MEDIANET NEWS February 12, 2010

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OPEN CINEMA Presents the Victoria Premiere of H2Oil

7pm February 24th, 2010

at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad St)

Sponsored by Dogwood Initiative

Ever wonder where American gets most of its oil? If you thought it was Saudi Arabia or Iraq you are wrong. America’s biggest oil supplier has quickly become Canada’s oil sands. Located under Alberta’s pristine boreal forests, the process of oil sands extraction uses up to 4 barrels of fresh water to produce only one barrel of crude oil.

It goes without saying that water — its depletion, exploitation, privatization and contamination — has become the most important issue to face humanity in this century. At the same time, the war for oil is well underway across the globe. A struggle is increasingly being fought between water and oil, not only over them.

Alberta’s oil sands are at the centre of this tension. As the province rushes towards a large-scale extraction, the social, ecological and human impacts are hitting a crisis point. In only a few short years the continent will be a crisscross of pipelines, reaching from the arctic all the way to the southern US, leaving toxic water basins the size of Lake Ontario, and surface-mines as large as Florida.

H2Oil follows a voyage of discovery, heartbreak and politicization in the stories of those attempting to defend water in Alberta against tar sands expansion. Unlikely alliances are built and lives are changed as they come up against the largest industrial project in human history.

With hope and courage H2Oil tells the story of one of the most significant, and destructive projects of our time.

For trailer and more info visit:


Upcoming MediaNet workshops:

All workshops are at the MediaNet office, #106 -2750 Quadra St.

Intro to Final Cut Pro
Monday 15 Feb, Tuesday 16 Feb    FULL
7 PM to 10 PM
New Members Orientation
Sat 20 Feb
11 AM to 1 PM
All new members must attend an orientation within 3 months of joining MediaNet or their privileges will be suspended.  Free
Compressor: Exporting for DVD, the Web and more
Saturday 6 March  12:45 to 3 PM
Learn how to create the versions of your project you need to present yourself the best on DVD, the Web, Youtube and more
Members $20, Non Members $40
Intro to DVD Studio Pro
Sat 20 March  12 to 3 pm
customize your DVD interface with the sophisticated controls of DVD Studio Pro
Members $30, Non Members $50   This is a hands on course, max 5 persons


Intro to DVD Studio Pro

Sat 20 March  12 to 3 pm

customize your DVD interface with the sophisticated controls of DVD Studio Pro
Members $30, Non Members $50   This is a hands on course, max 5 persons


Intro To Final Cut Pro
Sat 27 March
11 AM to 5 PM
Members $50, non members $80
Tuesday 13 April, 7 PM  – New Members Orientation
If you are a new member who joined before Jan 13 2010 and have not attended a New Members Orientation then this is your last chance to hold on to your equipment privileges. As per the January 13 board resolution you must attend a new members orientation within 3 months of joining MediaNet
May 8 to 3  Experiment!
Our second annual 3 week intensive experimental film making program. Expand your horizons and learn techniques that will enhance your films and make them unique. Workshops in the first week then 2 weeks of Mentored Production

To register for workshops please contact

The MediaNet tech blog:


Ocean Networks Canada looking for a Communications & Engagement Assistant
This posting is open until 4:30 pm, February 5, 2010.

ONC is a not-for-profit society created by the University of Victoria to build and sustain Canada’s world leadership in ocean science and technology through the NEPTUNE Canada and VENUS ocean observatories.
Reporting to the Manager of Communications & Engagement, the successful candidate will provide organizational and project management support in the execution of a public engagement strategy.

Please visit:  for a compete job description.



Screenings and Events

Celebrating 100 years of BC Parks
February 12, 3pm
University of Victoria, David Lam Auditorium, Mac A144

Featuring documentaries by MediaNet member Rick Searle

A special screening of two videos honouring the people and events
that have defined the past century of BC’s park system and its first provincial park,


PechaKucha Nights

PechaKucha is an event started in Tokyo in 2003 by architects Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham. It has grown so popular that it has spread to over 250 cities around the world, inspiring artists, writers, designers, architects and other creative professionals to engage with other disciplines outside of their own.  After a few months of collaborative work, PechaKucha Victoria has just received consent to be the official organizers for PechaKucha Nights in Victoria.

