MEDIANET NEWS February 19, 2009

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

This weekend! – MediaNet Edgecasting on Shaw Cable (channel 11 )

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

Featuring 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

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.

Coming Up at OPEN CINEMA – Focus on Homelessness
Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad St.
Doors 5:30, screenings at 7pm
$10 suggested donation

OPEN CINEMA is pleased to announce our upcoming screening on Wednesday,
February 25th, featuring two works adressing local issues of
homelessness: Carts of Darkness by filmmaker Murray Siple, and a
short video work on Victoria’s homeless community by filmmaker (and MediaNet member!) Rose

The screenings will be followed by an open forum discussion with Mayor
Dean Fortin, Rev. Al Tysick, Rose Henry, Levi Vandorn and moderated by
Dvora Levin. Tracey Friesen, NFB Pacific & Yukon Centre Executive
Producer will also be in attendance.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase

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

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 include: Peter Sandmark, Kirk Schwartz, Rick Raxlen, Grace Salez, Leanne McLarty (Uvic film studies professor), Scott Amos, Jamie Drouin, Farheen Haq.

more information and workshop schedule to come.

The MediaNet tech blog:



This weekend! – 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 23 February 2009
Amal, 2008, 101 min

Autorickshaw driver Amal is content with the small but vital role of driving customers around New Delhi as quickly and safely as possible. But his sense of duty is tested by an eccentric, aging billionaire, who bequeaths him his entire estate. To claim the inheritance Amal struggles with duty and wealth are threatened by all those around him – an injured beggar girl, a lovely merchant and the danger of upper-caste friends and siblings, all seeking to claim their share.

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


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

Spring 2009 adult and youth programs now enrolling. Please confirm all start dates with Studio
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.

Opening February 20 – The Stone of Destiny

Directed by Charles Martin Smith (The Snow Walker)

The Stone of Scone was an important part of Scottish tradition, used in coronation ceremonies for centuries, until it was captured by the English and placed in Westminster Abbey, thereby showing English power over the Scottish nation. What’s a young, nationalistic student to do? Why, steal the stone back of course!

For more information on upcoming Canadian feature films go to:



The Calgary Folk Music Festival and the Ship & Anchor Pub are pleased to announce the newest category in our annual songwriting contest: Best Video!

Have you collaborated with an independent music artist? Are you an independent musician yourself? We want your videos!

Grand Prize: $1000 CDN – Deadline March 6, 2009

Enter by adding your video to our You Tube group:
You must have a You Tube account to enter.


2009 YoungCuts Film Festival Call for Submissions

YoungCuts, the Premiere Showcase for Great Short Films by the Best Young Film Makers 25 and under, is now accepting submissions for the 2009 YoungCuts Film Festival.

The Early-Bird Deadline is March 15th, 2009.

The Regular Deadline is May 15th, 2009.

For more information go here:

To download the 2009 YoungCuts Application Form:

To download the 2009 YoungCuts Submission Poster:

To watch past films of the YoungCuts Film Festival, go here:



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