MEDIANET NEWS May 14, 2009

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

Filmmakers Rick Raxlen and Scott Amos will be giving talks on their work this week as a part of MediaNet’s Experiment workshop.

Tonight!- Thursday, May 14, 7pm
Rick Raxlen at Martin Bachelor Gallery, 712 Cormorant St.
Rick Raxlen, filmmaker and former teacher of film production at Concordia University, will give an artist talk on 40 years of experimental filmmaking, and show several of his film works.

Saturday, May 16, 7pm
Scott Amos at Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria, G6 1001 Douglas St
Scott Amos, filmmaker and MediaNet technician, will give a presentation on collage in experimental films, and the use of film in video.

Talks are open to the public.
Donations appreciated.

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

MediaNet member looking for tripod to buy

If you have a small professional or semi-professional tripod for sale please
contact Tom Shandel at


iMAC for Sale

2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 2 GB 667 MHz
DDR2 SDRAM memory, NVIDIA GeForce 7600GT video
card with 256MB VRAM, 250 GB harddrive plus two
external drives – 500 GB and 250 GB PLUS Final
Cut Express installed and Final Cut Pro 5.0.1
Contact Chris Gower-Rees at 250-588-8138 or


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:


Final Cut Intro
we may be able to schedule an additional Final Cut Pro/Express intro workshop in mid June.
We have 2 interested members but we need 3 more.
This is a 6 hour Hands On seminar that is aimed at giving you the tools you need to capture/import your video, do basic editing and export your project for tape, DVD or the internet. Cost is $50 members, $80 non members

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

Workshop with filmmaker Ali Kazimi
May 24 Sunday 2pm 3 1/2 hr workshop for filmmakers – at Cinevic 2022 Douglas Street.

Ali Kazimi will do an artist talk with clips from his films dealing with various situations of both form and content. Filmmakers are welcome to bring questions and issues that they are facing with their own projects for discussion.
CV/MediaNet/ViFPA members $20 non-members $30
– contacts Bryan Skinner Cinevic Director Krista Loughton Programming and Community Liaison reservations 250.389.1590

Sponsored by Movie Monday


Photo project by John G. Bohme dealing with cuts to arts funding

“Our BC Arts Council’s budget has been dealt a devastating blow. This funding entity supports you – the actors, musicians, artists, singers, writers and cultural workers. The BC Arts Council also supports you through our community arts councils, festivals, galleries, theatres, museums, opera companies and publishing houses across the province. The budget has been cut by 40%.

It’s time for you to help.

Many individuals have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to have the funding reinstated but it’s not enough. We need every artist and every cultural worker in BC to step into the light and ask for the funding to be reinstated now.

It takes no time at all.

1. Post a photo of your family on the Alliance wall by emailing your photo to

2. Tell your story on the Alliance blog

3. Create and mail a photo postcard of your family in three different sizes: 3X5 , 4X6 , 5X7 .

Because artists have families too.

For more information go to:

John G. Boehme
P/F 250.361.3199
mobile .250.514.5204
“Yours as always in perpetual service”


Artist Residency at Open Space
co-sponsored by Camosun College Visual Arts

Peter Morin will be artist in residence from May 14 – June 25.
His project is called 12 Making Objects: 12 indigenous interventions a.k.a.
First Nations DADA.
with sessions for the public including:
May 14-16 Drum Making
May 21-23 Sewing
June 4-6 Relief Printmaking
June 11-13 Painting
June 18-20 Heritage Painting

2pm, May 16, Morin will be making and serving bannock and selling his book of recipes, stories and poetry, Bannockology.
Funds help support urban native youth programs for the Watson Lake library in Watson Lake YT.,
and the Surrounded by Cedars and Family Services in Victoria.

For more information, contact:
Peter Morin
Helen Marzolf 383-8833
Brenda Petays


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

May is Asian Heritage Month
Movie Monday presents Films and presentations by Ali Kazimi

Born in India, Ali Kazimi came to Canada to become a filmmaker. Now based in Toronto, his films have won over thirty national and international awards and honours. In 2006, Kazimi joined the Department of Film, Faculty of Fine Arts, York University as a full time professor. He continues to work on his own projects. HotDocs 09 is featuring Fig Trees (May 1) for which he shares cinematographer credit.

