MEDIANET NEWS January 23, 2014

Coming up at MediaNet: MediaNet’s Annual General Meeting, 3pm-4pm Saturday February 1; OPEN CINEMA Presents ISLAND GREEN, January 29; Cinema Salon: French Film Night – January 30; Crossing Terrain – Isabelle Hayeur at the Art Gallery; Pacific People’s Partnership screens Isolated, February 13; Scott Amos’ Metaville at the Victoria Film Festival, February 7-14; Dance filmmaker looking for locations for a project;The Dance Films of Laura Taler – at Cinecenta, Feb 4; Members News; Around Town – Cinevic workshop with Carl Bessai, January 25-26


1. MediaNet’s Annual General Meeting, Saturday February 1

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the MediaNet office, #110- 2750 Quadra, Victoria, BC


At the meeting, a motion will be presented to modify the language surrounding the purposes of the Society, so that MediaNet may be eligible for charitable status.


A notice of the AGM has been sent to all members in good standing, whose memberships are up to date.

If you are unsure of your membership status, please contact Catlin at 250-381-4428 or




2. OPEN CINEMA Presents ISLAND GREEN, January 29 


This is Episode #6 in our Cinema-in-Season series in collaboration with  FoodRoots, Vancity, The Victoria Public Market, and supported by the Canadian Media Fund.


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.


The documentary will be screened on the same day in Prince Edward Island, and discussion from both screenings will be connected via Livestream, #opencinema Tweetchat and Facebook.



3. Cinema Salon: French Film Night

6:30 January 30 at the Main Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library


MediaNet and the Greater Victoria Public Library are collaborating on the Cinema Salon, a monthly screening series with guest lecturers and public discussion. On January 30 we will be screening the film “What’s in a Name?” (Le Prénom) a comedy from France about family, friendship and the value that we place on names. The event features an after-screening discussion with Sophie Oliveau-Moore of the Victoria Francophone Society


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



4. Crossing Terrain

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


Isabelle Hayeur

Flow, January 17 – February 9

Isabelle will be speaking at the Gallery on January 30 at 7pm


“I have always been concerned by the transformations landscapes undergo,” explains Isabelle Hayeur. “Growing up in a suburb, I was faced with the spectacle of urban sprawl and the disappearance of so many things in its path. My approach is tied to this experience and draws from discourses surrounding environmental issues such as land use planning. I am particularly interested in feelings of alienation, uprootedness, and dislocation.” The artist’s works offer a critique of recent urban and environmental upheavals, by showing territories that appear “natural”, though they have been created artificially. Her art proves to be both political and poetic, constantly striving to defy simplistic interpretations so as to highlight the ambivalence of our relation to the world.



5. Pacific People’s Partnership Presents Isolated

7pm February 13 at the Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad St.

in partnership with MediaNet and Pedalling for Papua


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. More information can be found at



6. 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.


7. Dance Filmmaker looking for locations for project


Filmmaker Laura Taler will be in residence at Dance Victoria Studios, January 26 through February 8 working with Toronto-based contemporary choreographer Heidi Strauss who is developing a new work for six dancers.


She is looking for locations for filming for Feb 1 to 5 (dates to be confirmed)

One full day or two 1/2 days

The location needs:

-700 – 1000+ sq ft. industrial type space

– large open space to film dancers dancing

-geometric but clean, not too busy, some details/unique characteristics could be good

-ideally some natural light

-ceiling and floor must be decent for shooting/dancing

-electric power for lighting if needed

-washrooms nearby


If you have information on a suitable location, please contact Valerie Salez at 250-208-9409


8. A Very Dangerous Pastime: The Dance Films of Laura Taler

Artists’ talk and screening

7-9pm Tuesday February 4 at Cinecenta, University of Victoria 3800 Finnerty Rd.


While in Victoria, Laura Taler be screening her works and offering an artist talk at Cinecenta on Tuesday, February 4.Tickets may be purchased at Cinecenta


“Through movement invention and cinematic rigour, Taler’s films reinterpret the physical characteristics of early cinema while remaining contemporary and innovative.”


