MEDIANET NEWS October 29, 2009

MediaNet Office hours: Mon-Fri 9 am – 1pm, Sat 9 am – noon

(250) 381-4428

Reminder: MediaNet’s office hours are: Mon-Fri 9 am – 1pm, Sat 9 am – noon
Equipment drop off time: 9am-9:30am, Equipment pick up time: 9:30-10am only, unless other arrangements are made.
Please note: From 1pm Friday, November 6 until 1pm Monday, November 9, the imacs in the editing room will not be available for use.
The G5 computer and Catlin’s computer in the main room may be used for editing.


The ProArts Alliance of Victoria has created a toolkit that explains the situation facing the artists and arts organizations
due to the BC government’s cuts to arts funding.  The Toolkit also provides info on how to contact at the government.
Ipsos-Reid says 91% of people in BC believe in strong public funding for the Arts.   Tell the Provincial Government whether you think the arts are important.  You can download the toolkit from this link:

TONIGHT!- The Ways Home: Top Ten Ways to END Homelessness
Forum at UVIC Thursday Oct. 29: 7:30-9:30pm Harry Hickman Bldg. Room 105
admission is free. call (250) 472-4747 to register so we can guarantee you a seat.

Moderators: Bernie Pauly, PhD, School of Nursing, UVic, and Margo Matwychuk, PhD, Department of Anthropology, UVic
Some people conclude that ending homelessness is complicated, that there are no easy solutions. Others say that this really isn’t a complicated problem—that we simply need to tackle three hurdles: housing, income and social supports. Yet, the answers may appear more complicated when we attempt to consider ways to overcome these three hurdles. This panel brings together community-based researchers, service providers, activists and individuals with experience of homelessness to share stories and explore the possibilities and practicalities of specific initiatives geared to addressing these hurdles and ending homelessness.


Friday October 30, 7pm

What Did You Do Boy

An Evening of Indigenous Arts
Featuring a presentation of video poems and spoken word by Janet Rogers and
Iroquois songs by Lindsay Delaronde

At the Community Arts Council, G6-1001 Douglas St.
Free admission. Refreshments will be served.

For more information call: 250-382-3986



The next OPEN CINEMA  event will be held on Wednesday, November 18,
featuring a screening of the award-winning film, The Age of Stupid.

Sponsored by the Sierra Club

Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad St
Doors 5:30
Suggested donation $10

Blurring the boundary between sci-fi and documentary Oscar nominated

Pete Postlethwaite stars as a man living alone in the

devastated world of 2055, looking at old footage from 2008 and

asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the


(UK, 2009)

Open forum discussion with

Dr. Colin Campbell, Science Advisor (,

Dorothy Cutting (,

Michelle Culossi (

and Dr. James Rowe (School of Environmental Studies, UVic).


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For Sale:   Gildecam 4000 + Body Pod + Arm Brace  Excellent condition $495.00

Glidecam 4000 Pro: hand-held camcorder stabilizing system designed for cameras
weighing from 4 to 10 pounds.
Body Pod: A lightweight rigid support system which, when used with the Glidecam 4000 Pro, hand-held stabilizers, allows all the weight of the system to be supported by your body.
Arm Brace: An accessory designed to distribute the weight of a Glidecam 4000 Pro,
stabilizer over the entire forearm of the operator.

Contact Richard 250 885 6451


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:



Cinevic’s Sweet 16 Celebration
Sweet 16: a 16mm Celebration is a three day event consisting of two 16mm workshops, a forum on the future of the medium, an artist talk with Deco Dawson, and an evening screening of some of the best local and Canadian film produced and printed on 16mm from the past 16 years. CineVic’s objectives in hosting this celebration are; to explore influence of 16mm on the aesthetics of filmmaking, to create more opportunities for the art of short form and small-gauge film to be seen, and to encourage the practice of filmmaking – on film!

