MEDIANET NEWS June 25, 2009

MEDIANET NEWS June 25, 2009
OFFICE HOURS Mon-Fri 9 am – 2 pm, Sat 9 am – noon
(250) 381-4428

Please Note: MediaNet will be closed on Wednesday, July 1 for Canada Day.

MediaNet’s Reel Dance Film Fest 2009 – a fundraising event for Dance for the Camera
7pm, July 25th, 2009 at the Victoria Arts Connection.
Tickets are $20 – available at the MediaNet office.

This year’s Reel Dance Film Fest will be held as a fundraiser to raise money for the Dance for the Camera Program. The event features highlights of the best short films made by previous Dance for the Camera participants, as well as live dance performances by Benedikt MacIssac and the Victoria School of Contemporary Dance, and a new music performance by Tina Pearson. The evening will end with a performance and dance party with music by Slim Sandy.

There will be a silent auction of goods and services from local businesses, a cash bar and light appetizers.

Please join us for what promises to be an enlightening and enjoyable evening!

For more information, contact Catlin
New MediaNet workshop! – Relative Synchronicity: black and white images and coloured sound
July 20 – August 1, 2009

$60 includes 1 roll of b+w film (2 1/2 mins), with hand-processing and video transfer, hands-on soundtrack workshop and post-production facilities.

A two-week workshop. Week 1: shoot a roll of b+w super 8 film and edit it in camera. Week 2: create a digital soundscape using manipulated sound for your film.
The film and sound will be played together at the screening at the end of the workshop.

For more information, or to register, contact Kirk
or Scott

iPod for sale

iPod Touch, 8 gig, never used, never opened, brand new, for sale. Save $100 (& tax)). Asking $200.

120G Hard Drive for Sale

Brand new NEVER USED 120G Hard Drive in case (powered thru USB cable) $135.
– excellent as backup drive for laptop or for video projects – REALLY compact – 3″wide x 5″long x 3/4″ thick – fits easily in pocket or purse.

Contact Chris at 250-588-8138 or

The MediaNet tech blog:
MediaNet G5’s for sale
We are selling our Dual G5 Mac Pro Suites (all have firewire 400 and 1 x firewire 800 ports)
* Dual 2 GHz Power PC – 2.5 Gig ram, DVD Burner, ATI Radon 9600 Pro Video Card, 2 x 160 gig internal drives
* Dual 2 GHz Power PC – 2.5 GHz ram, DVD Burner, GeForce FX 5200 Video Card, 1 x 500 gig internal drive


First Blender workshop coming up Saturday July 4, 11am at MediaNet

Introductory workshop free for members

MediaNet member and Cad/Cam mavin Doug Jones leads us on a Blender adventure.

Part interest group, part tutorial, the Blender 3D animation program is used by enthusiasts and Hollywood Studios alike. Our MediaNet Blender workshop series will run once a month until Christmas and perhaps beyond. The first Workshop will be on Sculpting and ReTopo. A 2nd night for project discussion and viewing will be scheduled at the workshop. Blender will be loaded onto the MediaNet editing stations and normal booking will apply. Visit for more info. Or take a look at a video produced using Blender at


Final Cut Intro Workshop
Interested in an hands-on intro to Final Cut? We need 2 more people for a Final Cut Intro workshop (max 5 people) that takes you all the way from importing, through basic editing on the timeline to exporting your final project. $50 Members, $80 non members for this 6 hr one day workshop. Contact
Date and time TBA.


Peter Morin- Artist Residency at Open Space

Thursday, June 25 @2pm
Sound Making/A Circle about the Closing
Open Space, 510 Fort Street

“We will sit together to reflect over the time spent working towards a new understanding in our communities,” writes Morin. Morin will invite participants to place a rock on the gallery floor to honour the stories they have told. The artist will document these rocks and put the images on a website, along with dialogues from the exhibition.

Peter Morin has been Open Space’s artist in residence from May 14 – June 25.
His project is called 12 Making Objects: 12 indigenous interventions a.k.a.
First Nations DADA.