9. Members’ News


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




Rick Raxlen screening at Pacific Cinematheque on January 30

1131 Howe St., Vancouver

TWO PROGRAMS…the early show,,,, short animation and Leaving Montreal Behind(1992) and ZOMBIE SWIM MEET

2nd show…HORSES IN WINTER 25th anniversary   screening…1989 80 MINUTES



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



MediaNet member looking for web designer


I would like to hire a web designer proficient in the latest edition of Adobe Dreamweaver software in order to make a minor addition to a client’s web site as soon as possible.


Please contact Richard Swinden: or call 250-361-3433










Cinevic Presents

A Director’s Workshop with Carl Bessai 


Saturday January 25: Directing Actors

Sunday January 26: Directing for the camera


Cinevic/ MediaNet/ ViFPA members

$140 for a day $245 for both days
$165 for a day $295 for both days


Carl Bessai is one of Canada’s leading directors of independent film. Based in Vancouver and Los Angeles, he has directed 14 feature films to date, all of which of have garnered numerous national and international awards.


To register, contact Krista Loughton at Cinevic




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:





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.





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:



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 27 Jan 2014

In Search Of Blind Joe Death, 57 min, 2014

The Saga Of John Fahey


Known as the father of American Primitive Guitar, many consider John Fahey to be a foundational figure in American folk music. As both musician and musicologist, Fahey made a fundamental contribution to our understanding and appreciation of such music genres as Delta blues, Appalachian bluegrass and New Orleans jazz.


In Search of Blind Joe Death combines interviews, performances and archival footage with animation in a musically charged tribute to a tremendously influential composer, guitarist and provocateur. Interviewees include The Who’s Pete Townshend, Chris Funk of The Decemberists, Calexico’s Joey Burns and renowned radio personality Dr. Demento. By Canadian filmmaker James Cunningham. Pg 13 Film website ~ for big fans:Film website ~ Film website ~ Director Q&A: (Preview)


Plus: A Trip To Romero Banjos Jason and Pharis Romero create some of the most unique fretted instruments available today in an unlikely spot, the tiny town of Horsefly, BC. A loving ode to music, craftsmanship, and lifestyle excellence by local filmmaker Matthew Miles 13min 2012 G


7:00 pm Wednesday Jan 29 2014

Under African Skies, 2012, 108 min

Music Movie Wednesday


This story is especially timely with the passing of Nelson Mandela. For the 25th anniversary of “Graceland,” Paul Simon returns to South Africa for a historic reunion concert – and a look at his landmark album’s turbulent birth. Interviewing anti-apartheid activists and music legends like Quincy Jones, Harry Belafonte, Paul McCartney and David Byrne, Berlinger’s (Crude, Paradise Lost) new doc explores both the anatomy of a musical masterwork and the responsibilities of art. The novel framework for the documentary has Paul Simon sitting down with Dali Tambo, the son of ANC leader Oliver Tambo and the head of Artists Against Apartheid, the most vocal faction against Simon’s endeavour. The two men have a long, reasonable, open discourse a quarter of a century after their initial debate. details


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


6:30 pm Monday 3 Feb 2014

My Father and the Man in Black, 88 min, 2012



Before there was Johnny and June, there was Johnny and Saul…


Following his father’s suicide, director Jonathan Holiff discovers hundreds of letters and audio diaries, including recorded phone calls with Johnny Cash during his pill-fueled 1960s, triumphs at Folsom and San Quentin, marriage to June Carter, and his conversion in the early 1970s to born-again Christian.

An intense personal adventure that happens to feature one of 20th-century music’s greatest icons, My Father and the Man in Black tells the inside story of ‘bad boy’ Johnny Cash, his talented but troubled manager, Saul Holiff, and a son searching for his father in the shadow of a legend. Pg13

Director Jonathan Holiff, a Nanaimo resident, will be with us to present his family’s story. Bio of the director ~ official site of the film.




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





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