MEDIANET NEWS February 5, 2009

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Please note: MediaNet news will now appear bi-weekly. The next newsletter will be sent on Thursday February 19, 2009
This Saturday – Victoria Film Festival’s Converge – an afternoon of short film and video works screened in downtown Victoria in unusual locations.
Co-sponsored by MediaNet and Cinevic.
2:00 – 4:30 pm (the evening session is sold out) Tix $10.

Watch media works on hand-cranked projectors, video walkmans and portable dvd players. Locations include coffee shops, galleries, car garages and a tattoo parlour!

The event includes My Victoria, film and video works by local filmmakers, at Kabuki Kabs, 526 Discovery St.

Tickets are available at the Festival office, at 1215 Blanshard St.

Also: on Friday, February 6, at 7:00pm catch Red Jacket, co-produced by MediaNet member Lance Gilson.
Red Jacket tells the story of Nicolas Chow Johnson, a resident of Esquimalt who was violently attacked
by gang members “because he left home wearing the wrong colours in a war he wasn’t fighting.” In a double bill with My Son the Pornographer.

For more information on the festival, go to

Coming up: MediaNet Edgecasting on Shaw Cable (channel 11 )

Our Edgecasting 2 program features the following works by MediaNet members:

Adrift by Farheen Haq
CreamPuff Theory by Grace Salez
Frieda by Maureen Bradley
Homelessnation by Rose Henry
Self Storage by Stacey Horton and Maureen Bradley
Into the Light by Christin Keeler

The program will be aired on the following days and times:

Saturday, Feb. 14th 9:00 AM
Sunday, Feb. 15th at 10:00 PM

Saturday, Feb. 21st at 3:30 PM
Sunday, Feb. 22nd at 11:00 PM

MediaNet’s first Video Party!
Saturday Feb 28 in the room just behind the MediaNet offices.

Starts at 7:00pm. MediaNet members and guests welcome. Bring some food and drinks, show off your work, and see what other MN members have been doing. E-mail Kirk or Cat if you have something you would like to show in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. Or just come to find out what your MediaNet brethern have been creating.


5th annual Dance for the Camera 2009
Intensive Summer Program
July 18 to July 31

DFTC 2009 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, Ellen Bromberg.

For information and an application, go to the Dance for the Camera website
It can also be accessed through the MediaNet website

The Engaged Body: Live Art/ Performative Video
June 21-28, 2009

Early registration fee of $400 if you register before March 1, 2009

The Engaged Body is a week long intensive workshop focusing on “live art”- performance art as embodied actions, and performative video works – taught by respected educator and performance artist, Judith Price.

For more information, please go to the MediaNet website and click on Engaged Body
or contact Catlin at


Thank you to everyone who submitted work to the Aboriginal Art Crawl.

The Crawl will take place on March 13 from approx 4:30pm on, with a MediaNet video screening at 8pm at the Community Arts Council, G6 1001 Douglas St.

For information on times and locations, go to:


MediaNet film screening at the AGGV, April 30, 2009

The opening reception for Assume Nothing: New Social Practice is Tonight (January 29) begining at 7:30pm. This is a great time to see the exhibition, meet many of the artists, and enjoy food and refreshments.

Deadline for film and video 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 film and video works (10 min max.) introducing interesting people from their lives and communities. The work may be in a documentary format, but can also encompass experimental elements. There are many ways to tell a person’s story: drawings, photographs and visual poetry are some of many examples.
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


Coming Up: A new MediaNet workshop intensive:

an unusual program for unusual filmmakers
Sat May 9 to Saturday May 30. Members $150 Non Members $175
A three week learning and production program to experiment with a variety of forms and techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to expand their filmmaking horizons through a variety of seminars and workshops. Works created through the program will be screened on Sat May 30 and may be distributed on the internet.
instructors: various

more information and workshop schedule to come.

The MediaNet tech blog:



New Members’ Orientation
Sat Feb 7 – 1 PM
Please note that members who have not attended an orientation will have their equipment privileges restricted after this time.

