MEDIANET NEWS December 19, 2013

Coming Up: Tonight! MediaNet’s Christmas Party – December 19, 4:30-6:30pm at the MediaNet office;  Crossing Terrain –Richard Raxlen at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria December 13 – January 12;  Links to artists from Crossing Channels publication now on Vantage Point; OPEN CINEMA’s next event – Island Green, January 29; MediaNet presents the Cinema Salon series, Jan 30-May 22, 2014; Through the Lens youth workshop – Jan-March 2014; Members News – Rick Raxlen’s Leaving Montreal Behind screening at Cinevic; Around Town – Shape Shifter’s indigenous pop-up shop.

Please Note: MediaNet is closed for the Holidays from December 21-January 6

Happy Holidays everyone!


1. Tonight! MediaNet’s Christmas Party

4:30-6:30pm Thursday November 19

at the MediaNet office, #110 – 2750 Quadra St.


Stop by and enjoy some food and drink as we celebrate the winter season.

Snacks and pop will be available – if you would like something stronger to drink, please byob.


Hope to see you soon!



2. Crossing Terrain Screening Series

LAB gallery at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

1040 Moss St.


Richard Raxlen – December 13 – January 12

Fish Don’t Talk, Song of the Suicide’s Daughter, and Everything Reminds Me of My Dog


Artist talk – January 9, 2014


Rick Raxlen is resolutely experimental as a filmmaker, animator, and visual artist. He is also a mischievous pop culture historian, a vocation that leavens all aspects of his work.

Since 1975 he has worked as an indie filmmaker and video artist and has done pieces for the National Museum of Science and Technology, Minutia Press and other companies. Raxlen has received grants from the Canada Council and BC Cultural Services, produced two features and a number of short animated avant-garde works that have been screened world-wide.


Raxlen believes that film should be more like jazz and create a feeling, sensation, or mood rather than always tell a story. His creative process is borderless: he quite simply takes any and all liberties with sound, film, drawing, and image to create his work. Raxlen’s work has an ineffable power — as if conjured by the lightest touch of life’s pleasures, flavours, moments, anxieties, scents, and hunches.


More information on the Crossing Terrain screening series, a partnership between MediaNet and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria:



3. Links to Crossing Channels artist’s sites posted to Vantage Point


MediaNet’s publication, Crossing Channel: Essays on Contemporary Media Art in British Columbia was published in the summer of 2012.


It contains writings by Jennifer Cane, Marie Prince, Bracken Hanuse-Corlett and Catlin Lewis about media artists, collectives and centres in Vancouver, the Interior, and Victoria. The publication was the inspiration for the Crossing Channels screening series held July- November 2013 at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (followed by the Crossing Terrain series, presently on!)

In preparation for the Crossing Channels ebook, I have included links to works by the artists mentioned in the publication. They can be found on the “Vantage” page on our website:

please note: videos should be right-clicked and opened in a new tab.

I hope you enjoy! We have an amazing number of talented media artists in this province (and in this city!). Here’s an informative way to spend your time on these cold winter nights.


4. Up next at OPEN CINEMA 


We will continue our Season 11 programming with a screening of Island Green on January 29.

This is Episode #6 in our Cinema-in-Season series in collaboration with  FoodRoots and Vancity.


Island Green a lyrical NFB documentary that contemplates the future of farming on the agrarian home province of Prince Edward Island. It is a film that celebrates the work of all farmers, while asking a hopeful question: what if PEI went all-organic? Through the combination of stirring poetry by Tanya Davis, intimate imagery of the bucolic island, and the wise words of some of PEI’s most innovative farmers – Island Green offers a possible way forward for the future of the family farm.


The film will be followed by a discussion about Vancouver Island going 100% organic.


More details and speakers to follow!




5. MediaNet presents the Cinema Salon

A partnership between MediaNet and the Greater Victoria Public Library


Screenings take place at the Main Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library, 735 Broughton St.

The last Thursday of the month, January 30 – May 22, 2014

Free to attend!


Starting January 30, 2014 MediaNet will be holding a Cinema Salon series,

combining a film screening, followed by a presentation by a guest lecturer and group discussion.


The salon will feature films from a variety of genres and locations, such as Canadian cinema, Film Noir, science fiction and Latin American film, and will give audiences a chance to see new works, and to view the classics in new ways.




January 30: Focus on Canadian Film

Robert LePage’s “Triptyque”


February 27: Black History Month

Janet Rogers, Victoria’s Poet Laureate, discusses “Black and White.”


March 27: Film Noir

Peter Sandmark, filmmaker and MediaNet’s Executive Director, discusses “The Blue Dahlia”


April 24: Utopia/Distopia

Lianne McLarty, UVIC Associate Professor of History in Art, discusses “Elysium”


May 22: Latin American Film Night

Dan Russek, UVIC Associate Professor of Hispanic and Italian Studies, and President of The Hispanic Film Society,

speaks about Latin American film.



