MEDIANET NEWS April 18, 2013

In this Newsletter:

1. 48 Hour Hack-a-thon! April 19-21, Exhibition April 22
2. MediaNet films at Garrick’s Head Pub, April 23
3. OPEN CINEMA’s Fundraiser, featuring Elemental, April 24
4. MediaNet teaching a workshop with VISA, May 25-26
5. MediaNet’s Saturday Spring Workshops
6. Member’s news
7. Around Town

1. 48 Hour Hack-a-thon!
This weekend! April 19-21

April 22 Exhibition of Hackathon works 6pm-10pm @ Intrepid Theatre Club,
2-1609 Blanshard St

Make interactive devices! A 48 hour Hack-a-thon for environmental ideas.
Open to all artists, engineers, techies, hackers and everyone in between.

A joint event hosted by Medianet and Makerspace

Victoria Makerspace


Making Teams
April 19th 6 -10pm @ OneNetMarketing (733 Johnson Street)

April 20-21st 9am – midnight
@OneNetMarketing & OddFellows

Exhibit (Open to the Public)
April 22nd 6pm-10pm @ Intrepid Theatre
Exhibit – Open to the public


$20 for MediaNet or Makerspace members or students, $40 for all others.


To register as an individual or a group via MediaNet call: 250-381-4428 or email

2. MediaNet screening at Garrick’s Head Pub
April 23, 8-9pm
1140 Government St (near Bastion Square)

MediaNet, in partnership with Open Space and Garrick’s Head, will be screening works by MediaNet members
at Garrick’s Head Pub on Tuesday, April 23 between 8-9pm.

Works include:

Richard Raxlen – Mumbles and Everything Reminds Me of My Dog
Janet Rogers – Just Watch
Scott Amos – Primordial Soup
Morgan Tams – Killer’s Crossing
Carolyn Doucette – Little Plank Walk
Pamela Millar – Blue Minute Bridge
Constance Cook – Anarchist’s Footwear
Paul Whittington – L19 Disposed
Alejandro Valbuena – Caffeine

come by, grab food or beverages, and support MediaNet!

3. OPEN CINEMA’s 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.

Get on the Doc Bus!

This summer, OPEN CINEMA founder and Director Mandy Leith will be traveling across Canada to plant the seeds of a Nation-wide Documentary Network.

OPEN CINEMA has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo for Get on the Doc Bus, and the project has been covered in the Times Colonist!

Please help us spread the word. Please tell your friends, forward this email or share on social media. Any support you can offer this project is greatly appreciated!

Here’s the 3 minute video:

And here’s the Times Colonist article:

4. MediaNet to teach a workshop through the Vancouver Island School of Art
Saturday May 25 and Sunday, May 26

Surrealist Videomaking Workshop

In this workshop, you will learn how to make your own Surrealist video!
Using cameras, lights and effects programs, you will film and edit a short work.
This fun and creative workshop is a chance to explore and let your imagination run free! There will be an in-class screening of completed projects at the end of the workshop.


An introduction to Surrealist films
overview of equipment
discussion of story structure
shoot your project

introduction to basics of editing
Editing of projects
Class screening!
To register, or for more information, please go to the VISA website:

5. MediaNet’s Saturday Spring Workshops

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

May 4, 11am-3pm – Introduction to Encore (DVD/ BluRay burning)

To register, contact Kirk or Catlin at

6. Members

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

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.


Dancing with the Octopus launches Indiegogo campaign

Dancing Backwards: Let’s Get Canada’s Political Women into History is an educational pilot project using student-created media storytelling to inspire young girls and boys to engage in politics, embrace leadership, and exercise their right to vote.

How you can help:

1. Watch our short video:

2. Donate something/anything – this is the power of crowd-funding! No matter how small your donation – it all adds up helping us reach our goal. And Enjoy your perks!

3. Share the link with friends and colleagues and and help to spread the word to all of on social media.

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:



Film a Documentary About Inclusive Dance in East Asia!

