MEDIANET NEWS April 3, 2014

Coming up: The Community Arts Council and MediaNet present an introduction to copyright workshop for Visual and Media Artists, April 11; MediaNet’s Youth Video Summer Camps – Registration opens April 9; OPEN CINEMA nominated for a social media award!; OPEN CINEMA Presents Ghosts in the Machine, April 23; MediaNet’s Cinema Salon Presents Elysium, April 24; MediaNet’s Spring Workshops; MediaNet upgrading computer system to Mavericks; New video work by Lliam Hildebrand; Call for Submissions from the IMAA website; Finding Vivian Maier at Cinecenta tonight


1. Introduction to Copyright workshop for Visual and Media Artists

Friday April 11, 3:30pm – 5pm 

at the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria, Cedar Hill Recreation Centre, 3220 Cedar Hill Rd.

The event is free, but please go to Eventbrite to reserve a spot

MediaNet and the CACGV are co-hosting a workshop on copyright led by lawyer and copyright expert Martha Rans.

With the massive amount of media being easily shared digitally, how do we know what’s fair to use or what others can use of ours?

For more information on the workshop, email the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria:


2. MediaNet’s Youth Video Summer Camps

MediaNet will be running two youth filmmaking camps this summer. Registration is through Saanich Parks and Rec and will start on April 9. Space is limited. You can download the Saanich Summer guide on Monday the 7th of April for registration details.

The workshops run from July 7-10 and July 14-18. The classes are from 10am to 4pm

1. Introduction to Video Expression

No experience necessary

A one week introductory video creation program for youth 11 to 14.

July 7 to 10

This week long introductory is a hands on video-making program. Youth will learn to express themselves using documentary, narrative and stop motion techniques and by creating their own video they will come to understand how media works to influence our lives and actions.

2. Creative Media Expression 

No experience necessary

A two week program for youth 15 to 18.

July 14 to 18 and 21 to 25

The goals of this two week program are to give youth the ability to effectively tell their stories using a variety of video techniques and to enhance their critical understanding and appreciation of how media influences our lives and beliefs. Visiting artists will demonstrate and work with the youth to provide a variety of viewpoints, styles and techniques in documentary and personal storytelling.


3. OPEN CINEMA nominated for a Social Media Award!

OPEN CINEMA has been nominated for a Social Media Award in the Non-Profit category.

This spring we have launched the Connect the Docs series, multi-city hybrid events connecting screening venues across the country and incorporating the use of social media and live streaming of events. More about the Connect the Docs

The online voting has begun – each person can vote once a day until April 9, when voting closes. So far we’re in the lead!

Please go the following link to vote — and please, share with your networks!


4. OPEN CINEMA Presents The Ghosts in Our Machine

April 23 at the Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad St.

Doors: 5:30pm

Screening: 7pm

Suggested donation $10-$20

This event is part of OPEN CINEMA’s Connecting the Docs series, and will be filmed in Victoria and Toronto. The Victoria event is being sponsored by Victoria Vegan Fest

A film by Liz Marshall, featuring photographer Jo-Anne McArthur

Produced by Nina Beveridge and Liz Marshall

About the film:

With the exception of our companion animals and a few wild or stray species within our environments, we experience animals daily as food, clothing, animal tested goods and entertainment, a moral dilemma that is often hidden from view. This cinematic documentary illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world.


DAVE SHISHKOFF, Victoria Vegan Fest; LESLEY FOX, Assoc. For the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals, MANEESHA DECKHA, UVic Assoc. Professor, Faculty of Law.

For more information on the event, please go to the event page on our website:


5. MediaNet’s Cinema Salon Presents a screening of Elysium

6:30 Thursday April 24 at the Main Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library

Free to attend

Interested in discussions about classical and contemporary cinema? MediaNet and the Greater Victoria Public Library are collaborating on the Cinema Salon, a monthly screening series with guest lecturers and public discussion.

On April 24, Lianne McLarty, Film Studies Professor at Uvic, will speak about utopias/dystopias in relation to the film Elysium.

Elysium was Directed by Neill Blomkamp, who also Directed District 9.