Date: February 25th 2010
Time: Doors open at 6:30pm, Start at 7.20pm
Tickets: $10/$8 students

Confirmed Presenters:

Trish Tacoma – Smoking Lily Boutique
Janet Rogers – Spoken Word Artist
Will Horter – Dogwood Initiative
Matt Salik – Graphic Designer
April Inghom – Pacific Peoples’ Partnership
Emilio L. Williams – UVic MFA student
Kane Ryan – Photographer
Kirsten Wright – Boucherat Gallery/Regalia Boutique
Brandy Gallagher – O.U.R. Sustainable Community (TBC)
Matt Phillips – Phillips Beer (TBC)

For more information about PechaKucha visit

Pecha Kucha Organization:

You Tube – Pecha Kucha of Pecha Kucha – Training Bite

I love my life…Ben Hollis


Movie Monday

6:30 pm Monday 15 February 2010
Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia, 2008, 60 min
with the Seattle filmmaker Dr Delaney Ruston

Dr Ruston will be doing psychiatric Rounds presentation the next morning 8am in our theatre)Richard Ruston was afflicted with paranoid schizophrenia before his daughter’s, Delaney Ruston’s, birth. After many years of shame, frustration and fear she decided to hide from her father and keep her phone number and address unlisted. But now, 10 years later, Richard is more stable on a newer medicine and Delaney, given her experiences as a doctor and a mother, decides to reconnect with her father. This is about their journey.

Dr Delaney will be presenting at Psychiatric Rounds Tuesday Feb 16 8am


7:00 pm Saturday 20 February 2010
Finding Normal, 2007, 77 min
At Hemma – the home of Yoga and acupuncture 1274 May Street organized by Michael Lium-Hall

There is a screening of another MM favourite Finding Normal, a documentary from Portland, Oregon about a peer-run addiction recovery program. The film follows the path of mentors, and the addicts trying to stay clean, and learning to live sober.

Several members of the Community Acupuncture Network have been using the film as a training aid for acupuncturists working in community clinics and are sharing it with the community.

Monday February 22 – To Be Announced
For more information on upcoming films, 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:  Prom Night in Mississippi, Love and Savagery, Amreeka, Invisible City, and more!
The DVD club is now discussing Nurse.Fighter.Boy

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


Rooftop Films is currently accepting submissions for the 2010 Summer Series. In May 2010 we will begin celebrating our 14th year of bringing the best underground films in the world outdoors and to the rooftops of New York.
Earlybird: December 5, 2009
Regular: January 15, 2010
Late: February 15, 20010

64th Edinburgh International Film Festival (Scotland)
Edinburgh, Scotland, June 16 to 27, 2010
Call for entries (Feature-length and short films)
Regular Deadline : February 1, 2010
Late Deadline, higher registration fee : February 15, 2010

We here at Match International would like your video and film submissions starting NOW!
Deadline: February 10, 2010

NSI Online Short Film Festival 2010 (Winnipeg)
Films wanted for the NSI Online Short Film Festival 2010
The National Screen Institute is now accepting films for its NSI Online Short Film Festival.
Deadline: February 10, 2010
Read more

Telefilm Canada is currently accepting entries for the Canadian Pre-Selection Screenings in Montréal for the 63rd FESTIVAL DE CANNES – Cannes, France, May 12 to 23, 2010
Registration deadline/Telefilm Canada : February 12, 2010
Infos: 514 283-6363 or 1 800 567-0890.

Call for Native Artists | Red Runners (Toronto)
An exhibition open to contemporary or traditional Native artists of all disciplines including quillwork, beadwork, painting, sculpture/installation, new media etc.
Deadline: February 15, 2010

16th Edition: May 26 – 29, 2010
MEDIA CITY is an international festival of experimental film and video art
presented annually since 1994.
Deadline: February 19, 2010
Infos and entry form:

S i l e n t s – Call for submissions – L’Appentis (Montréal)
Moments of latency, neither inhabited nor in complete silence. L’appentis invites you to submit short videos and soundtracks inspired from these topics.
Deadline: March 1st, 2010

Urban Screens Toronto 2010
Call for Interactive Media And Video Art – I am here; what can we do?
New or existing experimental, interactive artwork suitable for urban screens.
Short-format videos that are relevant for presentation on urban screens.
Deadline: March 1, 2010

RACINES/ROOTS Challenge, Radio Canada International (Montréal)
Show us your roots.Tell us your story!
Enter Radio Canada International’s new competition, Roots, by submitting a short film or multimedia production (3 or 8 minutes long) about your personal history or that of your family.
Deadline: March 7, 2010

Brooklyn Int’l Film Festival – 13th Edition (New York)
Final Deadline: March 17, 2010

Call for submissions | MUSE (Toronto)
Seeking video work for a project curated by Suzanne Carte-
Blanchenot & Su-Ying Lee taking place in May/June 2010. This
is an experiment between curators, artists and audience.
Deadline: April 30, 2010
Mail submissions to: MUSE
11-1463 King St. W
Toronto, ON M6K 1J4




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