MEDIANET NEWS April 16, 2009

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

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, 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:



MediaNet Cameras
Sat 25 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


New Members’ Orientation
Thursday 7 May – 7 PM
all members are required to have attended a membership orientation before being granted equipment access. Please register in advance
May 9-30

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


Tonight! – Film screening by Antimatter as part of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s Assume Nothing event

9:00pm at Market Square (560 Johnson St.) Free to the public.

Antimatter Film Festival presents a screening of international artists’ films, focusing on relationalism and public/private interaction in contemporary media arts. These two programs (total 95 minutes) feature recent work by artists from Portugal (Edgar Pêra), Spain (Manuel Saiz), the UK (Roderick Coover, Tim Shore, Anaîs Bouts), Germany (Karl Tebbe), Mexico (Roberto López Flores), the United States (Arielle Falk, Erik Moskowitz, Yoshie Sakai) and Canada (Nelson Henricks, Sepideh Saii, Maya Seuss, Deco Dawson). Curated by Deborah de Boer and Todd Eacrett,

For more information visit

April 23 7:00 – 9:30 Dunsmuir Middle School Celebrates BC Arts and Culture Week
3341 Painter Rd., Victoria

Including a silent auction, food, music and a screening of Dunsmuir’s eco-documentary, “EnVISIONing a green future.” supported in part by MediaNet.

All ages welcome. Free admission – donations appreciated

for more information, phone (250)478-5548


May St. Productions seeking Directors

May Street Productions is currently accepting CVs and sample works from
talented directors as part of our submission for Knowledge’s “BC Artists in
a Minute” initiative. If our proposal is successful, we will be looking to
hiring selected directors to work with us on the creation of short films
about BC art and artists. We are seeking directors who have an exceptional
eye for innovative aesthetics and a bold visual style. Previous experience
making art-inspired films is an asset, but not a requirement.

To submit, please send a demo reel or previous work and as well as a CV to:

May Street Productions Ltd.
4412 Wilkinson Road
Victoria, BC V8Z 5B7

Or email to

The 5th Annual Cowichan International Festival of Film & Art – This weekend!
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)

1. David P. Smith ”Un Chien d’Andalou” (Luis Bunuel, 1929)
2. Dan Wisenburger “Metropolis” (Fritz Lang, 1927)
3. Lily Fawn & Grayson Walker “the Courtship of Sun and Moon” (George Melies, 1907)
4. Joey MacDonald “the Kid” (Charlie Chaplin, 1921)
5. Ruthie & Winfield/the Old Hand & Diamond “Faust” (FW Marnau, 1926)
6. SP3CK (feat. Michael Baker, Isaac Flagg & Kris North) – “Haxan” (Benjamin Christensen, 1922)

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


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


Movie Monday

6:30 pm Monday 20 April 2009
Street City

“Street City is a compelling feature documentary about life in an experimental housing project for homeless people on Toronto’s downtown east side. Award-winning filmmaker Bay Weyman interweaves events in the lives of StreetCity residents over a period of six months, to explore a microcosm of the homeless world. Most of all, the film relates to the homeless as real people. StreetCity lets residents tell their own stories of hope, struggle and resignation, creating a very personal, often humorous, yet disturbing portrait of homeless society. The project has morphed to a larger, again converted industrial building, specially retrofitted for the purpose. It’s called Strachan House. We’ll have an update and consider the feasibility for our city of a social experiment of this nature. We’ll have guests and discussion.”

Patricia Mueller, Executive Director of Homes First and Deena Nelson, Manager of Strachan House (the next generation of Street City) will be calling in from Toronto! more and the orignal idea

6:30 pm Monday 27 Apr 2009
Griefwalker, 2008, 70 min

A new National Film Board of Canada production and Victoria premiere

“A new National Film Board of Canada production about Harvard trained Theologian, Stephen Jenkinson’s work with dying people. One of Canada’s leading palliative care teachers, Stephen is revolutionizing the way dying and death are known and done in North America. In this feature documentary portrait of this extraordinary individual, we meet three dying people he is advising while we encounter his unique view of the end of life. His life’s mission is to change the way we look at death through a new kind of compassion, from a wretched anxiety and an existential terror to something closer to befriending death, learning the skill of grief and dying extravagantly.Framed by the filmmaker, Tim Wilson, wrestling with his denial of his own death as he nearly succumbs to a sudden illness, and later his having to face the death of someone very close to him.

Beautifully using the imagery of impermanent nature, Wilson documents Jenkinson’s work with the dying while challenging him to explain how “death is the cradle of your love of life.”

It’s a piece that will provoke thought and discussion about a topic that most of us avoid.”

For more information visit

Movie Monday screens every Monday in Victoria, B.C. Admission is by donation.
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

Reel Youth 08/09
April 29th, 7-10pm, Victoria Event Centre, $7 for youth, $10-20 (sliding) for adults. Rated PG.

Join media-artists and enthusiasts of all ages for a night of international and local film screenings of works by young filmmakers, plus performances and special entertainment by youth, free refreshments and snacks, interactive live music and opportunities for dialogue. It’s all at the Reel Youth Film Festival’s annual Victoria stop in partnership with BeatBoard.

BeatBoard is also hoping to hear from experienced filmmakers who might be interested in sharing brief words of wisdom and inspiration for the aspiring filmmakers in attendence. For more info, contact Mike Sheehan at or 250-381-6453.


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 coming to theatres: Sheltered Life, Adoration, Fifty Dead Men Walking, The Baby Formula, and more!

The DVD club is now discussing Passchendaele

For more information on upcoming Canadian feature films, and joining the DVD club, go to:


TAIS (Toronto Animated Image Society) CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS
Submit Now!
Deadline: May 29, 2009, 5:00 pm

The 2009 Call for Submissions for the TAIS AniJam is now open! We’re looking for animations that are exactly ten seconds in length inspired by the theme Chickens. Please read the guidelines and FAQs located here before submitting your film.


Deadline: May 29, 2009 – 5:00 pm

Have you made an animated short film in the last two years? Want it to screen to a packed house as part of the fantastic TAIS Animation Showcase at the NFB this June? Then submit!

All Genres, mediums, themes!
Under 15 minutes in length

Toronto Animated Image Society & Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography
Deadline for Proposals: April 24, 2009

Gallery 44 and TAIS are seeking proposals for a commissioned project that brings together photography and animation. Each successful applicant will produce a 1 to 3 minute photo-based animation exploring the subject of “feeling photography”, the title and theme of a conference hosted by the Toronto Photography Seminar in October 2009. The animations will be premiered in the Vitrines of Gallery 44 during the Feeling Photography conference.

The conference “Feeling Photography” will bring together scholars working in a range of interpretive and theoretical approaches to interrogate the relationship between affect, emotion, and/or feeling and photographic meaning. Gallery 44 and TAIS want to support the creation of artworks that explore similar themes.

Projects will be completed between May and August 2009. TAIS and Gallery 44 will offer support for the development and production process of the projects.
Selected artists will receive:
• Gallery 44 Membership
• TAIS Full Studio Membership
• $300 honorarium
• Photo Animation Workshop at TAIS
• Imacon and Flatbed Scanning workshop at Gallery 44
• $50 materials fee

For more information, go to the website:



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