MEDIANET NEWS April 30, 2009

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

Tonight! Assume Nothing screening at the AGGV

MediaNet presents a screening of works by members Judith Price, Grace Salez, Rick Raxlen, Pippa Hirst, Brian MacDonald and Melissa Flagg
at 7:30pm at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1040 Moss St.). The cost is the price of gallery admission.

This screening focuses on the lives of individuals, many of them from our community, who have affected or influenced the lives of the filmmakers.
There will be a discussion with the filmmakers and a question and answer period after the screening.

The project is based on artist Harrell Fletcher’s website, Some People (See in which people are asked to submit stories about individuals in their lives.


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


-there are still some spots available!

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.


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
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


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


Movie Monday

Mental Health Week 4-10 May 2009
Canadian Mental Health Association’s 58th Mental Health Week

6:30 pm Monday 4 May 2009
Hearing [our] Voices, 2007, 88 min
with guest Dr Barbara Schneider and two of her researchers

“This six year long Participatory Action Research Project resulted in working with a group of Consumers of mental health services, not as consultants or subjects of a study, but as researcher themselves exploring topics they felt most important, housing and the relationship between them and service providers and caregivers. The result, as the prof assisting them is in the Faculty of Communication & Culture with and interest in out-of-the-usual way of disseminating the information, is a huge mural that will fill our lobby, a booklet version of the mural, a 29 min video and a crew who can ably inform the “system” from the inside of their lived experience of schizophrenia what’s good and what they would like to see improve.”

6:30 pm Monday 11 May 2009
Ishtar, 1987, 107 min

“This just in: Shunned when it first came out in 1987, this comedy starring Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty is now found to be great fun! Two really poor songwriters get mixed up in a nefarious plot when they go to ‘break into the business’ in North Africa.”The big-budget film (50 million dollars) remains as one of the all-time box office bombs. Though it might serve as a perverse delight for those who take pleasure in seeing a film that was not intended to be bad turn out so unforgivably bad. Its appeal is as a timeless oddity is almost assured with the advent of cable TV as a graveyard spot to catch it from time to time and see if it’s as bad as most critics think.” (it’s not!) Give it a try….22 years is too long to have missed seeing this gem! Pg13 ”

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


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:




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