MEDIANET NEWS Aug 20, 2009

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Coming in September – MediaNet’s second annual EcoDoc program

workshops: September 12-19, production: Sept 20- Aug 4, screening: Oct 7

Cost: $125 for MediaNet members
$150 others

MediaNet is pleased to present “eco doc”, a program for filmmakers/ videographers and environmentalists to meet and produce short documentary films about issues relating to the environment, global warming and sustainable development.   The program will take place over 3 weeks, from September 12th to Oct 4th.  Works produced through the program will be shown at a special public screening on October 7th, as well as on community television and over the internet.

MediaNet is partnering with the ekosTV, Open Cinema, the Dogwood Initiative and the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria to offer this program to the Victoria community.   This is a unique opportunity for filmmakers, videographers, environmentalists and activists to explore local sustainability issues and solutions under the mentorship of filmmakers such as Richard Boyce, director of “The Art of Rainforests” and Rick Searle, founder of Ekos Communications and the Ekos TV website. Participants will have the opportunity to view and discuss a variety of documentary styles and genres.

Participants will be individually assisted while exploring the technical, practical and artistic challenges involved in creating an environmental video in a supportive and collaborative community. Participants will have access to MediaNet’s production and post production facilities during the program.  Several MediaNet filmmakers will be giving practical workshops to help participants develop their projects. Local environmentalists will offer feedback and suggestions for contacting resources and exploring issues.

This is a hands on program and filmmakers and editors will be on hand to assist participants in the use of cameras, lights and editing. MediaNet technicians will be availble for support.   Filmmakers may work in teams or as individuals. Each filmmaker will be eligible for support for one film. (or, a team of 3 could make up to 3 films in the program).

Contact MediaNet for further information at 250-381-4428 or email at

Videos from our 2008 EcoDoc program are on MediaNet’s website. Go to

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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

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MediaNet G5 for sale

We are selling  our Dual G5 Mac Pro Suite ( firewire 400 and 1 x firewire 800 ports)
* Dual 2 GHz Power PC – 3 Gig ram, DVD Burner, ATI Radon 9600 Pro Video Card, 2 x 160 gig internal drives, keyboard and mouse.  $800

* 1 Samsung CRT 997 monitor – free to first member who wants it.

** offered to MediaNet members first – if unsold it will be placed on Craig’s list.


VeloVictoria festival of bicycle culture
August 21-23

VeloVictoria is pleased to present 2 nights of Bicycle films from Victoria and from around the world. Free in Centennial Square. VeloVictoria is a presentation of the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition. For more information about VeloVictoria visit  VeloVictoria’s film program is supported by MediaNet, the City of Victoria and Bike Shorts

Friday 21 August, 8:30 pm

Velo Love – Lauren Warbeck
A portrait of Victoria’s own VeloVixen bicycle performance troupe

Frameworks – Pamela Millar
Real dance on film inspired by and using a bicycle frame

Cycle – Kirk Schwartz
Dawn to Dusk lyric cycles in Victoria

One Simple Speed – Peter Sandmark
Peter illuminates his bike lifestyle and how it helps save the planet

Ramblers – Rebecca Singer – Halifax Synchronized Bike Tea
A dance on bikes through the streets of Halifax’s North End.

Unicycle Bastards Invade Portland – Burk Webb – USA
Unicycling explored – including the rude bits

BENT – Jane Machamer  – USA
The Recumbent bike is often seen as the quirky cousin of the upright bike and not taken seriously.  This glimpse into the ‘BENT world is heartfelt and eye-opening.
Urban Repair Squad – Producer – Martin Reis – Toronto

DIY cycling infra-structure. You say city is broke? We fix. Free!

Even the Girls – Ashira Siegel – USA
A portrait of a few NYC women messengers.

Treadmill Bike – Brent Curry -Waterloo
Have you ever wished you could get a quality treadmill workout without paying expensive gym prices?

My Summer with Olmo – Martin Reis – Toronto
Long sunny summer days on two joyful wheels in the big city.

Snot Rocket Biker – Purple Planet Artist Corporation – USA
An upwards look at the grim reality of biking.

Training Wheels – USA

National Bike to Work Week – American League of Bicyclists
– Documentary – 2007 USA Bike to work Week highlights

Night of the Living Bicycles – Louise Falck Bruun – Denmark
Markus is hanging out with his friends one night when strange things begin to happen…


The Pedallers – Jim Knox  (drama) Victoria
A bike loving father, a daughter and a life full of transitions that love makes and unmakes.

