MEDIANET NEWS February 25, 2010

OFFICE HOURS Mon-Fri 9 am – 1 pm, Sat 9 am – noon
(250) 381-4428

Welcome to MediaNet’s new and returning Board Members!

Scott Amos (President), Trudy Pauluth-Penner (Vice-President), Tom Shandel (Treasurer), Betsy Nuse (Secretary)
Members at Large: Cyrus Block, Monique Cartesan, Coleen Craig, April Ingham, and Pauline Karch.

And thank you to our outgoing Board Members, for all of your time and dedication.


Coming up at OPEN CINEMA


March 10th, at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad St. – fully accessible)
Doors: 5:30pm, screening at 7pm
$10 suggested donation

Sponsored by the Greater Victoria Water Watch Coalition

From the producers of Who Killed the Electric Car, this timely documentary
is a powerful portrait of the lives affected by the bottled water
industry, caught at the intersection of big business and the public’s
right to water. (Atlas Pictures, USA 2009).

Featuring an open forum discussion with

Janet Gray (Greater Victoria Water Watch Coalition), Bill Weaver
(Media Strategist, Filmmaker, Deborah
Walker (CRD Water Conservation), Susanne Porter-Bopp
(Community Water Coordinator, POLIS Project).

For more info and trailer visit


MediaNet is pleased to announce its first ever Spring Break Video Camp for youth

The Camp will run from March 8 to 12th from 10 am to 4 pm.

The camp was planned and conceived by MediaNet technical director Kirk Schwartz  with the help of Leanna Platt, youth worker at InterCultural Association of Victoria.

The Camp will be led by Kirk Schwartz (BA (english), MediaNet Technical Director and Audio Instructor at the Pacific Film and New Media Academy) and MediaNet member Rachael Roberts. Rachael has Bachelor of Education from the University of Edmonton with majors in Social Studies and French. She is a substitute middle and high school teacher in Victoria. MediaNet board Member Cyrus Block (B.Sc., London Film School, CSC.) will be in attendance for much of the camp. Additional part time assistance will be provided by MediaNet Member Colleen Craig (Filmmaker, Youth Worker).

In addition, two youth leaders from ICA will be in attendance for the duration of the camp.

Daytime activities will be divided between mornings of storyboarding, outings, guest filmmakers and team building with afternoons dedicated to set dec,  shooting and editing. Locations outside MediaNet will include the Victoria Events Centre and may include Summit Park (3 blocks from MediaNet).

Activities will include exercises in team building, dramatic role playing and games and guest mentors as well as video filmmaking from A to Z, including story boarding, shooting and editing. There will be a screening of the videos created during the camp on the final Friday afternoon in the VDC classroom across the hall from MediaNet. Friends and family will be encouraged to attend.

The camp is aimed at youth between 11 and 14. (grades 6, 7, 8). Cost per child in $150. Maximum enrollment is 10 paricipants

For More Information,  call 250-381-4428


MediaNet member Merina Rael is looking for someone to assist with camera work and editing
for a short video trailer connected to a book project.

Please contact


Upcoming MediaNet workshops:

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

Is anyone interested in taking an introduction to our cameras, lighting or sound? Let us know! If we get enough interest, we will schedule some workshops.

Compressor: Exporting for DVD, the Web and more
Saturday 6 March  10:30am to 1pm
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 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

See last year’s Experiment videos on our website!

To register for workshops please contact

The MediaNet tech blog:

Oak Bay Lodge Arts Festival
Embrace Aging Celebration

Looking for film/videomakers

You are invited to present work at the upcoming Arts in Health Care celebration sponsored by the greater Victoria ElderCare Foundation. The program pairs young artists with senior artists to create art exhibits celebrating the lives and achievements of seniors at Oak Bay Lodge. The programming runs from March 29 to April 4, 2010. The festival is looking for people interested in:

Creating a short documentary on events happening during the festival;

Partnerships of adult and youth filmmakers who would interview  elders at the lodge and collaboratively create a short 5 to 10-minute documentary to showcase as part of the closing of the festival, on April 4.




Screenings and Events

Tonight! 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:

Rose Henry and Josef Krancevic – Homeless Nation
Will Horter – Dogwood Initiative
Matt Salik – Graphic Designer
April Ingham – 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

Oral Buffet – an eclectic night of storytelling and music

Hermann’s Jazz Club – 753 View Street
Thursday March 11, 7 – 10pm
Tickets $10 advance or at the door
Joint production of the Ministry of Casual Living and the Slide Room Gallery

On Thursday, March 11th, Hermann’s Jazz Club will be hosting Oral Buffet, a spoken word and stage performance night collectively pieced together by various members of Victoria’s art community.  Members of the public are encouraged to attend this ticketed event taking place during the hours of 7-10pm.  Individuals will have an opportunity to support two prominent artist run spaces in Victoria; the Ministry of Casual Living and the Slide Room Gallery.  Over a dozen performers will be gracing the stage to share their tales with the public.

In the spirit of the artist run centre, Oral Buffet is pleased to assemble 15+ artists from varying disciplines and at different points in their careers. These individuals are generously contributing their time to support the ongoing development of Victoria’s art scene.  Whether through spoken word or musical performance, each  artist will share a brief snippet of their own personal reality.

Performers include:  Kirsten Wright, Slim Sandy, Paul Scrivener, Caleb Speller, Jesse Scott, d.bradley muir, J McLaughlin, John Luna, Rad Juli & guests, Roy Green, Ken Gordon, Hailey Finnigan, Andrea Kavanagh, Marlene Bouchard and last but definitely not least, John G. Boehme.

