MEDIANET NEWS April 2, 2009

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

Please note: The MediaNet office will be closed for Good Friday, April 10, and Easter Monday, April 13.
The office will be open on Saturday, April 11 from 9 -10 only, for equipment pick up and drop off.

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

$1300 CDN by final Deadline of June 1
$700 for BC residents

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

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.

Program fee: $600 CDN by deadline of June 1

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

A new MediaNet workshop intensive: Experiment

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.


Thank you to everyone who submitted films to the Assume Nothing Screening.

The screening will take place at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1040 Moss St.) on Thursday April 30 at 7:30pm.

Hope to see you there!


MediaNet member Fran Benton is looking for submissions for her roving video trailer project

A mobile video exhibition built into a box trailer, pulled by a Toyota Matrix, will be driving to various locations in Victoria this summer. There are 4 viewing ports in the trailer, two on each side. In each port is a DVD player and headphones. When a good site is located the video artist and driver park the car and trailer, set up the trailer and a roof sign, start the videos running, and then greet the visitors.

Fran is looking for works no longer than 3 minutes (1-2 min ideal) to be seen by the public. As this project is funded by Fran there are no entry fees or artist fees.
Dvds of your work can be submitted to the MediaNet office, Attention : Fran Benton, re. Roving Video Project

The MediaNet tech blog:



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
Wednesday 15 April – 7pm Basic Music Composition for Video with Ryan Bresser

Award-winning composer and filmmaker Ryan Bresser will lead you through the basics of creating music for your video
with a focus on the creation possibilities (loops and recording) in garage band and soundtrack

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
Blender – the open source animation program
Are you interested in learning blender the acclaimed open source animation program?

MediaNet is considering doing a series of workshops on this extremely versatile animation program over the summer and fall (one a month for a few months). Please email kirk if you are interested. The workshops would be at MediaNet and the program would be installed on MediaNet computers.

2) Are you interested in the pro version of Google Earth? Are you interested in combining with some other MediaNet members to share the cost? Email kirk if you are interested and give us an idea of how much you would use the program and what you could pay per use or would contribute to an interest group that purchased the pro version of google earth


Also check out Free classes at Simply Computing
2639 Quadra St next to the Roxy
Instructor: Chris Kruger / Simply Computing

Chris Kruger is a video editor and graphic designer who has been working with Final Cut Pro and related Studio programs for a number of years. He recently edited ‘Mulligans’ – a feature film shot in Victoria which has screened at over 50 festivals around the world including the 2009 Victoria Film Festival, and had a short of his own, ‘Coffee Music’ in the 2009 VFF as well. He also works for the Victoria Film Festival as Outreach Coordinator, working with local high schools to encourage students and classes to produce shorts.

Sunday April 5th
Final Cut Express 1:00 to 3:00

The FCP Express classes are introductory FCP / Livetype. The FCP Studio class will also cover the other programs – DVD Studio Pro, Soundtrack, Motion, Compressor, FCP, Livetype. Both classes include tips and tricks to organizing your project files, cutting various genres – and answering FCP questions as they come up. RSVP to


Dogwood Initiative Job Posting ~ Development Manager

Date posted: March 26th, 2009
Closing date: April 15th, 2009
Salary: Negotiable depending on experience, plus benefits
Job type: Full-time
Start date: As soon as possible
Location: Victoria, BC

Full details at:

Dogwood Initiative is a Victoria based non-profit organization that helps
British Columbians develop common-ground solutions to forestry and energy
challenges. We are currently seeking a Development Manager to join our growing staff team.
The Development Manager works closely with the Operations Director,
Executive Director, other staff, and the Board of Directors to design,
implement and maintain Dogwood Initiative’s fund development and donor
strategies in-line with our organizational objectives and budget targets.

Dogwood Initiative is an equal opportunity employer and does not
discriminate based on race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, political
belief, age, gender, sexual orientation or class. Racially marginalized
persons and indigenous people strongly encouraged to apply. All applicants
must be legally authorized to work in Canada.

Application Procedure:
Please submit a resume, cover letter including a summary of your
qualifications, why you would like to work with Dogwood Initiative and what
your contributions to our team would be to:

Matt Takach
Operations Director

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible as interviews may be taking place before the closing date. We thank everyone for your interest, but only those selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please.


Open Space sound performance with Jason Kahn
At The Community Arts Council
G6-1001 Douglas St.

Concert: Saturday April 4, 8pm
Workshop: Sunday April 5, 1pm – 3pm

Jason Kahn is a sound and visual artist based in Zürich. His work includes drawing, sound installation, performance and composition. Kahn will feature solo performance for percussion and amplification in concert on Saturday April 4, 8pm, at the Community Arts Council.

Kahn will additionally lead a workshop in improvisation on Sunday April 5 at the Community Arts Council.

For more information, contact Open Space 250-383-8833.


