective and Qfwfq
triPOD dancers:  Lori Hamar, Kim Tuson, Stacey Horton, and Treena Stubel.
Qfwfq musicians:  Dave Chokroun, Lee Hutzulak, Shane Krause, and Rachael Wadham

Monday, December 1, 6:30 PM, Open Space
WORKSHOP and JAM – Improvisation Practices.  Facilitated by Tina Pearson


William Head on Stage presents Animal Farm
WHoS Reacts to the present political climate…

William Head on Stage is proud to present its 47th production, with the classic story adaptation of “Animal Farm” written by George Orwell and adapted by William Head on Stage.

Directed by Chelsea Haberlin, “Animal Farm” is George Orwell’s classic tale of revolution with the overtones of communism and dictatorships. As well as playing upon Karl Marx’s themes of communism, it is a stinging critique of the history and rhetoric of the Russian Revolution. Chelsea Haberlin has extensive experience as a director, producer and applied theatre practitioner. We feel that these attributes will be excellent in the upcoming production and look forward to seeing you there!

Public Performance Dates: October 31, November 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29

GATES WILL OPEN AT 6:00 p.m. and CLOSE AT 7:15 p.m. SHOW will
START AT 7:30 p.m.

For more information or media please contact: Brian Patrick or Dustin Olson at the WHoS office (391- 7028)
The Canadian First Weekend Club  –

Dvd Club now watching – The Snow Walker

Based on a Farley Mowat short story, “The Snow Walker” is a remarkable journey of discovery in the vast and dangerous beauty of the Northwest Territories. The film follows Charlie Halliday (Barry Pepper), a self-obsorbed pilot in 1950s Yellowknife and Kanaalaq, and a quiet, resourceful Inuit girl (Annabella Piugattuk) who begin an odyssey of transformation and survival after their plane crashes in the remote Arctic tundra.

For more upcoming Canadian feature films go to:




2009 Puget Sound / Georgia Basin Ecosystem Conference Film and Video Festival

Call for film and video submissions:
The Program Committee seeks short films and videos that address marine conservation, land use, climate change, and/or sustainability issues that focus on or affect the Puget Sound Georgia Basin region. Successful film submissions will meet the check-list requirements.
The conference is biennial.  It alternates between Vancouver and Seattle. In 2009, it is in Seattle from February 8th to 11th.

Films will be selected based on quality and fit with conference theme and objectives. Recent films (2006 onwards) are encouraged. The short films (maximum 30 minutes in length) selected for the Film Festival will be shown one evening during the conference. Directors and producers who are able to provide their own transportation to the film festival will be invited to attend the screening.

Entries must be postmarked by November 21, 2008
We are soliciting short films (30 minute maximum)

link to on-line submission form (
Download Film Submission Flyer

Please complete and submit the on-line submission form. Mail a copy of your film or video on DVD or flash drive (.mpg, .mp4, or .wmv format preferred) to the appropriate conference contact person listed below.

For Canadian film submissions:
Bronwen Geddes
PSGB Conference Co-Chair, Environment Canada
#201 – 401 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC CANADA, V6C 3S5

Questions about the status of submissions may be directed to:
Syd Fredrickson
Conference Assistant
University of Washington Conference Management
(206) 543-1537


25th Hamburg International Short Film Festival (2 – 8 June 2009).

on-line entry form:


Niagara Indie Filmfest Gears Up for 10th Anniversary.

The Niagara Indie Filmfest will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary this
June and is inviting film and video makers to join in the fun.

Since its inception in 2000, the Niagara Indie Filmfest has distributed over
$33,000.00 to up and coming Canadian film and video makers. The majority of
films shown at NIFF have been world premieres, providing much needed screen
time to emerging artists.

Entries are now being accepted for the 2009 festival in five categories:
Drama, Documentary, Comedy, Animation, and Experimental.

Films and videos must be under 30 minutes in length and have been produced
between May 2007
and May 2009. Full contest rules and entry forms are available at

Short and feature-length films made after April 1, 2007 are now being accepted for consideration. Films must be available on DVD (Region 0 or 1) for review and must be submitted before November 30, 2008. For complete details visit or

The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers:  17th Annual $100 Film Festival
March 5-7, 2009
Calgary, AB;  CANADA

Deadline for entries:  December 2, 2008.

16mm or Super 8 film under 22 min in length.  MUST be able to provide a Super 8 or 16mm film print for exhibition.
Official release date after December 1, 2006.

The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers is pleased to present the annual $100 Film Festival from March, 2009.  The festival embodies the spirit of low-budget, independent filmmaking and brings the experience of projected celluloid to our audience by only screening film prints.  It is the only competitive festival in Canada that screens exclusively on Super 8 and 16mm film.  The $100 Film Festival does not charge any entrance fees and pays artist fees for all films selected for the festival.    The selected films will also be eligible for festival prizes.  For more information and entry forms, please visit: or e-mail


The Akron Independent Film Festival

Deadline: January 31st, 2009.

Now accepting submissions for the 2009 festival.  We are eager to see all types of work — from experimental to music video to narrative — from all levels of filmmakers.

submission form at:




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