Sweet 16 Schedule:

Friday Nov 6th 7-9pm CineVic 2022 Douglas St. By donation, must pre-register

Deco Dawson Artist Talk

Saturday November 7th All Events at St. Ann’s Auditorium 835 Humbolt St.

2-5pm David Moxness – Professional Super 16 Techniques $50 members $75 non-members

5:30-7pm Forum – The Future of Film $10 or 1 CineCredit

8:30-10pm Sweet 16 Screening

Sunday November 8th 1-5pm 2022 Douglas St. $75 members $100 non
Deco Dawson – Hands on 16mm Experimental Technique Workshop

For more information, go to


Friday November 6th at UVIC

The Pacific Peoples’ Partnership, the Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives and Alcheringa Gallery are proud to present, as a part of the exhibition  Hailans to Ailans  an Artist Discussion Panel and a special screening of Killer Whale and Crocodile.

This event is held at 7:00 pm in the Gordon F. MacFarlane Lecture Theatre in the Harry HickmanBuilding (HHB 105) at UVIC. Admission by donation.



Screening at St. ANNE’S ACADEMY
835 Humbolt st.
Friday NOV 13 (7pm) & NOV 14 (1pm).

The plan: to cycle halfway across the planet. From the tip of Patagonia to the far reaches of the Canadian Arctic, this adventure would change their perspectives of the world forever. Despite what they thought they knew about the world… they came to see that they hardly knew it at all.

In a time when global relations can make the world seem too scary to embrace, these young Canadians remind us that the most common thing we share with other parts of the world is humanity.

18 countries by bicycle.
“The journey is the destination” ~ D. Woodend, Momentum Magazine
“This adorable film offers breathtaking vistas” ~ Y. Zacaraias, Vancouver Sun
“Fascinating” ~ M. MacDonald, Seattle Times



NOV  20  21  22  2009


Friday Program:
Speaker – Moussa Magassa, Human Rights Education Advisor, University of Victoria
Eleanor’s Dream – An artistic tribute to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to Eleanor Roosevelt
The Devil’s Bargain – Powerful footage of the destruction caused by the trade in small arms and the struggle for an International Treaty

Saturday Program:
Speaker – Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada
Seeking Refuge – Canada’s refugee process provides hope and despair for five featured refugees

Sunday Program:
Speaker – Serina Zapf, Vice President of Amnesty International Canada
Speaker – Dr Mary-Wynne Ashford, past president of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
Justicia Now – Oil’s toxic legacy in Ecuador and the largest environmental class action lawsuit in history
Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari – Planting trees for fuel, shade and food led Wangari Maathai to social activism and the Nobel Peace Prize.  She is still speaking out on climate change.  This film has won many awards


David Simmon’s Screenactor’s Studio

(1) The Auditioning Dilemma & Solutions.     Instructor: Joanne Wilson

(2) The Meisner Approach. (last spots available).    Instructor. Joe McCoy.

(3) Acting With The Tao (For Actors and Directors).

(4)  ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUES (last spots available)

For more information, go to

Movie Monday

6:30 pm Monday 2 November 2009
Om Shanti Om, 2007, 162 min

The greatest of all Bollywood films, Om Shanti Om bubbles over with elaborate plot; comedy, high romance, ghosts, reincarnation and revenge. It’s full of Indian superstars, music and frenetic, imaginative dance numbers, and clocks in at a robust. “Both an homage to and parody of Bollywood, this cinematic feast delivered straight from the heart of the film industry will have you glued to your seats till the end.”