Gear – Scott Amos (experimental) Victoria
bike parts, bike parts, bike parts

No, No, No, Yes – Lauren Warbeck
A saucy look at bicycle riding

Ultra Commuting – Vancouver
A Vancouver couple sets across Canada on a crazy tandem.
Good Will Riding – USA – Center for Appropriate Trans. students

A documentary about Will, who rides his tall bike to school.

Levin’s Bike – Benjamine Parzybok – USA – subtitled
Levin Schersvanaskitty speaks about his relationship with his bike.

Preparation HH – USA
Do you get Helmet Head! Then use Preparation HH,

60 Cycles – Jean-Claude Labrecque – Quebec (1965)
A sports event where the challenge seems more personal than competitive.  Courtesy of the NFB

Someone Faster – Geoff Adams – USA
Video maker Geoff Adams cheats the wind with a performance enhancing bicycle.

Martinis in the Bike Lane – Joel Biel – USA
A documentary celebrating the decorated bike lane markings in Portland.

Tips for Cyclists from a Car Driver – Brent Curry -Waterloo

W for Wheel – Chad Simmons – USA
A bike takes a ride along the waterfront.

Manquer – Sean Pecknold + Matt Danielson – USA – subtitled
Soon after young Alain receives Suzette-the-bike for his 10th birthday, she is stolen, and has to fight her way back.

Love to all the Rebels – Martin Reis – Toronto
A one minute video postcard to all those who ride critical mass.

B:C:Clettes vs. Sexy Back – B:C:Clettes production – Vancouver
Thanks to Bikes on the Drive for the red, shiny helmets.

Movie Monday

6:30 pm Monday 24 August 2009
C’est Pas Moi, Je Le Jure! (It’s Not Me I Swear), 2008, 110 min
Quebec – French subtitles

“In the summer of ’68, Leon comes close to hanging himself accidentally. His mother saves him at the last minute, just like last summer in the pool and like two years ago in the freezer. At ten, Leon has lots of problems and an overly fertile imagination. There is Mom and Dad who are always fighting and those annoying neighbours who get to spend the summer at the beach. And then, there’s Lea, the exasperating girl who’s always right about everything.

When Mom decides to leave, Léon is prepared to do anything to kill the pain – destroy the neighbours’ house, become a professional liar and even, why not, fall in love with Lea. Together, they will overcome the pain of growing up when you feel abandoned.

Perfect Summer viewing, work out that childhood angst!” Rated R

6:30 pm Monday 31 August 2009
Frost / Nixon, 2009, 122 min

“For three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But in summer 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the questions of his time in office and the Watergate scandal that ended his presidency. Nixon surprised everyone in selecting Frost as his televised confessor, intending to easily outfox the breezy British showman and secure a place in the hearts and minds of Americans. Likewise, Frost’s team harboured doubts about their boss’ ability to hold his own. But as cameras rolled, a charged battle of wits resulted. Would Nixon evade questions of his role in one of the nation’s greatest disgraces? Or would Frost confound critics and bravely demand accountability from the man who’d built a career out of stonewalling? Over the course of their encounter, each man would reveal his own insecurities, ego and reserves of dignity—ultimately setting aside posturing in a stunning display of unvarnished truth. Frost/Nixon not only re-creates the on-air interview, but the weeks of around-the-world, behind-the-scenes manoeuvring between the two men and their camps as negotiations were struck, deals were made and secrets revealed…all leading to the moment when they would sit facing one another in the court of public opinion.”

Directed by Ron Howard with Frank Langella (as Nixon) and Michael Sheen (as Frost) recreating their celebrated stage roles.We’ll add a segment of the actual interview for comparison! 2008 122min Pg some coarse language.

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

B Channel News Victoria – call out

B Channel News, a new online local video news collective, is looking for
videographers, on-camera reporters, video editors, journalists,
columnists, web designers/techs, and other volunteers to help us create a
new form of online interactive news media.

B Channel crews have been out filming events around town, and we have one
sample page up at to demonstrate what we hope to

Though we are hoping to attract dedicated volunteers who are willing to
work with us on a regular basis, we are also accepting submissions of
articles and videos. Consider becoming a freelance reporter with B

The B Channel News Collective meets every Sunday at 1pm.
Email for meeting location, or call 250-857-NEWS

Terry Fox Run organizers Looking for volunteer videographers

The organizers of the Terry Fox Run are looking for videographers interested in volunteering to film the Terry Fox Great Canadian Head Shave ( proceeds from the event go to the fight against cancer). The event is on September 11 from 4-6 pm at Mile 0.