****Ali Kazimi will be with us for Q&A for all screenings – plus an artist talk at 2 on Sunday May 24.

May 23 Saturday night at MM 7pm – Continuous Journey Continuous Journey is an inquiry into the largely ignored history of Canada’s exclusion of the South Asians by a little known immigration policy called the Continuous Journey Regulation of 1908. Unlike the Chinese and the Japanese, people from British India were excluded by a regulation that appeared fair, but in reality, was an effective way of keeping people from India out of Canada until 1948. As a direct result, only a half-mile from Canadian shores, in Vancouver harbour, the Komagata Maru was surrounded by immigration boats and the passengers were held incommunicado – virtual prisoners on the ship. The ship arrived May 23, 1914 with 376 passengers aboard: 340 Sikhs; 24 Muslims and 12 Hindus. Thus began a dramatic stand-off which would escalate over the course of two months, becoming one of the most infamous incidents in Canadian history. 87min 2004
May 24 Sunday 2pm 3 1/2 hr workshop for filmmakers – at Cinevic 2022 Douglas Street. (could move to MM theatre if more than 20? sign up)
Ali suggests: “I could do an artist talk with clips from my films dealing with various situations of both form and content while working on a wide range of films and then lead a discussion based on this on issues that people have with their projects.” CV/MediaNet/ViFPA members $20 non-members $30
– contacts Bryan Skinner Cinevic Director Krista Loughton Programming and Community Liaison reservations 250.389.1590
May 24 Sunday evening 7pm At MM – Narmada – A Valley Rises
Narmada: a Valley Rises follows leaders and more than 6000 farmers and tribal people as they embark, Christmas Day 1990, on an epic 200-kilometre march from the state of Madhya Pradesh to the site of a nearly completed dam in Gujarat. The project will flood the Narmada’s valley, home to more than 160,000. Their goal: to draw national and international attention to human rights abuses and to pressure the Indian government into conducting a comprehensive review of the project. In its strategy of peaceful resistance the march is modeled on Gandhi’s famous Salt March against British Imperial rule. (86min 1994) (after the 2pm workshop – dinner break in between)
May 25 Monday Noon to 2pm at The Native Friendship Centre – *Shooting Indians – A Journey With Jeffery Thomas
At one level, Shooting Indians is a portrait of Jeffrey Thomas, an Iroquois photographer. The film explores the influences on his life which led him to his career. It was the work of an American photographer from the turn of the century, Edward Curtis, which forced Thomas to closely examine how Native people had been photographed in the past. Thomas views Curtis’ monumental work as a “mountain which must be crossed”.On another level is the irony of an Indian from India making a film on a North American Indian and this is woven throughout the fabric of the film.

* “As well a a novel exploration of the ethics of Curtis’ record reflected in a modern aboriginal photographer’s eyes, I found it extraordinary that toward the end of the film they visit a dear little elderly lady, at the time living in a seniors residence on Vancouver Island, who played the princess in In The Land Of The Headhunters, Curtis’ film, a segment of which was shown for years in the Royal B C Museum.” B (1997 56min)
at Native Friendship Centre at Seaton and Regina (contact Shona Collinson at NFC 250-384-3211 >>)

May 25 Monday evening 6:30pm at MM – *Shooting Indians – A Journey With Jeffery Thomas (56min) (description same as above)
and Rex verses Singh
an experimental exploration of Vancouver history and human rights. This 30-minute video examines a 1915 trial where two Sikh mill-workers, Dalip Singh and Naina Singh, were entrapped by undercover police, accused of sodomy and sent to trial. The production stages scenes from the trial, told four times: first as a period drama, second as a documentary investigation of the case, third as a musical agit-prop, and fourth, identical to the first, but without actors. The directing team collaborated on the first segment and then each directed his own segment . Kazimi handled the documentary, Greyson the musical and Fung the final examination of the transcripts. (30min 2008)

All except the artist talk are By Donation and at the Movie Monday Theatre at the Eric Martin Pavilion 1900 block Fort Street – unless specified
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


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:


Job Postings

EMMEDIA Job Posting: Programs & Outreach Coordinator

EMMEDIA is seeking a Programs & Outreach Coordinator to develop, initiate and coordinate artistic programming activity, outreach and community dialogue for a not-for-profit electronic media arts centre.