6:30 pm Monday 9 November 2009
The Stone Of Destiny Scotland, 2008, 97 min

With Scots nationalism waning under the weight of Britain’s rule, four university students, led by Ian Hamilton, make a dramatic gesture to reawaken their country’s pride. Despite having little money and even less experience, they scheme to break into Westminster Abbey in the wee hours and “liberate” that most powerful symbol of Scotland’s nationhood – The Stone of Destiny. This latest historical comedy/drama from Vancouver’s Charles Martin Smith is a treat! It’s close to the true story.
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

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:  Cairo Time
Cairo Time received the City of Toronto and Astral Media’s Award for Best Canadian Feature Film. Starring Patricia Clarkson and Alexander Siddig

The DVD club is now discussing Fierce Light

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



Call for Submissions:  Vifpa film for Victoria Film Festival

Vifpa is searching for a film to be presented at the ViFPA screening at the Victoria Film Festival (January 29 – February 7, 2010).

If you are a ViFPA member in good standing (your dues are paid up for 2009) and you’ve produced or directed a film in the last year that is one hour (television length) or longer, then you are eligible.  Documentaries, dramas and docu-dramas are eligible and it is OK if the film has been broadcast.

A jury of ViFPA board members will screen the submissions and pick one film that will be featured at a special ViFPA screening at the festival, followed by a reception.

Please submit a DVD of your recent film by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4 to:

David Springbett
c/o Asterisk Productions
1105 Oscar Street
Victoria, BC   V8V 2X3

If no one is at the office, you can leave the DVD in the mailbox at Asterisk Productions.


Job Posting: Accounting Manager, Pacific Opera

Pacific Opera Victoria, now in its thirtieth season, is one Vancouver Island’s largest arts organizations with an annual operating budget of $3.7 million. Each season, the company produces four original productions, operates two training programs, and tours to schools in Southern Vancouver Island.
We are currently seeking an Accounting Manager. The principal responsibilities are as follows.
– Manage all day to day bookkeeping, including accounts payable, and preparation of monthly and annual financial statements

– Manage payroll, including T4’s, GST, and reports to Equity and IATSE

– Maintain G/L account structure and integrity

– Maintain, backup, and store accounting records

– Liaise with bank, including internal account oversight and all day to day transactions

– Prepare financial reports for grant applications, including Canada Council, BC Arts Council, CRD Arts and BC Gaming

– Prepare and submit charity returns, GST/HST returns and all other government reports

– Prepare surveys for Statistics Canada, Opera America, and Business in the Arts

– Oversee all insurance and benefit needs

– Monitor cash flow including short term investments

– Support budget control through collaborative relationships with Director of Marketing and Development and Director of Production

– Oversee annual audit, including preparation of financial statements, working papers, and schedules

– Accounting designation preferred

– Strong computer skills, with knowledge of AccPac and Excel

– Ability to work in a team environment

– Non profit experience a plus

– Strong time management skills

– Flexible hours may be possible

First review of resumes will be on November 6, 2009. Please send materials to Barbara Foubister, Executive Assistant at:
Pacific Opera Victoria
1815 Blanshard Street
Victoria, BC V8T 5A4



Tremendous professional opportunity to work with with the Media and Democracy Coalition, a Washington, DC-based public interest advocacy organization working on the politics and policy of the U.S. media: tv, radio, newspapers, the Internet, cable, and many other issues.

The coalition is a collaboration of over two dozen local and national organizations committed to amplifying the public’s voice in shaping media and telecommunications policy, and we are spread out across the United States. Here are some of our members:

Here are some of the issues we are currently working on: expanding community media, solving the digital divide, protecting freedom on the Internet from corporate abuses, passing the Local Community Radio Act, and many others. The work is challenging, fascinating, and the people involved are smart, fun, and creative. This position is unpaid.

This internship would be an opportunity to learn about the history, politics, makeup, and structural problems of the U.S. media. The breadth of job duties would include researching both the FCC and Congress and helping with advocacy; assisting staff with communications, press, organizing, administrative, and building support for policies to build a more democratic media.

Please send a resume and a cover letter to Hannah Miller at For questions, please call 202-736-5733. Please let us know your hours and availability, and a little bit about what interests you in this field. This internship is unpaid.

We look forward to meeting you and working with you!



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