MEDIANET NEWS February 20, 2014

Coming Up at MediaNet:  MediaNet’s Cinema Salon Presents Black and White, February 25;Crossing Terrain – Jon Sasaki and Jodie Mack at the Art Gallery; Up Next at OPEN CINEMA: My Prairie Home, March 26; Members’ News – Constance Cooke premieres her new work, Argon, February 21-22; Around Town – IMAA Media Arts prize


1. MediaNet’s Cinema Salon Presents Black and White

6:30 Tuesday February 25 at the Main Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library

Free to attend


MediaNet and the Greater Victoria Public Library are collaborating on the Cinema Salon, a monthly screening series with guest lecturers and public discussion.


On February 25, Victoria’s Poet Laureate Janet Rogers will talk about the film Black and White

“A group of white high school teens become involved with Harlem’s black hip-hop crowd.”


About Janet Rogers

A Mohawk writer from the Six Nations band in southern Ontario, Janet Rogers was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and has resided in Victoria since 1994. A published and award-winning poet, she works in the genres of poetry, short fiction, spoken word performance poetry, video poetry and recorded poems with music and scriptwriting.


For information on future Cinema Salon events, contact Catlin 250-381-4428 or

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2. Crossing Terrain

at the LAB Gallery at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1040 Moss St.


Jon Sasaki (Toronto)

Feb 12-March 3 

The Destination and The Journey, and A North American Practice Exported Elsewhere


Jodie Mack (Chicago)

March 7-30

Posthaste Perennial Pattern, Blanket Statement #1: Home is Where the Heart is, and Undertone Overture



3. Up Next at OPEN CINEMA: My Prairie Home

March 26 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 Connect the Docs series, and will be screened in Victoria and Calgary.

(Connect the Docs


About My Prairie Home:


In Chelsea McMullan’s feature documentary-musical, indie singer Rae Spoon takes us on a playful, meditative and at times melancholic journey. Set against majestic images of the infinite space of the Canadian prairies, the film features Spoon crooning about their queer and musical coming of age. Interviews, performances and music sequences reveal Spoon’s inspiring process of building a life of their own, as a trans person and as a musician.


More info, including speakers, to come!


The on-line conversation has already started. Join the Facebook group to join the conversation about transgender experience, politics and sexual identity:





MediaNet Member Constance Cooke will be premiering her new multi-media dance work Argon

at the Metro Theatre, 1411 Quadra St. on February 21-22


Argon is a modern re-creation story of threat, agitation, and new equilibriums.

Cooke has presented work across Canada, in the United States and in Germany.


Tickets may be purchased at Ticket Rocket


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IMAA Media Arts Prize

Deadline for submission: March 10


Starting in 2014, The National Media Arts Prize will honour a mid-career artist, who is making an exceptional contribution to the sector with a prize of $5000.


Artists must supply proof of their career status through:

-specialized training in the field (academic or non-academic)

-Recognition from peers (i.e. through reference letters)

-history of public presentations


Artists may be nominated by their peers, or self-nominate.


For more information on the prize, and the application form go to




Cinevic’s Short Circuit Short Film Festival


Short Circuit is a festival celebrating the short films of the Pacific Northwest. Filmmakers from BC, the Yukon, Alaska, Washington and Oregon are invited to submit dramatic, experimental or documentary short films (under 20 minutes). Films must have been completed after January 1, 2012.


For an application form, go to the Cinevic website



Cinevic’s Film Slam


Registration – February 21- March 20

For more information go to the Cinevic website



Call for submissions: The Lindalee Tracey Awards for emerging filmmakers

Deadline for submissions: March 14


The Lindalee Tracey Award is presented annually at the Hot Docs International Documentary Film

Festival, held in Toronto each spring. The 2014 award winner will be announced at the Hot Docs awards night on Friday, May 2nd, 2014. The winner will be awarded $5,000 in cash from White Pine, $5,000 in equipment rentals from Technicolor and a beautiful hand-blown glass sculpture by Andrew Kuntz, specially commissioned to honour Lindalee.


This award is for emerging filmmakers only – an artist with less than 3 years training or experience in the media arts.


For more information, contact:


Maxim Gertler-Jaffe

Festivals and Marketing Coordinator

White Pine Pictures

416-703-5580 x237


Accolade Competition: Call for Entries

Deadline March 7


Accolade is an independent, top-tier international film and television awards competition.




The Accolade invites entries from filmmakers, television producers, videographers and new media creators. It is a showcase for cinematic gems and unique voices.


Prizes include In-kind $1500 production studio opportunity


and an In-kind $10,100 post production opportunity


for more information:



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:





Movie Monday


6:30 pm Monday 24 Feb 2014

Here One Day, 75 min, 2012


In 1995, after a 20-year struggle with bipolar disorder, Nina Leichter, a 63-year-old mother of two, Senator’s wife, took her own life. Sixteen years would pass before her daughter Kathy felt ready to listen to delve into her story. She found a sometimes difficult marriage, her sadness over her estrangement from her son, and her difficulties with mental illness. Audio recordings her mother left would ultimately form the backbone of this extraordinarily moving documentary. Driven by the need to understand and forgive Nina, and to explore the repercussions of her mother’s illness and death on her family, Kathy’s journey leads ultimately to a place of acceptance and letting-go. Pg13 more or read BP Hope article


Filmmaker Kathy Leichter will phone in for a Q&A from New York City.



Movie Music Wednesday

7:00 pm Wednesday 26 Feb 2014

Ron Hynes: Man of a Thousand Songs, 2010, 90 min


Here’s a totally intriguing portrait of a Canadian icon, as told by himself and his intense and articulate nephew novelist Joel Thomas Hynes. It’s been a 35 year long and winding road, with failed relationships, battles with an alter ego and drugs – a turbulent life in search of the perfect song. “Sonny’s Dream” is one of those. We’ll celebrate this NFLDer’s recent recovery from a serious bout of throat cancer. Pg details ~ view a Trailer or listen to a Nov 2013 interview


This is a special event in co-operation with the Friends Of Music Society.




6:30 pm Monday 3 Mar 2014

Marion Bridge, 90 min, 2002


Three estranged sisters reunite to care for their dying mother and old conflicts and secrets return to the surface. It’s an entertaining drama set in Nova Scotia that broaches topics like sibling rivalry, addiction, family secrets and relationships – starring Molley Parker, Rebecca Jenkins, Stacy Smith, introducing Ellen Page, written by Daniel MacIvor. Pg13 trailer or read a Review. Printable event poster


In collaboration UVic’s IdeaFest 2014 – The Centre for Addictions Research of BC.


Guest presenters include Cecilia Benoit, Scientist CARBC, Professor of Sociology, Uvic; Rachel Philips, Postdoctoral fellow CARBC; Lenora Marcellus, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Uvic.




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: Fly Colt Fly, Rhymes for Young Ghouls, No Clue and more!



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