MEDIANET NEWS September 13, 2012

OFFICE HOURS Mon-Fri 9 am – 1 pm, Saturday 9am – noon

(250) 381-4428


MediaNet is located at #110, 2750 Quadra St.

Victoria BC

V8T 4E8


1. MediaNet Workshops – ACTIVATE! List of talks open to the public

2. Call for Submissions – “Negotiating Desire”

3. OPEN CINEMA presents Symphony of the Soil, October 3

4. Metabones Canon Smart adaptor for FS 100

5. Members News- GIFTS gift certificates available

6. Around Town



1. MediaNet workshops




September 6 – October 6. Screening 10th October


Activate is a video documentary production program for people interested in creating and using video to express their point of view on important ecological and social issues.

The program will run over 4 weeks, culminating in a public screening of the works produced. Previous screenings have been held at the Victoria Event Centre in the cabaret style of “OPEN CINEMA”.


Activate talks open to the public:


Thurs. Sept 20 An Evening with Tom Shandel.

Slide Room Gallery at Vancouver Island School of Art, 2549 Quadra St.

By donation

Tom Shandel, President of Getaway Films Inc, producer, director & writer has been producing film and television documentary and drama since 1969 for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Global, CityTV, TVOntario, Bravo!, VisionTV & BCs Knowledge Network and public broadcasters in Alberta, Saskatchewan in Canada; for Public Broadcasting System in the United States, BBC & Channel 4 in England, and for major TV worldwide.

Sun. 23 Sept 2 pm – An afternoon with Judy Jackson

Slide Room Gallery at Vancouver Island School of Art, 2549 Quadra St.

By donation

Judy has won many awards for her documentaries about Human Rights. Early in her career, at CBC’s ‘the fifth estate’, she documented the abuses of Dictators in Chile, Argentina and Guatemala. Then, working from England, (BBC, ITV and C4), she made films including ‘The Hidden Holocaust’ (Guatemala), ‘In Search of the Assassin’ (Central America’). Her film ‘They Shoot Children, Don’t They?’ (Guatemala), about street children murdered by the police, resulted in irate viewers writing in such numbers to the BBC, Amnesty International and the Guatemalan Government that policemen were finally convicted.

Wed 10 Oct

Activate Public Screening

screening of final projects at the Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad St. Doors open at 6:30, films start at 7. Admission by donation.


More information is available on our website:,


2. Call for submissions: Negotiating Desire


MediaNet will be screening video works at Open Space as a part of the Institutions by Artists Convention on October 15. I by A is a meeting of

international artists, curators, critics and academics, who will “deliberate, explore and advance the common interests of artist-run centres

collectives and cultures, creating a catalyst for new as well as divergent practices and perspectives.” I by A takes place in Vancouver from October 12-14. Delegates will be coming to Victoria for October 15.


Negotiating Desire looks at how we deal with the things that we want most – a state of mind, a relationship, an object, a place or time – and how we rationalize these desires in the face of our current realities. The screening will examine desires achieved, desires thwarted and the compromises that we all make.


The videos should be no more than 10mins in length, and do not need to be new works. Please send submissions to MediaNet at #110, 2750 Quadra St., V8T 4E8 no later than October 1.


For more information, please contact Catlin at



3. OPEN CINEMA presents Symphony of the Soil

Wed. October 3 at the Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad St.

doors: 5:30pm

screening: 7pm

Suggested donation $15


OPEN CINEMA  Celebrates its 10th Season with the Canadian Premiere screening of Symphony of the Soil!


Symphony of the Soil explores the complexity and mystery of soil. Using a captivating mix of art and science, the film shows that

soil is a complex living organism, the very foundation of life on earth. By treating the soil properly, we can help solve some of our most

pressing environmental problems. The documentary was filmed on four continents, and contains interviews with some of the most esteemed

scientists, farmers and activists.


Advance tickets to the event are available through Eventbrite

Buy tickets early to avoid disappointment! Only a limited number will be available at the door.


The event features a post-screening discussion with filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia, Robin Tunnicliffe, organic farmer and author of All the Dirt: Reflections on Organic Farming, and Heidi Hermary, founder of Society of Organic Urban Lancare (SOUL), Gaia College. The discussion will be moderated by Alan Dolan, Facilitator and Communications Consultant.