His residency is co-sponsored by Camosun College Visual Arts.

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

Human Rights Documentary Festival – Friday, June 26

Screenings at Metro Studio, 4pm to 8:30pm $8

Films include:

* Where Credit is Due
* Baby, Not Mine
* Indian Road
* La Consequencia de LLuvia (The Consequence of Rain)
* Freetown: Coming of Age
* Stolen Spirit
* Ritalin Me This
After Party featuring Rocky Mountain Rebel Music, Brave New Waves, Jon
Middleton and Carolyn Butula at Lucky Bar, 9pm, $10

Tickets are available at Lyle’s Place at 770 Yates or call Emily
Agopsowicz at 250-686-7084.

For more information visit or email

Or…find us on Facebook:


Jazz Fest – Performances at Open Space June 26 to 28
All shows: $18

Although most renowned as a visual artist and experimental filmmaker, Canada’s Michael Snow has been a professional jazz pianist since the 1950s. An originator of free improvisation, this bold innovator continues to explore the farthest shores of modern music. He meshes well with the long-term duo of Onda and Licht. Japan’s Aki Onda is a composer and performer of electronica who manipulates multiple tape sources in concert.His partner and fellow avant gardist is Alan Licht, a guitarist whose unique approach has earned him gigs with everyone from John Zorn to DJ Spooky.

Alan Licht: About SOUND ART – Artist’s talk
Saturday June 27, 1-4pm
In Licht’s talk he will present a brief historical overview of Sound Art, and provide examples and commentary on the genre’s recent developments and trends. About SOUND ART will be attractive to experimental, rock and contemporary musicians and enthusiasts; visual artists; filmmakers and anyone curious about the evolving cultural and artistic movements of the day.

Asian music is the primary inspirational source for this virtuosic New Music quartet from NYC. Led by violinist/violist Jason Kao Hwang, a brilliant performer and composer, Edge is a unique hybrid that embraces world music, jazz harmonics, the structure of chamber music and the freedom that comes with disciplined imagination. Their second CD, Stories Before Within, was a remarkable, multi-layered exercise in musical synergy that was on the 2008 top 10 lists of Coda Magazine and All About Jazz. Hwang’s equally gifted collaborators include Taylor Ho Bynum cornet/flugelhorn, Andrew Drury drums and Ken Filano bass.

Angular and unmistakable, the music of bebop originator Thelonious Monk is now regarded with a reverence that was lacking when he was alive and writing beauties like “Ruby My Dear.” Now, a virtuosic quartet from Germany named Monk’s Casino have dedicated themselves to finessing all of the master’s 70 plus compositions for live performance. Lead by Alexander von Schlippenbach piano and featuring Rudi Mahall bass clarinet, Axel Dörner trumpet and Uli Jennessen drums, Monk’s Casino is more reinvention than retro when they showcase the genius and jagged beauty of one of jazz’s most distinctive voices.

For more information, go to the Open Space website:

Uvic Professor and Cinevic President, Maureen Bradley, to launch new series on the web.

Maureen Bradley and students from Uvic have filmed the pilot for a series called Freshman’s Wharf, which will be shown on YouTube on July 1, 2009.


The director of the CTV arts and culture television series, The New Canoe and the Bravo documentary Sounds Like Motown, will lead a boot camp for aspiring young film directors, writers, editors and camera operators July 13 – 17 in Victoria. The camp is being offered by St. Michael’s University School as part of its summer academies program. The school also has a supervised residency option for youth that runs from July 12 – 18.

For more information contact Barbara Hager at or 250-385-5403.

