MEDIANET NEWS March 20, 2014

In this Newsletter: OPEN CINEMA Presents My Prairie Home, March 26; MediaNet’s Cinema Salon Presents Film Noir, March 27 with a discussion by Peter Sandmark; Crossing Terrain Presents Jodie Mack, at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; MediaNet’s Spring Workshops; Around Town: Call for Submissions


1.OPEN CINEMA Presents My Prairie Home

March 26 at the Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad St.

Doors: 5:30pm

Screening: 7pm

Suggested donation $10-$20

We are thrilled that this event is being sponsored by On My Planet, a website promoting queer stories from a queer-positive prospective

This event is part of OPEN CINEMA’s Connect the Docs series, and will be screened in Victoria and Calgary.

(Connect the Docs

The event features an after-screening discussion with Maureen Bradley, Uvic Filmmaking Professor and Director of Two 4 One; Alyx MacAdams, Victoria Women’s Sexual Assault Centre; Daphne Shaed, UVSS Students of Colour Outreach Coordinator/ Camosun College Women’s Director. Moderated by Metta, gender-fluid Counselling Psychology student.

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


2. MediaNet’s Cinema Salon Presents Film Noir with a screening of The Blue Dahlia

6:30 Thursday March 27 at the Main Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library

Free to attend

Interested in discussions about classical and contemporary cinema? MediaNet and the Greater Victoria Public Library are collaborating on the Cinema Salon, a monthly screening series with guest lecturers and public discussion.

On March 27, filmmaker, musician and MediaNet’s Executive Director, Peter Sandmark, will speak about the historical and social significance of Film Noir

Watch a trailer of The Blue Dahlia:

To register for this event, please go to the Library’s Programs and Events Calendar

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3. Crossing Terrain

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

Jodie Mack (Chicago)

March 8-30

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

Jodie Mack is an experimental animator who received her MFA in film, video, and new media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007 and currently teaches animation at Dartmouth College. Combining the formal techniques and structures of abstract/absolute animation with those of cinematic genres, her handmade films use collage to explore the relationship between graphic cinema and storytelling.


4. MediaNet’s Spring Workshops

Workshop schedule for April and May 2014 (free for members).  Please register by emailing  or

We are taking a waiting list for courses that are full. Please keep in mind – classes are free to members, but if you do not show up to the editing workshops, you will be charged $25.

1) Intro to DSLR filmmaking. One Spot left! Sat Apr 5. 2 pm to 5 pm. MediaNet. Join MN Tech Director Kirk Schwartz and MN member Zsofin Sheehy  for an introduction to High Def DSLR filmmaking including tips on using a slider and familiarization with MN’s Canon 6D and our three Canon T3i.

2) Intro to MN lights and basic lighting  Sat April 12, 2 to 5 pm. MediaNet. Kirk Schwartz.  An introduction to basic lighting techniques and familiarization with MN’s lighting kits including the new CF based soft boxes, our portable lights and the traditional Arries and Selecons

3) Introduction to FCP X. FULL! Sat April 26, 2 to 5 pm. MedaNet. Kirk Schwartz. Get started with FCP X. The “new” Final Cut is a powerful and accessible editing tool for video art, documentaries and self expression. Space is limited so please register – the course is free but if you register and don’t show up, you will be charged $25

4) Introduction to Premier Pro. FULL! Sat May 3. 2 to 5 pm. Kirk Schwartz. Introduction to Adobe’s video editing system and familiarization for those transitioning from the “old” FCP Suite (7). Space is limited so please register – the course is free but if you register and don’t show up, you will be charged $25

5) Introduction to Photoshop. One Spot left! Sat May 17, 2 to 5 pm.  Kirk Schwartz  Introduction to Photoshop including preparation of photos for video, basic layering, compositing and filters.





Call for Entries, Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2014, United Kingdom

Deadline March 31

The Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2014 is now open for entries, offering both emerging and established filmmakers the opportunity to engage with new, international audiences and interact with some of the biggest personalities in the film industry today.



Call for Submissions, Asinabka Festival 2014, Ottawa

Deadline May 12

The Festival is currently seeking works from independent filmmakers, any film or video that tells First Nations, Métis, or Inuit stories, or focuses on international Indigenous issues, is eligible. Submissions can be in any genre (documentary, drama, animation, experimental etc.) or any length, and must be finished works. Preference will be given to new works produced within the last two years.



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 Mar 2014

In The Family, 169 min, 2011

with local film reviewer Jason Whyte and writer, director, lead actor Patrick Wang by phone from New York

In a heartfelt story woven around child custody, two-dad families, loss, interracial relations, the American South, and the human side of the law, the nature of what it means to be a family is explored with ambitious and rewarding nuance. This amazing first feature was written, directed, and lead role played by Patrick Wang. 169min 2011 Pg13 Robert Ebert said: ” ‘In the Family’ is a long film… I was completely absorbed from beginning to end. [I was and you will be too. B] What a courageous first feature this is, a film that sidesteps shopworn stereotypes and tells a quiet, firm, deeply humanist story about doing the right thing. It is a film that avoids any message or statement and simply shows us, with infinite sympathy, how the life of a completely original character can help us lead our own.” more or view a trailer

cast: Sebastian Banes, Patrick Wang, Trevor St. John, Lisa Altomare, Susan Kellermann


7:00 pm Wednesday 26 Mar 2014

20 Feet From Stardom, 2013, 91 min

Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling new film 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others. Along with rare archival footage and a peerless soundtrack, 20 FEET FROM STARDOM boasts intimate interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting to name just a few. more or view a trailer

cast: Lou Adler, Stephanie ‘Stevvi’ Alexander, Patti Austin, Chris Botti, David Bowie, Todd Boyd, Ray Charles Ray Charles

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


6:30 pm Monday 31 Mar 2014

A Hand To Stand, totl: 77 min

A Hand To Stand (21 min) focuses on the Bella Bella Community School within the Heiltsuk First Nation reserve on B.C.’s coastal Inside Passage. Teacher engages group of teenagers craft their own Stand Up Paddleboards, a modern version of a traditional practice. G

By Victoria filmmaker Matthew Miles and Lindsay Marie Stewart. Matthew will be with us for Q&A trailer and a printable poster

… and Crazywater (56 min, 2013), a first person documentary about alcoholism in First Nations communities, told through the lens of an Aboriginal filmmaker, Whitehorse based director Dennis Allen. Stories are shared without apology or laying of blame. It is a ‘sober’ look at a devastating, and sometimes fatal, addiction. Pg13 more

“…if you think about it, not one substance, force, or event from residential schools to the deadly epidemics of smallpox and influenza have had such a powerful effect on us. Like many aboriginals, my own life has been effected by alcohol abuse, my own and others. This is my thesis for my masters in life.”Dennis Allen

With guest Monique Gray Smith about her and her recent book “Tilly”. 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: Watermark, Down River, The Husband and more!


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