Photos for Video
Tues 10 Feb – 7 PM $5 members $15 non members
Learn how to properly size and format photos for your video as well as basic motion techniques and the “Ken Burns” effect for video
instructor – Kirk Schwartz
Shooting your Project in HD
Sat Feb 21 – 1 PM $5 members $15 non members
Learn the basic work flow for shooting your video in HD – how to capture it, what to do with it and how to export it for computer, internet and DVD
instructor – Kirk Schwartz


New Members’ Orientation
Tues March 3 – 7 PM
all members are required to have attended a membership orientation before being granted equipment access. Please register in advance
Burning Data and Movies to DVD
Sat March 14 – 1 PM $5 members $15 non members
Get to know the difference between Movie DVDs and Data DVDs and when to burn the best type for your needs
instructor: Kirk Schwartz

Voice Overs and Voice Recording
Using QuickTime Pro and Final Cut on the Mac or on an external recorder
Tues March 24 – 7 PM $5 members $15 non members
Learn the best voice mic techniques as well as how to record voice overs using QuickTime pro or right into Final Cut
instructor: Kirk Schwartz


New Members’ Orientation
Sat 4 April – 1 PM
all members are required to have attended a membership orientation before being granted equipment access. Please register in advance
Production Forms and Releases
Tuesday 7 April – 7 PM $5 members $15 non members
Understand the basic forms and releases you require to make sure you can show your work to the public anywhere, anytime.
instructor: Kirk Schwartz
MediaNet Cameras
Sat 18 April – 1 PM $5 members only.
Learn about how to best use the variety of cameras MediaNet has to offer. For new members or as a refresher for current members
instructor: Kirk Schwartz


MultiCam shoots and basic multicam editing
Sat May 2 – 1 PM $5 members $15 non members
Learn how to set up your multicam shoot and then how to put it all together in Final Cut.
instructor: Kirk Schwartz

New Members’ Orientation
Tues 5 May – 7 PM
all members are required to have attended a membership orientation before being granted equipment access. Please register in advance

Stay tuned for announcements of more member facilitated workshops



Vancouver Island School of Art announces “Video Doodle,” taught by Peter Sandmark

The Vancouver Island School of Art presents a weekend workshop by MediaNet Executive Director, Peter Sandmark, about using video for creating art. Since the advent of moving pictures, artists have made art films. Now, digital cameras are as accessible as paper and pencils. This video doodle workshop will demonstrate how to make short art videos and upload them to the internet. Ideally students should have their own digital cameras, but some cameras will be available. No experience required. The instructor, Peter Sandmark, has an MFA in Open Media, and is a former film making teacher at Concordia University. (March 7, 8; 10 am to 5 pm, $150) To register, or for more information contact:


Movie Monday

6:30 pm Monday 9 February 2009
Brick Lane, 2007, 102 min

A young Bangladeshi woman arrives in 1980s London for an arranged marriage and a new life. Trapped within the four walls of her flat and in a loveless marriage she fears her soul is quietly dying. Nazneen struggles to accept her lifestyle but she soon discovers that life cannot be avoided – and is forced to confront it the day that the hotheaded young Karim comes knocking at her door.

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


Monday Magazine M Awards

Monday Magazine’s sixth annual M Awards are under way. MediaNet’s Scott Amos has been nominated for Favorite Local Filmmaker!

To vote:

The ballot can be found online at:

Or, If you prefer, paper ballots can be found in the January 31, February 7 and February 14 issues of Monday. Paper ballots can be dropped off at 818 Broughton Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 1E4.


Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria

Independent Media Artists Competition for Short Films & Videos

Deadline for submissions: March 15, 2009

The CACGV invites submissions for our Practicing Artist Awards for 2009 in Media Art.