To register for the camp, go the St. Michaels University School’s website:

or contact

Dawn Wilson, Director
Education Extension &
International Programmes
St. Michaels University School
250-370-6117 (office)

Movie Monday

6:30 pm Monday 29 June 2009
Slumdog Millionaire, 2007, 120 min
plus Goonda Reel Youth (Mysore, India)

My favourite film from 2008!The story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India’s “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost. more
cast: Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor, Saurabh Shukla, Rajendranath Zutshi, Jeneva Talwar
Goonda Reel Youth, 2008, 15 min Nanjunda and his friends live on the streets of Mysore, South India where they quickly learn loyalty, ferocity and to steal joy where possible. A bitter-sweet look at streetkids in India

6:30 pm Monday 6 July 2009
Chris and Don A Love Story, 2007, 90 min

The true-life story of the passionate three-decade relationship between British writer Christopher Isherwood and American portrait painter Don Bachardy, thirty years his junior. From Isherwood’s Kit-Kat-Club years in Weimar-era Germany to the couple’s first meeting on the sun-kissed beaches of 1950s Malibu, their against-all-odds saga is brought to dazzling life by a treasure trove of multimedia. Bachardy’s contemporary reminiscences artfully interact with archival footage, rare home movies, reenactments, and, most sweetly, whimsical animations based on the cat-and-horse cartoons the pair used in their personal correspondence. With Isherwood’s status as an out-and-proud gay maverick, and Bachardy’s eventual artistic triumph away from the considerable shadow of his life partner, Chris & Don: A Love Story is above all a joyful celebration of a most extraordinary couple. the web site
cast: Don Bachardy, John Boorman, Leslie Caron, Charlie Gordon, Christopher Isherwood, Jack Larson, Liza Minnelli

plus: The Chosen Family by Victoria filmmaker Maureen Bradley, 2001, 13 min. Margaret is the target of multiple familial comings-out. Is ANYONE straight any more?

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

Registration is now open online…

or phone 1.800.813.9993

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

SCREEN ACTOR’S STUDIO. 845 Fisgard St, Victoria V8W 1R9

Summer 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: Victoria Day, Act of God, The Baby Formula, The Green Chain, Fierce Light and more!

The DVD club is now discussing “Blindness”

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



Whistler Film Festival

Whistler, BC (April 8, 2009) – The Whistler Film Festival is seeking submissions for its ninth annual edition, which runs from December 3 to 6, 2009. Canadian and International filmmakers are invited to submit by the following deadlines: July 3 for early film submissions (discount on application); July 17 for short films; and August 14 for feature films.

Film submission guidelines and forms are available at


Extended Deadline for Entry to the YoungCuts Film Festival

Our regular posted deadline is May 15th. As with every year, we deliberately pick a date to give us some flexibility to receive late films. Our extended deadline is June 15th. So, if you have not yet sent us your films, it is not too late.

Even after June 15th, there is a window of opportunity to get your film in and have it play at the Festival. We plan to announce our top 100 films for July 15th. Between June 15th and July 15th, we still look at entrants that come in late.

The secret is the earlier that we get your film, the better chance that it has to make the Festival. After June 15th, quality still counts, but length is very important. After June 15th, shorter films have a better chance of making the Festival as we get closer to creating our Festival program and schedule.

So if you are under 25 and you have a great film to show the world, send it to YoungCuts. And the earlier the better!

****************************************************************************CSIF (Calgary)

CSIF invites media arts submissions based on the theme of Urbanity.
DEADLINE: June 30, 2009
Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival (Toronto)
Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival seeks features and shorts of any genre that touch on mental health and/or addiction.
DEADLINE: June 30, 2009

Toronto Urban Film Festival
Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) is making a call for entries, all genres of film and video accepted.
DEADLINE: July 15th, 2009
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (US)
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is making a call for entries.
DEADLINE – early bird: July 3, 2009

CFMDC is making a call for Curatorial Residency
(only open to curators living outside of Canada)
Deadline: July 10, 2009

The Independent Media Arts Alliance seeks an Administrative Coordinator

Application deadline: Friday, July 24th, 2009
Start date: August 17th, 2009
12 month contract with the possibility of renewal
Salary starting at $16/hour
32 hours / week

The IMAA is a member-driven non-profit national organization working to advance and strengthen the media arts community in Canada. IMAA currently has over 80 artist-run member organizations, representing more than 12,000 artists and cultural workers.

For more information about IMAA visit

The Administrative Coordinator assists the National Director and the IMAA Board of Directors in the daily activities of the association.

