MEDIANET NEWS December 5, 2013

Coming Up at MediaNet:MediaNet’s Christmas Party – December 19, 4:30-6:30pm; Crossing Terrain screening series – Richard Raxlen, December 13 – January 12; OPEN CINEMA’s next event – Island Green, January 29; MediaNet presents the Cinema Salon series, Jan 30-May 22; MediaNet and the ICA present Through the Lens youth workshop – January -March; Around Town 

Please Note:- MediaNet will be closed on Saturdays until the New Year. Kirk will be away from Saturday December 14 until Wednesday January 15

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


1. 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 then!



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. OPEN CINEMA wishes everyone a Happy Holiday!


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!




4. 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.



5. MediaNet and Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria

Through the Lens: Immigrant Youth Perspectives 

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








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.




Columbia Basin Trust

Request for Qualifications: Graphic Designers, Web Designers, Photographers and Videographers

CBT will require a number of qualified graphic designers, website designers, videographers and photographers for upcoming projects in 2013 through 2015. CBT is seeking to develop an ongoing relationship with qualified respondents who have the capacity for quick turnaround on projects and who can deliver to high professional standards.

Click here to view the Request for Qualifications.

Deadline: December 12, 2013, 3 p.m. PT


Megan Catalano





YoungCuts Film Festival


The YoungCuts Film Festival (est. 2001) and Submission Service is now accepting submissions from filmmakers around the world aged 29 and under, for both its 2014 Film Festival and its new submission service.

YoungCuts accepts all genres of short films, including animation, narrative, documentary, experimental, teen and music video. Films must be 29 minutes or less and completed after January 1, 2012.

To submit:



Dawson City International Short Film Festival


Deadline for submissions: December 13.


Among the most northern competitive film festivals in the world, the Dawson City International Short Film Festival has been showing short films of all genres every Easter weekend since 2000. The festival also included special events such as master classes with exciting guests, meet and greets, workshops, filmmaking challenges and awards.


Postmarked snail mail entry form or enter through

Be part of our 15th festival!




Youth  ‘Actorvists’ Wanted for Social Justice Theatre Workshop

Deadline for submissions is December 13 



To celebrate International Development Week 2014, the BC Council for International Cooperation and Street Spirits Theatre Company are hosting a social justice theatre workshop on Saturday, January 18th 2014. 


We are seeking young people, ages 12-25, who are actively involved in groups or on projects that address local and/or global issues, to participate in this workshop. Participants will work with professional actors to create a theatre performance about global issues, such as poverty, food security, education, gender equality, or environmental concerns. No acting experience necessary and there is no pressure to perform- participants can choose only to workshop if they wish. This event will be filmed and also provides an opportunity for youth to promote the groups and projects they are affiliated with.


The workshop is 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, January 18th 2014 at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre located at 1607 East Hastings Street, Vancouver BC.


If you would like to participate, or would like to register a young person on their behalf, please email with a brief description of how you, or the young person you are registering, are working to make a difference locally and/or globally. Acceptance will be on a first come-first serve basis. Partial travel subsidies may be available to participants travelling from outside the lower mainland.






David Simmon’s Screen Actors Studio

845 Fisgard St, Victoria B.C.

Ph: 250-595-1339. / e:





Movie Monday


short for “Silver Screen Insights Into Mental Health”

7:00 pm, Thursday, Dec 5 Stuart Saves His Family

at: Royal Jubilee Hospital – Patient Care Centre Lecture Theatre – S169 directions

details of the INSIGHTS series


Now US senator Al Franken with a light look at mental health and addiction in a year of his life and family. Humorous but mental health wise – and with a Christmas tie-in at the end. Based on the book by Franken, You’re Good Enough, You’re Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like You and his earnest, neurotic, but lovable Saturday Night Live character Stuart Smalley. more



6:30 pm Monday 9 Dec 2013

Hard Light, 55 min, 2012


This thoughtful NFB film was my introduction to the work of Michael Crummey, a maritime author and poet who plumbs the soul of old-time outport Newfoundland lifestyle. The filmmaker sees something valuable – and even lifesaving for himself – in Crummey’s work and takes us to the centre of it. Not to be missed! Pg13


Meet the filmmaker Justin Simms by phone from Newfoundland. more


6:30 pm Monday 16 Dec 2013

Boy, 87 min, 2010


It’s 1984, and Michael Jackson is king – even in Waihau Bay, NZ. Here we meet Boy, an 11-year-old who lives on a farm with his gran, a goat, and his younger brother, Rocky (who thinks he has magic powers). Having imagined a heroic version of his father during his absence, Boy comes face to face with the real version – an incompetent hoodlum who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years before. The film a charming, funny, and earnest coming-of-age story where everybody has some coming of age to do – particularly the dad. Never short on humour, this story is ultimately about three boys (one grown) reconciling fantasy with reality. Pg 13 more

cast: James Rolleston, Te Aho Eketone-Whitu, Taika Waititi, Moerangi Tihore, Cherilee Martin



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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