6. MediaNet and Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria present

Through the Lens: Immigrant Youth Perspectives workshop

The program runs January to March. Youth will meet at the ICA (930 Balmoral Road) every Friday 4-6pm.

Free to Attend!


The Through the Lens program is designed for Middle and High school students (ages 13 – 15) who are newcomers to Canada and have an interest in film-making/ media arts.

The program aims to; address difficult issues youth may face, equip youth with skills such as media literacy; provide youth with anti-bullying strategies; and train youth in film and broadcasting technologies. The program will complete over four days during March break.


Please contact Nadia Alam at



7. Members News


Screening of Rick Raxlen’s Leaving Montreal Behind

Thursday, December 19 at Cinevic, 1913 Lee Ave.

social at 5pm, screening 6ish.


For more information, contact Cinevic  250.389.1590








Shape Shifters — Indigenous Arts Pop-up Shop

Dates: Thursday, December 19, and Friday, December 20, 2014
Location: 1501 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC, at the HQ
Admission: Open and free to the public

For two days only! We invite you to join us this December for a chance to buy artwork by emerging and established Indigenous artists from the Victoria area.

This pop-up shop will highlight artwork by nine local Indigenous artists who are part of the Indigenous Youth Artist Showcase at Open Space ( This exciting group of young artists working in diverse mediums is preparing for an exhibition at Open Space in March 2014. Come check out the pop-up shop for a chance to meet the artists, purchase some of their work (they make fantastic gifts), and even create some artwork alongside them.




Independent Media Arts Alliance Looking for National Director

Application deadline: February 3rd, 2014

Start date: April 1st, 2014

Location: Montreal QC


The IMAA is a member driven non-profit national organization working to advance and strengthen the media arts community in Canada.


The IMAA is looking for someone with experience writing grants who has worked in a non-profit arts environment, who has comprehensive knowledge of the arts in Canada, strong organizational skills, and who is ideally bilingual.


To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV and three references to Kevin Allen, IMAA President: Only short listed candidates will be contacted.






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:




BC Arts Council’s Early Career Development Fund


The BC Arts Council’s Early Career Development Program will help bridge the gap for emerging artists and practitioners, supporting their ability to work as artists and cultural workers, while building their body of work, portfolio, professional exposure and/or career experience through residency, internship and mentorship opportunities. This program is accessible to both individual artists and organizations.  Individuals can apply for the residencies or mentorship components.


The program will support the career development of B.C.-based early career and emerging practitioners through three components:

Component I: Internships
Component II: Residencies
Component III: Mentorships


For the purposes of this program, early career and emerging artists and arts practitioners are defined as artists and practitioners who either:

o Are under the age of 30; or

o Have less than five years professional experience since the completion of basic training in their discipline.



The application deadline is January 20, 2014.  For more information, including program guidelines, application forms and FAQs, please visit the BC Arts Council website at:




Hot Docs Crosscurrents Doc Fund


For filmmakers 35 and under. Deadline for submissions: January 10, 2014


Hot Docs, in partnership with the R & M Lang Foundation, is pleased to announce the CrossCurrents Doc Fund, a new international production fund that aims to foster documentary filmmaking from within communities whose perspectives have been historically underrepresented or marginalized. The Fund will support short and mid-length works by emerging filmmakers who aim to target broad audiences, reach across a range of communities, and encourage understanding and appreciation of unheard voices. Generously established by the R & M Lang Foundation and administered by Hot Docs, the Fund will provide one successful applicant with a grant of $10,000 each year.




Call for entries: win up to $4,000 and Canadian Screen Award perks through the NSI Online Short Film Festival

Canadian short filmmakers have the chance to win up to $4,000 in cash awards and qualify to be nominated for a 2015 Canadian Screen Award through the National Screen Institute’s Online Short Film Festival. Short films are being accepted from now until Monday, February 3, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. CT.


Submit your film:







David Simmon’s Screen Actors Studio

845 Fisgard St, Victoria B.C.

Ph: 250-595-1339. / e:





Movie Monday


6:30 pm Monday 23 Dec 2013

Intouchables, 112 min, 2011 (subtitles)


An irreverent, uplifting comedy about friendship, trust and human possibility, The Intouchables has broken box office records in its native France and across Europe. Based on a true story of friendship between a handicap millionaire (Francois Cluzet) and his street smart ex-con caretaker (Omar Sy), The Intouchables depicts an unlikely camaraderie rooted in honesty and humor between two individuals who, on the surface, would seem to have nothing in common. trailer (Preview).

cast: FranӤois Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot



6:30 pm Monday 30 Dec 2013

Les Miserables, 158 min, 2012


Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Hugh Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Russell Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Anne Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.


It’s gritty but a profound cinematic and musical experience.


Remarkably the actors sang their parts live to the camera with orchestration added later (see featurette )


A great way to see 2013 out! Pg13 official site

cast: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried





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: Empire of Dirt, When Looking Was The Original Sin, All the Wrong Reasons and more!





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