The ideal individual must be fluently bilingual and have excellent communication, organizational, and writing skills (in both French & English), and a good understanding of the independent media arts and of artists-run culture in Canada.

− To act as a liaison between the members, the general public and the National Director
− To assist the National Director with grant writing and fundraising activities
− To assist the National Director with meeting preparation
− To assist with planning and preparation for the Annual General Meeting and National Conference
− To attend Board meetings in the capacity of Minute Taker
− To translate all IMAA documents from English to French and, when necessary, to provide French to English translation
− To collect, edit, translate and circulate the monthly Newsletter
− To maintain the IMAA website

The IMAA is an equal opportunity employer and is firmly committed to actively assuring full participation in the organization and in access to its resources to all people, regardless of gender, race, language, sexual orientation, age or ability.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV and three references by email to:

Or by mail to:

Jennifer Dorner, National Director
Independent Media Arts Alliance
3995 Berri, Montreal QC H2L 4H2

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.


Western Front seeks Executive Director

Contract: Three year contract

Hours: Full-time (35 Hours per Week, plus some evenings and weekends)

Deadline: July 24, 2009

Start Date: ASAP
The Western Front Society is seeking a creative and entrepreneurial individual to fill the full time
contract position of Executive Director.

The Western Front is one of Canada’s pioneering artist-run centres and produces and presents
works in five programs: Exhibitions, Performance Art, New Music, Media Arts, and Publications
(FRONT magazine). Founded in 1973, the Western Front Society is located in a heritage building
in the central vicinity of Main Street in Vancouver, Canada. It is the mandate of the Society to
support the research, creation and presentation of work by emerging and established
contemporary artists in all disciplines. The organization collaborates actively with other arts
organizations, locally and internationally. Maintaining high artistic, curatorial and scholarly
standards, the Western Front enjoys an international reputation for excellence and innovation.

Ongoing programs and special projects promote artistic endeavours and public presentation
through exhibitions, performances, screenings, publications, residencies, and an extensive

We seek a bold, talented and personable Executive Director who can step into a leadership
position and take the institution in a fresh new direction at an exciting juncture in its long history.
This key position will be of interest to arts professionals with a passion for contemporary art, a
creative vision and team-leading abilities. It presents the opportunity to make a significant
contribution to the arts in Vancouver and beyond. The Executive Director should be someone
who is energized by the challenge of working with the history of this longstanding arts
organization while articulating a new set of contemporary conditions for the organization that will
see it blossom.
Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will:

Oversee fundraising, fund development planning and implementation, and grant writing
Develop financial and risk management controls
Facilitate annual budgeting and regular monitoring and reporting
Facilitate strategic planning and policy development
Facilitate groups, build consensus and communicate effectively
Foster partnerships within the local and national arts communities
Hire, supervise and mentor staff
Actively support the board and its committees with appropriate administration and reports
Develop community relations and promote the Western Front locally, nationally and internationally
Approve the programmatic initiatives set out by the curators
Act as key spokesperson representing the Western Front to other cultural organizations and the


The ideal candidate will have:

An MA or MFA or equivalent experience in a relevant discipline
An understanding of the artist-run centre movement and its principle concerns
An excellent working knowledge of contemporary art, music and literary practices
Enthusiasm for the position and the organization
The ability to foster a healthy collegial working environment
Experience with budget preparation, financial management and working within fixed budgets
Previous history of successful grant writing and fundraising experience
Excellent communication, presentation, writing, and time management skills
Strong planning and organizational skills including the ability to prioritize projects
Proven managerial experience, creativity and vision
Experience working with a Board of Directors and volunteers
Experience with office and data management software

REMUNERATION: $45,000 per annum, 4 weeks vacation and a comprehensive benefit package
Applicants are asked to submit a letter of interest and a CV as well as three professional
references. In addition, a writing sample (such as a grant application) and a fundraising history
are also requested.

Executive Director Hiring Committee, Western Front Society

303 East 8th Avenue

Vancouver BC V5T 1S1

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. We thank all applicants, but only shortlisted candidates will be
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 4:00 pm Friday, July 24, 2009




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