Tickets available at: The Ministry of Casual Living, The Slide Room Gallery, Street Level Coffee on Fort Street.
Contact: Marlene Bouchard at:


The University of Victoria
Department of Women’s Studies presents

Maria Tallchief: America’s Prima Ballerina

by director Sandra Sunrising Osawa

Monday, March 1st, 7:30-9:30pm
Social Sciences and Mathematics Building, Room A120

Free Admission

Film director Sandy Sunrising Osawa is a Makah tribal member from Washington State and one of North America’s leading Indigenous filmmakers.  Her documentary films span four decades and have redefined mainstream television images of Native Americans.

On Monday, March 1st, Ms. Osawa will present her newest film Maria Tallchief: America’s Prima Ballerina as part of the University of Victoria’s 2010 Lansdowne Lecture series.   An Osage Indian from Oklahoma, Maria Tallchief overcame the skepticism and condescension of the dance establishment to become America’s first prima ballerina and a founding member of the New York City Ballet.  She performed as a soloist with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, and was the first American to dance with the Paris Opera Ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.  As prima ballerina for the New York City Ballet, Tallchief danced her most famous role in Firebird (1949), one of more than twenty-five roles created for her by the legendary choreographer George Balanchine.  According to dance historian Francis Mason, who is featured in the film, “Maria Tallchief lit a fire under classical ballet that is still burning” and she is still considered to be one of the greatest ballerinas of all time.

Maria Tallchief: America’s Prima Ballerina features archival photos, rare dance clips and commentary by Ms. Tallchief herself, as well as interviews with dance colleagues and historians.  In citing her motivation for producing the film, Ms. Osawa says, “There is a lack of positive stories about Native American women in film, and although a film tribute to her is long overdue I am honoured to be the one to introduce Maria Tallchief to fans old and new.”  Ms. Osawa’s presentation offers Victoria audiences a rare opportunity to enjoy this intimate film portrait of one of the dance world’s most iconic figures.

For more information please call 250-721-7378
on line directions to buildings:

Movie Monday

7:00 pm Thursday 25 February 2010
The Cats Of Mirikitani, 2006, 74 min, at the York Hotel Gallery, 705 Johnson Street

Eighty-year-old Jimmy Mirikitani survived the trauma of WWII internment camps, Hiroshima, and homelessness by creating art. But when 9/11 threatens his life on the New York City streets and a local filmmaker brings him to her home, the two embark on a journey to confront Jimmy’s painful past. An intimate exploration of the lingering wounds of war and the healing powers of friendship and art. This documentary won the Audience Award at its premiere in the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival and is a Movie Monday favourite.

6:30 pm Monday 1 March 2010
Mrs Doubtfire, 1993, 125 min

Comedy Tonight! An out of work voice-over actor and his wife get divorced, with the wife gaining custody of the three children. Unhappy with the alotted time given him to spend with the kids, the father dresses up as an old lady and gets a job as the kids’ nanny.


6:30 pm Monday 8 March 2010
Stuart Saves His Family, 1995, 95 min

This special screening of a Movie Monday favourite is especially for volunteers in VIHA. We follow a sweet, earnest guy from an amazingly dysfunctional family through a year in his life: his journal, his cable tv “affirmations” show, rescuing his family where he can, (and himself when he can’t and retreating to his bed with a bag of Oreos when he gets overwhelmed. But he keeps trying and he is “Good enough, and smart enough, and gol-darn it, people like [him]” Stuart is a model of recovery we can all take to our hearts. From now- US Senator Al Franken’s book and screenplay, directed by legendary Harold Ramis. PG13
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:  I Killed my Mother, Defendor, Reel Injun and more!
The DVD club is discussing Nurse.Fighter.Boy

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



Submissions to other Media Arts Centers and Festivals


The Calgary Folk Music Festival and the Ship & Anchor Pub welcome the return of our Best Video category: EYE CANDY.

Have you collaborated with an independent music artist? Are you an independent musician yourself? We want your videos!

Grand Prize: $1000 CDN  – Deadline March 15, 2010

Enter by adding your video to our You Tube group:

You must have a You Tube account to enter.


Aesthetica Short Film Competition

The Aesthetica Short Film Competition is open for entries! Leading the search for filmmakers who are driving the genre of short film forward through inspirational and innovative works the competition provides an opportunity for both new and experienced filmmakers to have their work broadcast to a wider audience.  All genres of film are being accepted: drama, documentary, music video, animation, satire, comedy, artists’ film and anything else you can think of!

This award offers winners and runners-up a fantastic prize package, including:

Screenings of your film at: The National Media Museum (Bradford, UK), Rushes Soho Shorts Film Festival (London), Glasgow Film Festival, Kerry Film Festival (Ireland), Glimmer: Hull Film Festival, Project Space Leeds and on the Aesthetica website.
£500 (apx. $840) first prize, £250 (apx. $420) runner-up.
12 months membership with Shooting People.
Collection of film books from Wallflower Press.
Winner and 10 runners-up to be included on a DVD that will go to all Aesthetica readers.

Films should be up to 20 minutes long.
For detailed guidelines and entry visit <;
Deadline 30 April 2010

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS For Emerging Canadian Filmmakers working in the spirit of Lindalee Tracey

* a passionate point of view
* a strong sense of social justice
* a sense of humour

The Lindalee Tracey Award is presented yearly at the Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival held in Toronto each spring.
To be eligible for the Lindalee Tracey Award, you must be an emerging artist. We define emerging artist as an individual who has less than three
years of training or experience in media arts.

Please forward your submission to:
Jeyda Elsässer
White Pine Pictures
822 Richmond St. W., Ste 301
Toronto, ON M6J 1C9

Contact Information

phone: 416-703-5580 x.239

Quick Links…

Lindalee Tracey Award Website:

Our Website:

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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