PROJECT TITLE: dust2dust
SHOOTING DATES: 2 days, second half of May
AUDITION DATE: Sunday afternoon, April 19
AUDITION LOCATION: CineVic, 2022 Douglas St., Victoria
NOTES: This volunteer production will be shot on 16mm film for film festivals. Actors must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants. To book an audition please contact Ana de Lara:
MALE LEAD: [John] Any age, 20 years up. Having a tough time dealing with the death of his partner, he finally vents his grief.
FEMALE LEAD: [Jackie] Any age, 20 years up. Troubled, flighty, accident-prone.
STORY SYNOPSIS: ‘dust2dust’ is a short film about death and memory. John walks home, his gaze unwavering, takes the elevator up to his apartment and, in his mind, replays an altercation with Jackie. She’s troubled and desperately seeks his attention. John then dashes down the stairs to the sidewalk where he finally confronts his emotions.

dust2dust is also Scouting for an Apartment Location for the film
Looking for:

* Apartment with balcony
* Preferably on third floor or higher
* Preferably with balcony overlooking building entrance
* Preferably with elevator in building
* Available for one weekend day in May

Please contact MediaNet member Michael Korican at

News from High Plains Films to host High Plains Films “Clip of the Week”

Beginning this week, the western regional news site, will
present free content from High Plains Films as a “Clip of the Week.”
The debut clip is a segment from the feature doc, LIBBY, MONTANA
that features three
former WR Grace employees from Libby talking about what it was like
to work at the mine. All three have since died of asbestos related
illness. The initial clip is the first of several installments of
short scenes from the complete LIBBY, MONTANA documentary. Future
clips will include trailers, original interviews, rare archival
reels, and more. Visit each Friday for new clips.

View and comment on the current clip at


Movie Monday

6:30 pm Monday 6 April 2009
The Hammer, 2007, 88 min

“This is a boxing scenario – but Rocky this one ain’t. It’s more like Paul Newman’s wonderful film and MM fave, Nobody’s Fool – just a guy in his later years trying to find himself, figuring out what’s important. In fact he’s the same kind of knock-about construction guy that Newman played but does a little boxing coaching on the side. It stars Adam Carolla. It’s his film – he wrote, directed, and stars in it with his real life sidekick/buddy, and it is pretty much him; boxing and construction guy (he built the gym in the film years ago and coached there) and gentle, slow talkin’ giant – but without his radio personality career, now blogmeister, thrown in. It won the Audience Award at Vic Film Fest in 2008.”

6:30 pm Monday 13 April 2009
Mad City Chickens, 2008, 79 min

“Witness if you will Gallus Domesticus… the backyard chicken. A mere few pounds of feather, bone, and muscle; a creature regarded by many as a rather humorous, though not so intelligent agent of food production. And yet make note of a most singular phenomenon now taking shape across suburb and city. From backyard eggs to the family’s new favorite pet, the urban chicken is forging a fresh place in the pecking order of human importance.

Mad City Chickens deftly weaves multiple stories and contextual issues on city chickens and their keepers in a non-linear fashion that one rarely sees in a documentary. From leading experts to urban newbies, experience the humor and heart of what’s fast becoming an international backyard chicken movement.”

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

The 5th Annual Cowichan International Festival of Film & Art
April 16-19, 2009, Cowichan Theatre, Duncan BC

Cowichan Ticket Centre: 250-748-7529.

Four fabulous evenings of film and entertainment at the 5th annual Cowichan International Aboriginal Film Festival. This year features an outstanding selection of internationally produced Indigenous films filled with wisdom, heritage and beauty that weave stories that bring hope, inspiration and speak to people of all cultures. Each evening features two film screenings. More


Olio Artists & Workers Cooperative announce our spring schedule, starting with Sound and Vision, a night of silent films with original scores performed live.

Ten local artists have been paired with ten silent cinema classics and invited to compose and perform original scores with film as the muse. The result is sure to be an engaging evening of antique visuals and timeless accompaniment. Taking place Saturday, April 18th at the Metro Theatre, Sound and Vision will illuminate the age-old medium in a powerful way.

What: Sound and Vision
Where: the Metro Theatre (1411 Quadra st., at Johnson)
When: Saturday, April 18th • Doors at 7:00, performance at 7:30 sharp
Who: David P. Smith, Dan Wisenburg, Lily Fawn, Ruthie & Winfield, Michael Baker (of Beasts and Superbeasts), the Old Hand and Diamond, Jay Morritt, Nick Gibas, Marco Bozenich and Marek Tyler (of Meatdraw), Lo the Cull Olde Time Jubilation Revival, and more.
How much: $12.50 Adv., available at Ditch Records & Lyle’s Place (advance tickets encouraged)

Warmest regards,
Joey MacDonald

olio artists&workerscooperative
614 1/2 Fisgard St. •Victoria, BC•V8W1R6


Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria

Independent Media Artists Competition for Short Films & Videos

Deadline for submissions moved to: April 30, 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
Finalists will be notified. 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.

Gulf Island Film School
Announcing the 2009 Two-Week Producers Intensive Program: May 18-29

with 3 unique course streams: Director’s (Dramatic Video), Activist Documentary, and New Digital Journalism 2.0!

Registration is now open online…

or phone 1.800.813.9993


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.

Canadian Films now playing: The Green Chain, Stone of Destiny, Pontypool

For more information on upcoming Canadian feature films go to:



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