MEDIANET NEWS January 9, 2014

Coming up at MediaNet : 7pm Tonight! Richard Raxlen’s artist talk at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; OPEN CINEMA Presents ISLAND GREEN, January 29; Through the Lens Intercultural Youth workshop, January to March; Members News; Carl Bessai Director’s workshop at Cinevic 

Happy New Year!


1. 7pm Tonight! Richard Raxlen’s artist talk at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1040 Moss St.


The talk is free to attend.


Three of Richard’s films – Fish Don’t Talk, Song of the Suicide’s Daughter, and Everything Reminds Me of My Dog – are screening in the LAB Gallery at the Art Gallery until January 12, as a part of the Crossing Terrain screening series.


About Richard Raxlen


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:



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. 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



4. Members News


Rick Raxlen screening at Pacific Cinematheque on January 30

two) raxlen works at pacific cinematheque(Howe Street Vancouver) on jan 30.

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






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 13 Jan 2014

Love Is All You Need, 116 min, 2012



Love Is All You Need is a warm, funny, heartfelt meditation on the birth pangs of starting a new life. Set at a picture-perfect summer wedding in Sorrento, the film stars Pierce Brosnan as Philip, a lonely, crotchety middle-aged English widower, and a Dutch woman who is recovering from illness and a broken marriage. The fates of these two bruised souls intertwine as they embark for Italy to attend the wedding of their children. The bumpy path towards the union of their children, and the clashes and faux pas of their wedding guests, force Philip and Ida to reevaluate all their notions of family, love and happiness. R more

cast: Trine Dyrholm, Stina Ekblad, Sebastian Jessen, Molly Blixt Egelind, Ciro Petrone



6:30 pm Monday 20 Jan 2014

Luckey, 84 min, 2008


At the age of 65, Tom Luckey accidentally tumbled through a window in his bathroom and became paralysed below his neck. After months in rehab, and despite being able to move only his head, Tom emerged with the same verve he always had. He was determined to get on with life and finish the enormous climbable sculpture he had been commissioned to build prior to the accident.


In the course of the film, through moments of anger, joy, and breathtaking ego, the sculpture is finally built. From trying to re-spark his mojo with his wife Ettie, to keeping his work going with Spencer, his son, Tom wrestles with his new condition as a person. Implementing his artistic vision while maintaining independence and sanity becomes an intricate balance for all involved. The film is the portrait of a family in crisis and one man’s efforts to create a new life in the wake of a devastating accident. Pg13 more ~more.




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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