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Eco Doc 2010
Workshops Sept 12 to 19; Production Sept 20-Oct 4
Screening Oct 5, Victoria Event center

EcoDoc is a 3 week program for filmmakers and environmentalists to realize and communicate their vision to the Victoria public, to BC and to the world. MediaNet, in partnership with The Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria is presenting a week of seminars and workshops for the EcoDoc participants and to the community.

We are proud to have MediaNet members and Media Partners join with us to bring a mentored filmmaking program to the Victoria community.

During the 3 week period of EcoDoc all participants will have access to MediaNet’s production and editing facilites and the technical support of MediaNet with Mentors Kirk Schwartz, Scott Amos and Anna Malkin. Participants will be guided in working with Final Cut and Final Cut Express as well as support for audio and video aquisition.

Production ends 3 Oct

The registration fee for the program is $175 (or $150 for MediaNet members) and guarantees participants a space in all the workshops as well as access to MediaNet equipment and editing facilities (rental costs included in the registration fee). As well, participants will receive ongoing technical and production mentoring. There are a limited number of spaces available in this program.

To sign up for the program call MediaNet at 250-381-4428 or send us an email

Watch the videos from EcoDoc 08 at
Watch the videos from EcoDoc 09 at

EcoDoc workshop schedule
(free for participants, general public suggested min $5 donation)

(please note that the schedule may change and check back for updates)

Sat Sept 11
2 – 4 pm – MediaNet and EcoDoc orientation
Meet your fellow documentarians, become familiar with the schedule, how the program works and what MediaNet’s equipment policies are.

7 PM -Will Horter of The Dogwood Initiative- keynote address –

Sunday Sept 12
2 PM Cyrus Block – Documentary Production Techniques(EcoDoc participants only) Cinematographer Cyrus Bloc will share his insights and knowledge gathered during a lifetime of working on documentaries, feature films and broadcast series info at IMDB

7 pm Nichole Sorochan (time and date to be confirmed)- Activist Video Workshop (EcoDoc participants only) EcoActivist, filmmaker and Social Media mentor Nichole Sorochan shares her experiences using video not just for creating documentaries but as well as a tool for social change

Tuesday 14 Sept
Intro to Final Cut Pro – Kirk Schwartz 7 PM (EcoDoc participants only)

Wed 15 Sept
Intro to Final Cut Pro – Kirk Schwartz 7 PM (EcoDoc participants only)

Thursday 16 Sept
7 PM – Blue Gold – the Fight for Fish Lake. Karen Hurley will talk after the screening about the film’s effect on the environmental panel and video and the impact of video on politial and social processes

Friday 17 Sept – Tom Shandel – creating the documentary: a producers view (open to the public) From “The Corporation” (1999) to “America, Love It or Leave It” (1990), from the founding of medicare (“Bitter Medicine” 1983) to “Kerouac” (1997) Tom Shandel has been making documentaries that take the pulse of the times. Tom will share his insights and his knowledge about documentaries and what makes them work.

Sat 18 Sept
Nichole Sorochan/Kirk Schwartz- Story editing session 10 am to 5 pm (EcoDoc participants only) MediaNet’s Technical Director Kirk Schwartz and environmentalist, filmmaker and environmental activist Nichole Sorochan team up to help you refine and develop your story

Karen Hurley (time/date tba)
Images of the future in films. All the dead earth images are robbing us of hope for the future. This translates into reduced action in the present to protect natural and agricultural spaces. Discussion with the filmmakers on whether, or not, filmmakers have a responsibility to contribute to sustainable and just futures.

Screening Tues 2 Oct at 7 PM – Victoria Events Centre (Everybody welcome – admission by donation). Come see the work done by local Victorians about local issues in the friendly atmosphere of the Victoria Event Center, 1415 Broad St

For more information, please visit our website:

OPEN CINEMA launches its Eighth Season with a celebration of local, seasonal food!
Presented in collaboration with Food Roots

‘FRESH: new thinking about what we’re eating’ (2009)

7pm, Wednesday September 22, 2010
Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad Street (elevator access)
Admission: $10 suggested donation
Cash bar, local organic food concession, popcorn, coffee by Level Ground, door prizes, more!
Doors open at 5.30pm

OPEN CINEMA Season Eight launches with the Victoria Premiere of “FRESH: new thinking about what we’re eating” a film by Ana Sofia Joanes
This inspiring community event will be the first in a series of seasonal celebrations of film, food and farming in collaboration with, stay tuned for more details.

FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.

Among several main characters, FRESH features urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur’s 2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma; and supermarket owner, David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy.

For more information and trailer visit:

The MediaNet tech blog:



Screenings and Events

Movie Monday

6:30 pm Monday 16 August 2010
Where The Wild Things Are, 2009, 101 min

An adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s story, where Max, a disobedient little boy sent to bed without his supper, creates his own world – a forest inhabited by ferocious wild creatures that crown Max as their ruler. It’s not an easy job, being a ruler. Stunning visuals and lots to talk about.
6:30 pm Monday 23 August 2010
The Last Station, 2009, 30 min

A tale of two romances, one beginning, one near its end, The Last Station is a complex, funny, rich and emotional story about the difficulty of living with love and the impossibility of living without it. After almost fifty years of marriage, the Countess Sofya (Helen Mirren), Leo Tolstoy’s (Christopher Plummer) devoted wife, passionate lover, muse and secretary—she’s copied out War and Peace six times…by hand!—suddenly finds her entire world turned upside down. In the name of his newly created religion, the great Russian novelist has renounced his noble title, his property and even his family in favor of poverty, vegetarianism and even celibacy. After she’s born him thirteen children! A new male secretary comes to work with Tolstoy and finds a complicated scene, full of hypocrisy and intrigue. You will too! 2009 112min 14A some nudity and sexuality.