$1000 will be awarded in each category of Personal Expression and Experimental Expression. Three awards of merit and two of honourable mention in each category.
Personal Expression may include personal documentary, family, or impressionistic works.
Experimental Expression may include works which push the boundaries of technology, form or substance

1. Limited to works 15 minutes or less in duration. Must be submitted in DVD or CD only (installation proposals may be submitted in pdf format on DVD or CD
2. Must have been produced within the last three years.
3. Not eligible: corporate or sponsored films/videos, music videos, programs slated for broadcast or previously broadcast on television.
4. Entrants are limited to directors who are residents of the CRD.

Entires must include:
1. A DVD (NTSC only) copy of your work.
2. A one-page resume outlining your training and any current professional experience, noting any previously created works. Please insure your contact information is current and complete.
3. Three photos from the work and a one-paragraph description of the work.

Submit entries to: Attn Practicing Artists Awards
Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria
G6 1001 Douglas St
Victoria, BC, V8W 2C5
Awards will be announced at the Opening on Friday April 24, 2009. Finalists will be notified one week before the Opening. Mailbacks only with a self-addressed envelope stamped with sufficient postage.
CACGV reserves the right to use award winners names in publicity materials and may request the right to use show clips in promotion.

SCREEN ACTOR’S STUDIO. 845 Fisgard St, Victoria V8W 1R9

Winter 2009 Adult Programs now enrolling.

The Canadian First Weekend Club –

First Weekend Club is a non-profit organization that strives to build audiences for great Canadian films through grassroots initiatives such as special screenings, Q&As with talent, premiere parties, movie alerts and much more! First Weekend Club is a free cross Canada film club that encourages members to attend opening weekend screenings.

First Weekend Club has partnered up with Videomatica for their 10th Annual Alternative Oscars® Contest. Canadian film fans

from coast to coast will have until February 22nd to vote for the winners. Be sure to vote at:

For more upcoming Canadian feature films go to:


Information on Projects, Residencies, Bursaries, and Submission Requests to other media arts centres

are listed in the on-line version of the newsletter only. Please go to:

send + receive: a festival of sound is seeking submissions!

/send + receive/ is an international *audio art* festival that advances the discipline of sound art, and is one of the few annual media arts festivals in North America focusing exclusively on *sound-based* work.

We are currently accepting submissions for our February 28th deadline!

send + receive showcases current and newly emerging areas of investigation in a variety of forms including live performance, radio, web-based projects, internet streaming projects, sound poetry, installations, film and video screenings, workshops, and panel discussions – all with ‘sound’ as the fundamental element.
send + receive now welcomes submissions throughout the year for consideration in our future programming.
For access to our submission form go to:


Video Pool Media Arts Centre
2009/2010 Call for Submissions

Theme: Digital Craft
Deadline: Monday, March 2, 2009.

Digital Craft – how the increasing availability of technological resources has given rise to amateur digital art making and a democratization of new media – will be
Video Pool’s programming theme in 2009/10. This thematic framework will also deal with crafting aesthetic and its proliferation into new media work.

Video Pool invites submissions for the 2009/10 programming season. We encourage projects that conceptualize Digital Craft through:

• New media
• Experimental electronics/hacking of electronics
• DIY rapid prototyping
• Installation (with media components)
• Audio art
• Video that challenges conventions of the medium
• Curatorial packages (with media components)
• Web 2.0 technology
• Second Life
• Mobile devices
• Open source technology

Video Pool is particularly interested in projects that intervene in public space or otherwise make use of non-traditional exhibition settings, including the online world.

Please Direct Enquiries to:

Przemek Pyszczek, Programming Coordinator
204.949.9134 ext.1


The Lindalee Tracey memorial award for emerging documentary filmmakers

deadline is March 9th, 2009.

The Lindalee Tracey Award is presented yearly at the Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival held in Toronto each spring.

This year’s award winner will be announced on the night of May 10, 2009. At that time, the winner will be awarded $6,000 in cash, film stock donated by Kodak Canada worth $3000, and a beautiful hand-blown glass sculpture commissioned to honour Lindalee.

Further Information:





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