MEDIANET NEWS August 15, 2013

In this Newsletter:Crossing Channels screening series: Grace Salez August 19 – September 1 and Marina Roy artists’ talk, September 13; MediaNet screening at Integrate Arts Fair wrap party, August 24, 1-5pm; MediaNet’s Activate workshop, weekends, September 21 – October 7; Rick Raxlen exhibition opens August 23 at Martin Batchelor Gallery
Around Town – Integrate Art Crawl, August 23-24 at various locations

1. Crossing Channels: Screenings of works by BC Media artists
LAB gallery in the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1040 Moss St.

The Crossing Channels screening series runs from July 18 to November 10. The series spotlights the work of five British Columbia video artists. Each artist will be exhibiting work for approximately 3 weeks. The screening series is based on a publication produced by MediaNet, Crossing Channels: Essays on Contemporary Media Art in British Columbia, available for purchase at MediaNet and the Art Gallery.

Grace Salez August 12 – September 1
Plot 47, Proust Questionnaire, and Sense of Urgency

Marina Roy September 2 – 22
Apartment and One Hundred Years Later

Marina Roy artist’s talk at MediaNet on Friday September 13, 3-5pm
Marina Roy is an experimental animation artist who lives in Vancouver. She will give a talk a demonstration of her work.
see her website
The talk is free to attend.

For more information on the screening series and gallery hours, please go to

2. “Beyond Words” MediaNet screening at Integrate Arts Fair wrap party.

MediaNet will be holding a screening of works by Victoria video artists
at the Integrate Arts Fair “Play on Words” event at the Greater Victoria Public Library
downtown branch from 1-5pm.

The screening will play throughout the afternoon, and will include works by
Rick Raxlen, Kristina Campbell, Grace Salez, Scott Amos, Janet Rogers, Gem Chang-kue, Lance Gilson and Bill Zuk,
and Sue Hallat. All works reference the interplay of language and image through the use of text and/or poetry.

The event is free to attend.
For more information

3. MediaNet’s Activate workshop
Weekends, September 21 -October 7
Cost $150 MediaNet members, $180 public

To register, please contact

Activate schedule

Weekend 1 Sat Sept 21 & Sun 22
Saturday 21 Sept 1-4 pm. Activate orientation and meet
Sun 22 sept 1 – 4 pm. MN Cameras and Equipment

Weekend 2 Sat Sept 28 & Sun 29
Sat 28 Sept 1-4 pm Shooting for the Editor with Anna Malkin (to be confirmed)
Sunday Sept 29 – Video Cinematography & Audio Techniques

Weekend 3 Sat Oct 6 & Sun Oct 7
Sat 6 October – Story Editing – 10 to 5 (participants only)
Sunday Oct 7, 10 – noon – Intro to iMovie
Sunday Oct 7, 1-5 pm Intro to Final Cut Pro X

ACTIVATE drop in Saturdays 1 to 5. MN open 1 to 5 with priority given to Activate Participants.
Oct 12, 19, 26. Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

ACTIVATE screenings: Tues 17 Sept – Best of previous Activate and EcoDoc workshops.

Activate Screening (and MN christmas party) Thursday 5 December

4. Members

Exhibition of works by Rick and Susy Raxlen at Martin Batchelor Gallery
712 Cormorant St.
Opening 7:30- 10:30pm Friday, August 23 as a part of the Integrate Arts Festival
Continues until September 5.
Gallery hours: 10am-5pm Mon – Sat

For more information 250-385-7919

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Inaugural Victoria Flamenco Festival!
Free flamenco in Centennial Square
Victoria Flamenco dancer Monique Salez and company will be performing Fri. 16 at noon & Sat. 17 at 2:45pm. She will also be the featured soloist on Sun. Aug. 18th at 5pm with Vicente Griego, guitarist Gareth Owen, and flamencas Veronica Maguire and Kasandra Flamenco.

Also at the Festival –

VENTANAS! (Toronto) heart-wrenching Flamenco palos; upbeat Bulgarian dance tunes; Greek, Turkish, Sephardic love songs.
Thursday August 15th.
Raino Dance (715 Yates St). Doors at 8:30PM.
Tickets are $20 – at Lyle’s or at the door
Bring a group…get a deal: 4 tickets for $60.
250-508-4670 for group rates and reservations.

