MEDIANET NEWS March 21, 2013

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

(250) 381-4428


MediaNet is located at #110, 2750 Quadra St. 

Victoria BC

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In this Newsletter:


1. OPEN CINEMA presents Elemental, April 24

2. MediaNet’s Saturday Spring Workshops 

3. Member’s news – Richard Boyce launches Indiegogo Campaign

4. Around Town 



1. Coming Up at OPEN CINEMA


Our Season 10 Finale and Fundraiser!


On April 24, we will be screening the documentary Elemental, in partnership with Sierra Club BC.


This award-winning documentary tells the story of three people united by their deep connection to nature 

and driven to confront the ecological challenges of our time.


Featuring a post-screening discussion with: Briony Penn, environmental activist, writer, educator; Jesse Baltutis, POLIS

Water Sustainability Project and Caitlyn Vernon, Sierra Club BC.


Join the conversation virtually via #opencinema Tweetchat!

The discussion will also be livestreamed on our website.


We are looking for items for our silent auction. If you have something that you would like to contribute,

please contact us at




2. MediaNet’s Saturday Spring Workshops

Please note: Some of the dates have been changed


All workshops take place at the MediaNet office, #110 – 2750 Quadra St.


Please note: We have added Keyframing into the Intro workshops for Final Cut Pro X and 

Premiere Pro to create more comprehensive and streamlined workshops.


April 6, 11am-5pm – Getting Started in Final Cut Pro X (with Keyframing) – FULL – get on the waitlist

April 13, 11am-5pm – Getting Started in Premiere Pro (with Keyframing) (free for members)

April 27, 11am-2pm – Introduction to imovie (free for members)


New Date: May 4, 11am-3pm – Introduction to Encore (DVD/ BluRay burning) (members $10)


To register, contact Kirk or Catlin at



3. Members


MediaNet member Richard Boyce launching an Indiegogo Campaign for documentaries on Pipeline


Tomorrow is WORLD WATER DAY and I’m honour it by launching my next media campaign

There’s very little time left before the Harper government plans to approve the Enbridge Corporation’s Northern Gateway Pipeline Project in early 2014. This plan includes hundreds of supertankers navigating through the inside passage along the central coast of British Columbia, loaded with millions of barrels of Alberta Tarsands Bitumen for export to China.

This is one of the most pressing environmental issue of our time. These coastal waters are intense, the shorelines extremely rugged, and the environment extremely diverse. Before deciding its future people deserve to see more than animated TV ads, with glass calm waters absent of a maze of islands, produced by the Enbridge Corporation which is spending $350 million promoting its project.  My media project will reveal the reality of this incredible environment and I need your help to complete it. More details:

I’m taking an innovative approach to this media production by producing a series of short ‘mini-docs’ that I will post on the internet to meet pressing public deadlines, which will be combined to complete a full length documentary. I’ve started a fund raising campaign via Indiegogo to cover the production cost of the first ‘mini-doc,’ which needs to be released prior to the BC Election May 14, 2013

Please join me by donating and help spread this message by forwarding to friends. 






Cowboy Smithx to show work at First Peoples House, April 9


Filmmaker Cowboy Smithx will be screening work as a part of a crowd funding campaign at the University of Victoria’s

First People’s House on April 9 from 6-8pm.


He is seeking funds to complete his first feature film “Pensive Times of an Urban Tribe.”


The story is about a group of urban Indigenous people living in Toronto, Canada, who each face extreme situations in their daily lives as they battle their inner and outer demons.A young art student named Sally Black gets the group together to join her writers session and asks permission to share their stories. This becomes a blog site called The Pensive Times.


More information on the project:



Video portraits of the 2013 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts Awards recipients are unveiled.


For the first time, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) partnered to commission Canadian Media artists to create videos that portray the recipients of the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts.


Seven filmmakers were paired with the seven winners and given complete creative control to produce unique videos that celebrate the winner’s achievements and their outstanding contributions to Canadian Culture. The video profiles are works of art in themselves, and as such reveal bits about the artists behind the camera.



The videos can be seen on The Canada Council’s website:




Grant Writing workshop for artists – Vancouver


Saturday, April 6, 2013, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Cineworks [1131 Howe, back lane entrance]

Members: $20, Non-members: $25

REGISTRATION: Please call 604.685.3841 or ie-mail


Walter Quan has been a Program Officer at the British Columbia Arts Council for the past 21 years.  He coordinates programs for individuals working in writing, visual and media arts, as well as for Professional Arts Training Organizations.  He is a native of Vancouver, attended UBC in Commerce and Music and has been seen variously with clarinets, knitting projects and handmade candles shaped like sushi.

Peg Campbell has been directing and producing award winning documentaries and narrative films since 1975.  Her films have received international acclaim, winning awards at the Genie’s, Banff International Television Festival, Melbourne Film Festival, Yorkton Short Film Festival, Northwest Film and Video Festival and the Information Film Producers of America. They have been broadcast on CBC, PBS, WTN, A&E, The Movie Channel and educational networks. She is Head of Film, Video + Integrated Media and an Associate Professor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.  

And Don’t Forget: May 31 is the deadline for BCAC’s Project Assistance to Media Artists.







An on-line site for photographers and photojournalists.