Watch a trailer:

To register for this event, please go to the Library’s Programs and Events Calendar

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6. MediaNet’s Spring Workshops

Please Note: With the exception of Introduction to lights and lighting, all of our spring workshops are FULL. 

If you are interested in registering for this class, please contact  or

Intro to MN lights and basic lighting  Sat April 12, 2 to 5 pm. MediaNet. Kirk Schwartz.  An introduction to basic lighting techniques and familiarization with MN’s lighting kits including the new CF based soft boxes, our portable lights and the traditional Arries and Selecons



MediaNet upgrading to Mavericks

Members Please Note

Over the Easter long weekend ( April 18-21) all medianet computers will be upgraded to Mavericks, the current Mac operating system. Most changes will hardly be noticeable. BUT there are SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO FCP X. If you have a project in FCP X ensure that you back it up and that you check with Kirk before you restart your project!


Healing Walk from Victoria to Ottawa – a new video by Lliam Hildebrand

MediaNet member Lliam Hildebrand has made a video about James Taylor’s walk to Ottawa for the closing ceremonies of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

For the video, and to find out more about the project:





The Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) has a fabulous website containing calls for video and film submissions, classes and residencies:


Call for Submissions, Asinabka Festival 2014, Ottawa

Deadline May 12

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.



Telefilm Canada

Micro-Budget Production Program: Funding of micro-budget feature films from emerging filmmakers – Main component and Aboriginal Component

This program targets emerging Canadian talent, supporting them in the production and promotion of their first feature-length film, with an emphasis on the use of digital platforms for marketing, distribution and audience engagement.

For more information:



David Simmon’s Screen Actors Studio

845 Fisgard St, Victoria B.C.

Ph: 250-595-1339. / e:



Tonight – April 3 Cinecenta presents Finding Vivian Maier

7:00 and 8:45 pm

for more info

Vivian Maier took hundreds of thousands of photographs and made dozens of 8-mm movies before her death at 83 in 2009. Yet virtually none of this output had been seen by anyone during her reclusive, elusive lifetime spent mostly working as a nanny. She seems to have made no attempt to ever show her exceptional street pictures — most of them shot in black-and-white during the 1950s and 1960s with a Rolleiflex camera — to magazines, galleries or even acquaintances. Maier had a particular eye for not only composition but also the absurdities of life, with her photos reminiscent of the best work of American big-city shutterbugs like Weegee, Robert Frank and Diane Arbus.


Movie Monday

6:30 pm Monday 7 Apr 2014

Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives, 2012, 95 min

Birth Story celebrates Ina May Gaskin and her spirited friends, who began delivering each other’s babies in 1970. “Warm, spirited and occasionally slathered in goo, “Birth Story” is a celebratory tribute to the endangered art of midwifery and its most influential practitioner, Ina May Gaskin. A disarming example of documentary filmmaking that stakes out an opinion with plain-spoken, commonsensical wisdom, this insightful effort from directors Sara Lamm and Mary Wigmore doubles as a defense of natural childbirth and an affectionate look back at the movement’s ’70s countercultural roots.” more ~ trailer.

with guest Eva Bild, Mothering Touch Childbirth Educators – Lamaze-Certified childbirth educators, breastfeeding educators and DONA-trained doulas


6:30 pm Monday 14 Apr 2014

Good Ol’ Freda, 86 min, 2012

Freda Kelly was just a shy Liverpudlian teenaged fan when she was asked to work for a local band hoping to make it big. Though she had no concept of how far they would go, Freda had faith in The Beatles from the beginning, and The Beatles had faith in her.

Freda remained a staple in the Beatles’ world for 11 years because of her unfaltering loyalty and dedication. As the Beatles’ devoted secretary and friend, Freda was there as history unfolded; she was witness to the evolution – advances and setbacks, breakthroughs and challenges – of the greatest band in history.

In Good Ol’ Freda, Freda tells her stories for the first time in 50 years. The film offers an insider perspective on the beloved band that changed the world of music. Freda has a refreshing integrity that is uncommon in our tell-all celebrity world. Pg13 more.


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: Watermark, Down River, The Husband and more!


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