MEDIANET NEWS November 27, 2008

OFFICE HOURS Mon-Fri 9 am – 2 pm, Sat 9 am – noon
(250) 381-4428


Next New Member’s Meeting:
Saturday December 6, 1-3pm at MediaNet, #106 – 2750 Quadra St.

Learn about MediaNet’s policies and procedures. All members who have not attended a new member’s meeting are strongly encouraged to attend.

As of the end of January 2009, those who have not attended a new member’s meeting may have limited access to equipment.

If you are planing to attend, please email Kirk at

The MediaNet Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday, December 13 from 3-5pm,  across the hall from the MediaNet office in room 109.

Please note, only members with up-to-date membership fees may vote at the meeting. If your membership is passed due, this is an excellent time to renew.


MediaNet submissions requests

My Victoria

Sponsored by the Victoria Film Festival

Create a film in a minute on the theme of my Victoria. Works will be screened as part of the Victoria Film Fest event ConVerge, an adventurous afternoon of watching short films in unusual places from roof tops to alleys to local businesses to Chinatown lofts.

Awards will be presented to select filmmakers by the Film Festival jury.


2009 Underground Aboriginal Art Crawl

MediaNet is looking for film and video works for the Second Annual Underground Aboriginal Art Crawl, titled “The Old Guard is Dead.”

Last year, eleven local Aboriginal artists filled three of the city’s artist run centres with a variety of performances and works. This year, MediaNet will contribute with a showcase of film and video works. The gallery walk will take place in March. Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2009.

For information on MediaNet’s involvement in the art crawl, contact Catlin at
For information on the event itself, contact the event organizer, Marlaina Buch at

MediaNet film screening at the AGGV, April 30, 2009

Deadline for submissions, March 15, 2009

MediaNet will be participating in the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s exhibition, Assume Nothing, New Social Practice.
We invite filmmakers to produce short works (10 min max.) which introduce us to people real or imagined. The work could be a biography of someone you know, a mythical biography of a real person, or a day in the life of someone you have imagined. It may be a documentary, a drama, animated, experimental, or a combination.
The screening is inspired by the work of Harrell Fletcher, whose website, Some People, has become an opportunity for individuals to talk about someone important in their lives.

For more information, contact Catlin at


Are you looking for some courses in basic MacIntosh skills? Simply Computing, next door to the Roxy Theatre on Quadra St., are offering the following courses:

To find out more about these and other Apple events, please visit:

Saturday, Nov 29, 2008: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM, at Simply Computing & Cameras – Victoria
Mac OS X
Introduction to Mac OS X

Saturday, Nov 29, 2008: 01:00 PM-02:30 PM, at Simply Computing & Cameras – Victoria
Mac OS X
Introduction to Mac OS X

Wednesday, Dec 3, 2008: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM, at Simply Computing & Cameras – Victoria
Mac OS X
Introduction to Mac OS X

Thursday, Dec 11, 2008: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM, at Simply Computing & Cameras – Victoria
Mac OS X
Introduction to Mac OS X

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2008: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM, at Simply Computing & Cameras – Victoria
The world of digital photography – Buying a Digital Camera
Buying tips for Digital Cameras

Saturday, Dec 20, 2008: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM, at Simply Computing & Cameras – Victoria
Mac OS X
Introduction to Mac OS X

Saturday, Jan 10, 2009: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM, at Simply Computing & Cameras – Victoria
Digital music on your iPod
Learn about digital music on your iPod

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM, at Simply Computing & Cameras – Victoria
The world of digital photography – Buying a Digital Camera
Buying tips for Digital Cameras

Saturday, Jan 24, 2009: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM, at Simply Computing & Cameras – Victoria
Computer buying tips.
Buying a Mac- Which Mac are you!


IN VICTORIA, BC – Saturday, November 29, 2008 @ 7:00 pm

The films (and ensuing forums) on Obama were part of our highlights at the recent 2nd Annual VPAFF
Limited Seating! Admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the door
Obama Tshirts on Sale at the event

***Sponsoring Presenters:         Joyce Kline & Peter Such, owners
1461 Pembroke Street, Victoria, B.C. V8R 1V7

****Supporting sponsors: Shea Butter Market and CSR Developments

Advanced Tickets:
Producer: Ebony Johnson, Director, VPAFF


Movie Monday
Friday, 28 November 2008
Desert Bus

Starting Friday 6pm Nov 28 Desert Bus will be hitting the road again. Same dreary road, same boring game, the same sparky crew as last year’s.

The idea is to take pledges from a www audience as an incentive to tortuously keep the crew on the road playing what Penn and Teller designed to be the “most boring video in the world”, their response to criticism that video games are getting youth too hyper and violent. The LRR crew took the formula and spun it into a phenomena, keeping the bus on the road for 4 1/2 days and raising almost $23,000 for the charity Child’s Play!

It turned into the most entertaining reality TV ever (especially if you’re a parent and can check in at 3 am and see what your 25 year old son is doing). Broadcasting round the clock a window of the game screen and another window of the players and company playing, telling jokes, living large the gamer’s life, riveted to their easy chair cockpit for 4 hour shifts. The big thing was the interactive component: from their Victoria living room answering emails and calls from around the world (Penn and Teller called in several times – and sent donation and food!) For an extra $10-$100 donation they would play upside down, or sing a song or worse. It was a group of nerdy young people you wanted to be part of, so cool were they.

Cunningly, the donation amount starts innocently small – starts at a dollar per hour – and ramps up by 7% each hour, so amazingly, as you can see (jpg 444), by the end of the run last year they were raising $1,600 an hour. They’re already up to $627.32 and committed to drive for 56 hours and haven’t pulled onto the dreary road from Tucson to Vegas yet!

According to Paul Saunders, one of the founding members of LoadingReadyRun, “The mixture of generosity and spite is a really powerful thing.”

Enjoy the power, make them suffer! Participate in Desert Bus! View the whole story. B (full disclosure – proud dad of Paul)

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.

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

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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