MEDIANET NEWS February 6, 2014

Coming Up at MediaNet: Pacific People’s Partnership Presents Isolated, Febrary 13; Crossing Terrain – brunch and conversation with John Sasaki, February 9; Scott Amos’ Metaville at the Victoria Film Festival, February 7-14; Cinema Salon: Black and White, February 25; Nicole Sorochan talks about Transmedia, February 18; Members News – camera person and editors sought; Around Town – Victoria Film Festival, February 7-14


1. Pacific People’s Partnership Presents Isolated

February 13 at the Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad St.

Doors: 6:30pm

Screening: 7pm 

In partnership with MediaNet and Pedalling for Papua

Tickets: $10 advance or $15 at the door. Tickets may be purchased through Eventbrite

The feature documentary Isolated follows elite world surfers on a journey to find remote waves around the islands of Indonesia, where they discover West Papua and its human rights atrocities, unethical mining corporations, and political injustice. Isolated raises the issue of international controversy and sparks the opportunity of change to save lives through its Isolated Ambassador for Peace Campaign.

Jeremy Bally of Pedalling for Papua has travelled by bicycle from Victoria to Saint John’s Newfoundland to spread the word about the issues in West Papua. Jeremy will be at the event on Thursday night,

Lunch and Learn

February 13 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm at the Harry Hickman Building, Room 110, University of Victoria. 

Free Event!

Join Jeremy Bally, Isolated Producer Geoff Clark and PPP’s Todd Biderman for an information session about West Papua.


2. Crossing Terrain

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

Jon Sasaki

Feb 12-March 3 The Destination and The Journey, and A North American Practice Exported Elsewhere

February 9 1pm-3pm brunch and conversation with John Sasaki

Toronto based artist Jon Sasaki works in a range of disciplines, producing objects. installations, interventions, and performance-for-video. While he borrows the idea driven strategies of Conceptual Art, his work invites response on an emotional level, mixing humour and pathos, often with gently antagonistic results. His work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions as well as in several  editions of Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, and his solo exhibition Good Intentions toured extensively throughout Canada.

View his website:


3. Scott Amos’ Metaville at the Victoria Film Festival

February 7 – 14 at the Interactivity Board Game Cafe, 723 Yates St.

Contained within a life-size version of the familiar childhood board game Operation, is MetaVille, a stop-motion animated film that is part coming-of-age, part aphorism, part confessional, and as fragmented and unreliable as the memories it contains. MetaVille works by using large tweezers to pull out various artifacts from the body without touching the sides. The catch? If the game is played perfectly, then the videos never play. In oder to see the films, you have to cause the artist pain. Don’t worry. He won’t feel a thing.


4. Cinema Salon: Black History Month

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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5. Net2Vic: The Art of Transmedia Storytelling – Creating Story Worlds Across Platforms

A talk by Nicole Sorochan.

Tuesday February 18

at NetSquared Victoria, 2659 Douglas St.

Suggested donation $5

What does “Transmedia” really mean? And how can non-profits, brands and artists use transmedia methodology to tell great stories and help build and excite new audiences across multiple platforms?


6. Members’ News

MediaNet member looking for experienced filmmaker/camera person/ editor

Richard Swinden is looking for an experienced filmmaker/camera person/ editor to help with a project through Business Victoria, filming 3 testimonials from individuals in their EntreActive program for Entrepreneurs with disabilities Project to start ASAP. Contact Richard at


MediaNet member looking for someone to help with compositing/ green screen

MediaNet member Kym Hines is looking for help with compositing, luma keys, motion effects and green screening for his video project. Call Kym at 778-265-4045


MediaNet member looking for video editor

looking for a video editor with some equIpment and some experience to edit

some short pieces of animation…some pay involved…would prefer to work in your edit space if possible


contact rick raxlen at





Victoria Film Festival February 7-16, 2014

The Victoria Film Festival is back for another year of feature films, shorts and documentaries from Canada and abroad.

Tickets and info:

Victoria Film Fest is offering $15 off sessions of their “In Conversation With…” featuring talks by Atom Egoyan, Don McKellar, Bob Martin, Guy Maddin, Drew Taylor and Ken Taylor, when you purchase tickets in person at their office on 1215 Blanshard St.



Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria looking for Arts Coordinator

to provide leadership in the development, implementation, communication and administration of programs.

Part time position (21 hours/week).

Click HERE for details.

Deadline for application, February 23



Submit to Cinevic’s Short Circuit Film Festival 2014

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


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 10 Feb 2014

Bernie, 104 min, 2012

Bernie is a gently told and unexpectedly amusing true-crime comedy that features Jack Black’s best performance ever. In the tiny, rural town of Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the town’s most beloved residents. He taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Everyone loved and appreciated Bernie, so it came as no surprise when he befriended Marjorie Nugent (Shirley MacLaine), an affluent widow who was as well known for her sour attitude as her fortune. How could things go so wrong? Richard Linklater cleverly tells this story using actors mixed with colourful real-life characters. Pg13 (you must stay for credits on this one!) more


6:30 pm Monday 17 Feb 2014

The Big Lebowski, 117 min, 1998

With celebrity presenter Victoria’s “Dude” Big Mike Raymer with The Riffriders

How could this classic not have graced the MM screen till now? Mr Raymer’s immediate choice. The Big Lebowski is a 1998 film about an amiable unemployed slacker, The Dude, and his close friends, all fond of their nights at the local bowling alley, who are drawn into a Chandleresque plot involving the missing younger wife of a millionaire namesake. R trailer ~ Mike’s favourite cause



short for “Silver Screen Insights Into Mental Health”

7:00 pm, Thursday, Feb 20 Fetching Cody

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

Uses magic realism in telling a Vancouver Downtown Eastside story of addiction. It investigates, in a novel way, what can contribute to slipping into that life. Starring Jay Baruchel, Sarah Lind, and Jim Byrnes. more

details of the INSIGHTS series


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, Our Man in Tehran, Mourning Has Broken and more!


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