As a new component of OPEN CINEMA’s events, the discussion will be live-streemed to OPEN CINEMA’s website on our live page and there will be a moderated Twitter chat, which can be followed by following #OCchat


Our website also has a brand new look, thanks to Pink Sheep Media! (


We hope to see you at this fabulous event, as we celebrate 10 years of thought-provoking documentaries and community involvement!



4. Its here! The Metabones smart adaptor for the FS100’s. Now you can use your Canon SLR lenses on the Sony FS100. Good news for all of you who have great Canon glass and want to utilize it on our quality Sony FS100 camcorders. All the advantages of the Canon lens with the functional advantage and audio recording capabilities of the FS100




Gulf Island Film and Television School (GIFTS) gift certificates for MediaNet members

GIFTS is offering two $497.50 Gift certificates to MediaNet members for use at their

Producer’s 2 week intensive workshop, September 24 -October 5.

The workshop is designed to advance the skills and knowledge of GIFTS alumni and those

with similar experience, who are pursuing careers as independent media producers/ filmmakers.


The Gift Certificates can be claimed at the MediaNet office.

For more information, please go to the GIFTS website:


See what’s coming up at MediaNet on The MediaNet Programs Blog






David Simmond’s screen actors’ studio

845 Fisgard St, Victoria B.C.

Ph: 250-595-1339.


Adult Spring Programs and Young Adult Summer Camps / e:





Movie Monday


6:30 pm Monday 17 Sep 2012, 94 min

To Make A Farm, 74 min, 2011


To Make A Farm asks: What might the future of local food and farming look like? This beautifully photographed documentary explores of the lives of five young people who have decided to become small-scale farmers.


VIFF calls To Make A Farm “exceptionally hopeful, giving us a close-range view of humanity along with a detailed portrayal of the nuts and bolts of agriculture.”Pg lots more at the official site (it’s Canadian!)


We’ll have some DVD copies for sale ($20) And local farmers Jim and Catherine Gowans will be with us to fill us in on the ‘agonies and ecstasies’ of small farming locally. see Omnivore Acres on Facebook.





6:30 pm Monday 24 Sep 2012

Rainman, 133 min, 1988


This classic film is well worth a revival on our big screen. Made 24 years ago when we were all much younger, when Tom Cruise was just a sharp young actor, and Dustin Hoffman was taking real chances as a character actor and most of us knew little about autism. Charlie, a sharp, egotistical yuppie finds his father has left him only a car and a few rose bushes while the expected estate has gone to a brother he didn’t know existed. It’s a solid, entertaining film with lots to talk about. R



Movies are shown on a 12′ screen in the Eric Martin Pavilion in the 1900 block of Fort St. Admission by donation! Pop & popcorn at ridiculously low prices. See:



The Canadian First Weekend Club


Great Canadian Film – It’s out there!

Through Q&A’s with filmmakers and actors, contests, premiere parties, advance screenings, film alerts, and much more, First Weekend Club encourages members to attend opening weekend screenings in order to keep Canadian films in theatres longer.

Currently, First Weekend Club has branches in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Victoria, Ottawa, Halifax, Montreal, and continues to expand into other cities across the country.


Canadian films coming to theatres:  Take This Waltz, Coast Modern, United States of Africa and more!



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



Next Deadline: September 30, 2012




The 26th Images Festival will take place 11-20 April 2013!

ON SCREEN FILM/VIDEO for films and videos presented in the cinema :

Deadline: 31 October 2012

*A separate call with forms and guidelines will be posted later this summer.




Deadlines are as follows:

Late postmark deadline: September 24th, 2012

WAB Extended Deadline: October 2nd, 2012





The highly popular festival is set for March 7-10, 2013

Deadline: September 15, 2012




Notice to Canadian creators of all ages and disciplines: submit an original film or video of 3 minutes or less for the chance to win a cash prize and access to OBORO’s New Media Lab equipment and studios!

Deadline: Friday, September 14, 2012




1-9 February 2013

25th International Competition

Deadline: October 14, 2012









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