For more information on the festival, go to

Open Space

Open Space will be participating in the Integrate Arts Fair.

On August 23, at 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Open Space’s current artist-in-resident, Tanya Doody, will perform Moment + Memento at 510 Fort Street. During this presentation, Doody will use clay tablets as evidence of passing encounters between the audience’s and artist’s interactions. In conjunction with Doody’s performance, Open Space will also be hosting an exquisite corpse participartory public art piece, where each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence to produce one collaborative mural. Open Space will also provide cash bar alcohol and free snacks.

On August 24, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Open Space will participate in the “Play on Words” Literary Fair. Located at Central Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library on 735 Broughton St., “Play on Words” will be showcasing independent and small literary based groups, who will be selling their works. Open Space will present its house publications as well as its fall season of upcoming exhibition and residencies.

more information


REEL PRIDE film festival

The REEL PRIDE film festival will be celebrating its twenty-sixth year in Winnipeg, October 15th to 20th, 2013. This year we are pleased to celebrate our 10th year of hosting a juried competition for short films! All films will be screened by the festivals advisory committee and through this jury process films will be qualified for our Canadian GLBTTQ* Short Films Competition.

Films must be mailed to: REEL PRIDE – Short Film Competition
C/O Gas Station Arts Centre
445 River Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3L 0C3

Email inquiries can be directed to:

SFU’s We Are BC

“We Are BC,” is a crowdsourced, user-generated film by and for BC’s residents on how each of us affects and is affected by B.C.’s economy.
Here is a great opportunity to showcase what you do video-wise and otherwise while adding your voice to an important province-wide dialogue on the current and future state of BC’s economy. Submit an unedited 30-second video clip and you could appear in the We Are BC film as a “co-director.”
Win a $500 Peoples’ Choice award and have your video showcased on a We Are BC legacy website.

For more information:


Call for Submissions – National Screen Institute

Call for short films. $4000 available to be won.

More information


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


Movie Monday

6:30 pm Monday 19 Aug 2013
Any Day Now, 97 min, 2012
Looking For Richard has been postponed until September

Inspired by a true story and touching on legal and social issues that are more relevant now than ever, Any Day Now tells a story of love, acceptance, and creating your own family. In the late 1970s, when Marco (Isaac Leyva), a teenager with down syndrome who’s been abandoned by his mother, is taken in by committed couple Rudy (Alan Cumming) and Paul (Garret Dillahunt), he finds in them the family he’s never had. But it’s rocky road, as it’s not cool to be an adopting gay couple. Paul’s a closeted lawyer but Rudy happens to be drag queen/gay bar performer with a fair bit of ‘attitude’. R official site or read a review
cast: Alan Cumming, Rudy Donatello, Garret Dillahunt, Isaac Leyva, Frances Fisher, Gregg Henry, Jamie Anne Allman Jamie Anne Allman

6:30 pm Monday 26 Aug 2013
Strangers In Town, 43 min, 1988

Strangers In Town is a documentary about people with albinism.

It considers both the medical and social aspects of living with both visible and hidden differences and challenges the prejudices and misconceptions people hold about things they don’t understand. It’s a universal story of being different in this “strive to be normal world”, coping with disability and finding your place. Personalities appearing in the film include extraordinary American blues guitarist Johnny Winter who, along with his younger musician bro, is one of those “strangers”. Pg

We’ll update this doc with guests: Ottawa-based maker of Strangers In Town, Lois Siegel. Lois is a photographer, filmmaker, casting director, writer, professor, and musician. Siegel was named one of the Capital City’s Top 50: People who are shaping the future of the National Capital, by Ottawa Life Magazine, 2002. Siegel’s film STUNT PEOPLE (featuring four generations of the Fournier family) won a 1990 Genie Award: Best Short Documentary from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. She teaches Video Production at the University of Ottawa.

We’ll start out the evening with a look at highlights of Lois’s photography career, a short film about Rev Ken Gray, Sight Unseen, of Colwood’s Church Of The Advent and “Legally Blind Photographer”, about him (see his photos) and Susan Engel, Low Vision Specialist at CNIB.

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: The Ghosts in Our Machine, Still Mine, Blackbird and more!


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