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 now playing: This Movie is Broken, Splice, Black Field, The Trotsky and more.
The DVD club is discussing Grown Up Movie Star

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



The Physical Approach into Writing
Earle Clarke House – 1461 Pembroke St. (@Belmont) 250-595-0944

Cost: $200 for each workshop (20% discount Equity Members)

Song and Music Writing for Theatre
August 13, 7-9pm and Aug 14 and 15, 10-1pm

John Millard, creator of The Polka Dogs, John Millard and Happy Day and a number of award-winning musicals,
is offering a summer theatre-music workshop. for musicians, actors, composers and enthusiasts of all stripes.

The Physical Approach to Writing
August 14 and 15, 2-6pm

Martha Ross, co-founder of the Toronto-based theatre company, Theatre Columbus (The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine; The Attic, the Pearls and Three Fine Girls) is offering a class that aims to tap your writer’s voice by way of character work – a physical approach that she has adapted from her training at Ecole Jacques Lecoq and her years of experience of creating award-winning theatre.


Gulf Island Film School (GIFTS)

Gifts is offering MediaNet members a 50% tuition bursary for the following programs:

W1037 Adult Media Intensive Program September 12-18/2010

The one-week MEDIA INTENSIVE PROGRAM (MIP) offers students an action-packed week of hands-on training in an innovative live/work media centre on Galiano Island. Drama, Documentary, Animation and Visual Effects are among the many production focuses you can choose from. Since 1995, thousands of youth and adults have been immersed in the world of desktop video/animation/multimedia/film production at G.I.F.T.S.

W1038 Adult Producers Intensive Program September 20-Oct 1/2010

Producers’ Intensive Program 2010 GIFTS is now offering a Producers’ Intensive Program (PIP) that blends the best of the month-long Independent Media Producer’s Program and week-long courses.

Students work in production teams of three to five on their original video for
the whole two weeks. As with most GIFTS programs, the entire production process is explored, from concept to credits. This course features more shooting and editing than during the one week MIP, and emphasizes the nuts-and-bolts of production.
You will leave with the week’s videos, a resource package, and a clear understanding of the processes and technologies involved in indie filmmaking.

Contact or give us a call @ 1-800-813-9993
Betsy Fairbrother
GIFTS Registrar
West Coast Screenwriting

In August, West Coast Screenwriting principals, Keith Digby (Young Alexander, Time Exposures) and Brian Paisley (Lies Like Truth, Mahashivatri) will hold another in their highly appreciated ‘Weekend Blitz’ workshops for aspiring screenwriters. (Only nine participants, maximum, each.)

Location: Victoria Film Commission offices, #201 468 Bellville St. Victoria
Dates: August 27th, 28th, 29th, 2010.
Cost $275 ($250 for participants who cite this MediaNet posting and register before August 1st).
Sponsored by The Greater Victoria Film Commission.

For new and emerging screenwriters, bring your idea/concept, outline or unfinished screenplay. Novel and short story writers, who might be thinking of adapting one of their works for the screen, bring a one-page outline and watch its progress towards the screen.

See the curriculum and registration details on our website:


Submissions to other Media Arts Centers, festivals, projects and residencies

Call for Entries ~ The Accolade

Deadline: August 27, 2010

Now in its eighth year, top-tier, international awards competition, The Accolade, announces its Call for Entries for filmmakers, television producers and videographers.
For more information, please go to:

Suddenly Dance Theatre is ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS until August 31, 2010 – for our UNODANZ (May 2011) and 14th ROMP! Festival (Sept/Oct 2011) programs.
Voted Victoria’s “Favourite Multi-Media Event” (Monday Magazine M Awards 2010) the 14th ROMP! Festival offers a variety of opportunities to showcase the work of dance artists (dancers, choreographers, filmmakers, visual artists, writers, youth).
Application and information:
Artcite is one of three MEDIA ARTS recommenders for the Ontario Arts Council’s Exhibitions Assistance program. The OAC Exhibition Assistance program provides grants of $500 to $1,500 to assist Ontario artists at all stages of their careers with presentation costs related to confirmed, upcoming public exhibitions of their work.
Deadlines for 2010: July 10, 2010; September 10, 2010; November 10, 2010

Based on its mandate, the festival is looking for short films that have a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, two-spirited aspect to them.
Deadline: august 31, 2010

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, the premier venue for nonfiction film in the American West, is seeking submissions for its eighth annual event.
Regular Deadline: September 3, 2010
Final Deadline: October 15, 2010

Seeks submissions of exactly one minute in length on the theme “social”.
Deadline: August 31, 2010

6th Annual Vancouver Women in Film Festival (March 4-8, 2011) Seeks Film Submissions
Early bird deadline: September 1, 2010
Final submission deadline: November 1, 2010

Canada-based artists are invited to submit their first screen-based artwork to be screened and to compete for the HTMlles 2010 Festival of Media Art + Digital Culture’s Emerging Artist Award.
Deadline: September 13, 2010



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