Opportunity for Filmmaker
To celebrate 25 years of DanceAbility International, we are looking for a filmmaker, or Director of Photography/camera-person to document our trip to Mongolia, Indonesia, and the Philippines!

As a small nonprofit organization, DanceAbility Interntational does not have money to pay a fee to a filmmaker. He/she will be responsible for all related expenses. However, we have launched a $5,000 Kickstarter campaign. We feel confident we can meet this goal. The funds raised will go to the filmmaker to offset travel expenses and for a possible honorarium (small fee).

For more information:



Open Space

Vertical Gallery

Camosun College and Open Space present Vertical Gallery, an exhibition by two dynamic emerging artists selected by local visual artist Charles Campbell.Canada Connections

Opening: Friday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m.
Exhibition: continues to Saturday, May 4


David Simmond’s screen actors’ studio
845 Fisgard St, Victoria B.C.
Ph: 250-595-1339. / e:


Movie Monday

6:30 pm Monday 22 Apr 2013
Westwind: The Vision Of Tom Thomson, 95 min, 2012
with producer Nancy Lang

How did an illustrator, whose favourite pastime was fishing, find within himself the passion and confidence to portray Ontario’s lakes, rivers, trees and skies with glorious colour and energy as no one had before? This is a truly remarkable film that explores the life and mystery of Thomson’s death, the brilliant legacy of his paintings and the glorious landscapes that inspired his work. Pg

This will be our first Bluray hi-def presentation, required to show off this gorgeous production at it’s best!

I’m thrilled to have producer Nancy Lang coming from Toronto to present this film. Westwind website

A Drummers Dream, 2010, 84 min
Music Movie Wednesday!

A rare and unique assembly of some of the greatest drummers in the world come together to share their explosive talent, passion, creativity and humour with forty students at a drumming retreat for an incredible week of music and camaraderie.

Playing everything from rock, jazz, Latin fusion, sou, the overriding philosophy of these musicians is driven by love, compassion and joy of life. At the end of the film you will be tapping the rhythms that live within us all and the positive energy these masters display will continue to pulse through you for days to come. more ~ trailer

This is a special event in co-operation with the Friends Of Music Society.
6:30 pm Monday 29 Apr 2013
Life Of Pi, 127 min, 2012

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger. Absolutely stunning visuals and much to discuss about the meaning of this tale. Brian Bethune of Maclean’s “[a] head-scratching combination of dense religious allegory, zoological lore and enthralling adventure tale, written with warmth and grace” Pg 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, Mad Ship, Home Again and more!


More Submissions to other Media Arts Centers, festivals, projects and residencies are posted on the on-line version of the newsletter.

Please go 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

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)

Call for Indigenous Media Art Submissions | VICTORIA, BC
Deadline: May 1st, 2013
Indigenous media artists are invited to submit video and audio works for consideration in the 2014 Two Worlds: Indigenous Media and Performance Festival in Victoria, BC. Artists fees will be paid based on IMAA and/or CARFAC rates. Plans are in the works for media art and performance programming with new venue partner, OPEN SPACE. Mohawk artist Janet Rogers is curating again this year. Two Worlds Media and Performance Festival will look at the intersection of tradition and technology by Indigenous artists. Content of media work is open, however programming will be shaped by re-occurring themes found in the submissions. The 2014 Two Worlds Media and Performance Festival plans to provide a space for individual and collective artist panels, audio installations, performance that utilizes media and a music event. Please send media samples of the work (web links are preferred), along with your name, address, and a short bio, by May 1st to:
Selected artists will be notified by May 10th. Selected artists will be included in the Two Worlds funding proposal due May 15th. If sending a DVD copy of your work, please mail it to arrive by May 1st to: TWO WORLDS, c/o MediaNet, #110 – 2750 Quadra, Victoria, BC, V8T 4E8

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