If interested, please contact Graham Lamb at

“Tango!” looking for camera, sound and lighting people

The Producers of an upcoming television series called “Tango!” are looking for camera, sound and lighting people interested in working on their production.

contact: Lou Albert (Producer / Director)
250 882 4241

GIFTS Crew Call for Sept 20th – Oct 9th

Deadline to Apply: September 1st, 2009

GIFTS is now accepting applications from all alumni to fill 4 crew positions for an upcoming production being shot in the Gulf Islands from September 20 – October 9.

Preference will be given to Adults who have graduated from GIFTS’ intensive two-week or monthlong filmmaking programs, but all students with production experience are encouraged to apply.

GIFTS will be used as the pre-production and post-production facility, and the production will be shot on location throughout the Southern Gulf Islands (Mayne, Pender, Saturna, Salt Spring, and Galiano). GIFTS will cover all expenses, including: accomodation, meals, transpoprtation, equipment, etc.

The 4 crew members will gain valuable production experience on a professional production and recieve full credit to be used on their resume/cv, as well as the option to recieve a letter of support from GIFTS for future work.

TO APPLY: Please phone or email GIFTS to recieve more info on the project and a simple application form to complete. All applications must be submitted by September 1st.

Phone 1.800.813.9993 or Email


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


(1) THE AUDITIONING DILEMMA & SOLUTIONS. Instructor: Joanne Wilson
September 21st – October 26th. (6 sessions) Mondays 7 – 10 p.m. Cost: $275.

(2) ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUES. Instructor: Joe McCoy (Nearly sold-out!) September 22nd – November 10th. (8 sessions) Tuesdays 7:00 – 10:00 pm. Cost: $ 395.00

(3) THE WORKING ACTOR (Continuing Studies). Instructor: Joe McCoy
September 23rd – November 11th (8 sessions) Wednesdays 7:00 – 10:00 pm. Cost:  $395.00

(4) ADVANCED STUDIES (10 sessions) Thursdays 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Cost: $435

Visit website: for additional program information & bios

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:  The Necessities of Life, Control Alt Delete, Cooper’s Camera, and more!

The DVD club is discussing “The Necessities of Life”

Canada’s official Foreign Film Academy Award Submission for  2009. The Necessities of Life,  “brilliantly personifies a difficult chapter in  Canadian history (circa 1952). Ungalaaq beautifully portrays Tivii, a  displaced Inuit suffering from tuberculosis. Far away from his loved ones,  unable to speak French, on the verge of death, and facing an completely alien world in a Quebec sanatorium, he is saved only by the love and caring of a  white Sister Nurse and a young orphan boy caught between the world of the  Inuit and that of the “White man”.

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



Information on Employment, Projects, Residencies, Bursaries, and Submission Requests to other media arts centres

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Regular Deadline Approaching for the 2010 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Postmarked Deadlines are as follows:

Regular  – September 4, 2009
Final  – October 20, 2009

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, the premier venue for
nonfiction film in the American West, is seeking submissions for its
sixth annual event. From February 12-21, 2010 the festival will
screen 100 films, including world and U.S. premieres, classics, rare
and experimental works on Montana’s largest screen at the historic
Wilma Theater in downtown Missoula, Montana.  In addition to ten days
of screenings, the event will feature many public and VIP events
including panel discussions, galas, receptions and networking

The competitive event is open to non-fiction films and videos of all
genres, subject matter, lengths and production dates. Awards and cash
prizes will be given for Best Documentary Feature (over 50 minutes),
Best Documentary Short (15-50 minutes), Best Mini-Doc (under 15
minutes) and best documentary about the American West (the “Big Sky

miniDV (NTSC/PAL) accepted for preview.

Enter via at – <;

or download entry form in pdf format at –

If you would like an entry form emailed to you in pdf format, send a
request to <>.

We look forward to viewing your films!

Mike Steinberg
Festival Director/ Programmer
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
131 South Higgins Avenue, Suite 3-6
Missoula, Montana 59802
(406) 541- FILM (3456)



Exclusive Professional Training & Pitch Sessions

Do you have a great idea for a short, long or series drama, OR a short or feature documentary?  Enter our competition to pitch your idea to a panel of commissioning editors and acquisitions executives from the major Canadian broadcasters – who will provide valuable feedback and development advice.  You will also have a chance to win imagineNATIVE’s Documentary Pitch or Drama Pitch prizes to help your idea become a reality.

For more information and to download a submission form, please visit our website at

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday September 1, 2009.

Please note: Travel and other expenses are not provided.

Questions? Please contact Programming Coordinator Daniel Northway-Frank at  or 416-585-2333.



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