Open Space


Charles Campbell’s Transporter

Exhibition March 1 to April 6, 2013



Canada Connections

Pianist Philip Thomas will be joining us to showcase the music of Canadian and British composers. Philip specializes in performing experimental notated and improvised music and is known for his programs that provoke and suggest connections.


The concert on April 12, 2013, at 8:00 p.m. will include works by British composers Christopher Fox and Bryn Harrison and Canadian composers Martin Arnold and Cassandra Miller, as well as Luke by Victoria Symphony’s composer in residence, Michael Oesterle.


Date Friday, April 12, 2013, at 8:00 p.m.

Genre New Music

Event Canada Connections

Artist Philip Thomas (piano)

Place Open Space, 510 Fort Street

Admission General $15, students and members $10

Tickets available at the door (cash only) or in advance at








David Simmond’s screen actors’ studio

845 Fisgard St, Victoria B.C.  

Ph: 250-595-1339. / e:





Movie Monday


6:30 pm Monday 25 March 2013

Winds Of Heaven – Emily Carr, Carvers and The Spirits of The Forest , 87 min, 2010


An impressionistic exploration of the spirit that informed the solitary life of one of Canada’s most celebrated and irrepressible painters. Emily Carr began painting in an era when women didn’t, at an age when most people shouldn’t, traveling to remote locations that few professional adventurers chose to go. Not only did she adopt the painting techniques of modernism, when such ideas were considered dangerous, Carr chronicled the extraordinary art and culture of native peoples, who were invisible to the dominant culture. Pg First in a new series of films about artists at MM. more




7:00 pm Wednesday 27 Mar 2013

Searching For Sugar Man, 2012, 86 min

Music Movie Wednesday!


The opening film at the Sundance Film Festival, this 2012 documentary focuses on the mysterious 1970’s American rock ‘n’ roller, Rodriguez. When a bootleg recording hit apartheid South Africa, he became a phenomenon but no one knew what happened to him. The film follows two South African fans who try to find out. Their investigation leads them to a story more extraordinary than any of the myths about their musical hero. Sugarman’s official site ~ trailer 


This is a special event in co-operation with the Friends Of Music Society.


6:30 pm Monday 1 Apr 2013

Wretches & Jabberers, 90 min, 2011


Two men with autism embark on a global quest to change attitudes about disability and intelligence. Determined to put a new face on autism, Tracy Thresher, 42, and Larry Bissonnette, 52, travel to Sri Lanka, Japan and Finland. Growing up, our protagonists were presumed “retarded” and excluded from normal schooling. With limited speech, they both faced lives of social isolation in mental institutions or adult disability centers. When they learnt as adults to communicate by typing, their lives changed dramatically. Their world tour message is that the same possibility exists for others like themselves. more.


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.

Coming to Theatres: Hit n’ Strum, Charlie Zone, Cloudburst and more!



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


Please go to:



Short Film Entry

The Toronto Animated Image Society is seeking independent animated

films, 10 minutes in length or less,

Screening: 7pm, May 11th, 2013 at Cinecycle: 129 Spadina Avenue,

Deadline: 6pm, Friday April 12th, 2013




Deadline: March 22, 2013 by 5pm EST

Photographers working in analogue and/or alternative processes 

are invited to submit work for potential inclusion in “The Dark 

Room 2.0” exhibition. 


Submissions will be accepted only via email to: 



The 14th annual Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival is seeking fiction, documentary, shorts, experimental and animation films

October 9-13, 2013 in Toronto

Deadline: May 20, 2013 and late deadline June 4, 2013 



The second annual Asinabka Festival will be taking place in Ottawa, Ontario, July 24-28, 2013.  The Festival is currently seeking works from independent filmmakers, any film or video that tells First Nations, Métis, or Inuit stories, or focuses on international Indigenous issues, is eligible. Submissions can be in any genre (documentary, drama, animation, experimental etc.) or any length, and must be finished works.  Preference will be given to new works produced within the last two years.

DEADLINE:  Monday, April 29th 2013

Info: Asinabka Festival, 340 Laurier Ave West, PO Box 307, Station A, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 8V3. Contact us: 613-889-9559,, Facebook:, Twitter:!/AsinabkaFest 



Photography / Video Art / Computer Graphics / Architecture / Performing Art

Deadline: February 25, 2013





The NSI Online Short Film Festival is a year-round Canadian short film showcase with new films online each week.

Deadline: Monday, April 1, 2013 at 4:30 p.m




Cannes, France, May 15 to 26, 2013

Short films

Deadline for the 66th Cannes Film Festival (Competition): March 4, 2013

Deadline for the 45th Directors’ Fortnight: March 8, 2013

Deadline for the 52nd Critics’ Week: March 22, 2013




The Reel Youth Film Festival is seeking submissions of short films made by youth 19 years and younger. Reel Youth is a non-profit organization that supports youth to speak about issues they care about through producing and distributing films. Our traveling film festival showcases the best youth-made short films from around the world. It premiers every year at the Vancouver International Film Festival, and then travels to a number of communities around North America, as well as some internationally.

DEADLINE: June 14, 2013




Regent Park Film Festival is Toronto’s only free-of-charge, multi-cultural, film festival dedicated to showcasing the best local and international film and video works. All activities at the Regent Park Film Festival are free-of-charge; we provide free childcare and pay artist fees.

Nov 13 – 16th, 2013

Deadline: Friday, May 10th, 2013 (No Entry Fee)





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