The successful candidate has professional experience working with a non-profit artist-run centre and possesses knowledge of the media arts and new media in Canada. You have a proven record of accomplishment in grant writing and an understanding of principle arts funding agencies. You have exceptional communication/interpersonal skills, project/event management experience, and strong organizational and administrative abilities. The Programs & Outreach Coordinator possesses curatorial skills and is attuned to contemporary arts and media arts practices. This position requires someone who understands the importance of responding to the needs of the membership and the local community, balanced with the development of programming, links and partnerships that are local, regional, national and/or international. Critical thinking and writing abilities are significant assets and new media skills highly desirable, as you will coordinate and lead the ongoing development of EMMEDIA’s on-line presence, and for its publication, promotion and communication activities.

The Programs & Outreach Coordinator works closely with the Operations Coordinator, Programming Committee, Production Coordinator, Board of Directors and EMMEDIA membership to develop programming strategies.You must be fluent in the art of collaboration, be able to work flexible hours and possess the ability to create and sustain a welcoming environment. You will have good humour, a sense of fun and the desire to be part of a team that leads a nationally recognized electronic media arts centre into the next decade.

EMMEDIA Gallery and Production Society is a non-profit artist run centre that responds to the needs of the media arts/culturalcommunity, in Alberta and across Canada, by providing affordable access to highquality electronic tools, education and services. The Society also maintains public media arts exhibition programs, archives and other resources. EMMEDIA has established ongoing support from all levels ofgovernment, as well as its own self-generated revenues. Building on a proud 30-year history, EMMEDIA looks toward a dynamic future.

Application deadline: June 5, 2009

Applications should include a letter of intent;curriculum vitæ; and two pertinent samples of writing.

This is a full-time salaried staff position, withexcellent benefits (personal health benefit coverage, equipment access and paid vacation time) and a competitive wage commensurate with experience. This is a two year term with the possibility for renewal.

Please apply in confidence to:

EMMEDIA – Human Resources Committee
#203 – 351 – 11th Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2R 0C7
EMMEDIA thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. EMMEDIA is committed to Employment Equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates.

Trainee Postings

Tiga Talk Season 2 Inc. is seeking trainees for the production of a
children’s television series for APTN. As it is APTN’s mission to support
the creation of Aboriginal audio-visual content produced by, for and about
Aboriginal Peoples, preference will be given to applicants of Aboriginal

Camera Trainee

The Camera Trainee will assist the Director of Photography and the Second
Cameraperson. Tasks include assisting with lighting, moving and setting up
equipment and learning set etiquette.

By the end of the training the trainee will have an understanding of the
complexity of television production, the responsibilities of various
departments, specific roles and tasks in a production crew and will acquire
specific skills necessary to work on other TV/film crews.

Dates: June 25th – July 30th, 2009 (5 weeks)
Location: Victoria, BC*
Pay Rate: $500 per week

*Please note we will consider applicants from outside Victoria, but trainee
would be responsible for their own travel and accommodations.

Audio Trainee

The Audio Trainee will assist the Sound Recordist to record audio for the

By the end of the training the trainee will have an understanding of the
complexity of television production, the responsibilities of various
departments, specific roles and tasks in a production crew and will acquire
specific skills necessary to work on other TV/film crews.

Dates: June 25th – July 30th, 2009 (5 weeks)
Location: Victoria, BC*
Pay Rate: $500 per week

*Please note we will consider applicants from outside Victoria, but trainee
would be responsible for their own travel and accommodations.

To apply for either position, please send a cover letter and resume by 4pm
May 18th via:

– Email to or
– Fax to 250-380-6670 or
– Mail to Tiga Talk Season 2 Inc., 4412 Wilkinson Road, Victoria, BC V8Z



upcoming calls for submissions
_ Antimatter Film Festival (Victoria)
_ Vidéos de femmes dans le parc (Montreal)
_ Reel Asian Film Festival (Toronto)
_ Oboro (Montreal)
_ Gimme Some Truth (Winnipeg)
_ WNDX (Winnipeg)
_ Toronto After Dark Film Festival (Toronto)
_ FICFA (Moncton)
_ Planet in Focus Film Festival (Toronto)
_ TAIS (Toronto)
_ Toronto Animated Image Society (Toronto)
_ Alucine Toronto Latin Film Festival (Toronto)
_ ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (Toronto)
_ Cinema Politica (Montreal)
_ RIDM (Montreal)
_ Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival (Winnipeg)
_ Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival (Toronto)




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