MEDIANET NEWS March 6, 2014

Coming Up: Up Next at OPEN CINEMA: My Prairie Home, March 26; MediaNet’s Cinema Salon Presents Film Noir, March 27 featuring an after-screening discussion with Peter Sandmark; Crossing Terrain  presents Jodie Mack at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, May 8-30; MediaNet’s Spring Workshops; Members’ News: Richard Boyce’s Coastal Tar Sands project; Around Town: Governor General’s Award Winners announced


1. 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


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


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:



2. MediaNet’s Cinema Salon Presents Film Noir

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 February 25, Cinema Salon presents The Blue Dahlia, followed by a discussion with MediaNet’s Executive Director, Peter Sandmark, about Film Noir


About the Blue Dahlia:

A WWII soldier is falsely accused of murdering his unfaithful wife in this 1946 film staring Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake. The screenplay is written by Raymond Chandler.

Watch the trailer:

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

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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


1) Intro to DSLR filmmaking. 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. 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. 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. Sat May 17, 2 to 5 pm.  Kirk Schwartz  Introduction to Photoshop including preparation of photos for video, basic layering, compositing and filters.






Richard Boyce’s Coastal Tar Sands Project


MediaNet member Richard Boyce has created a series of 10 minute videos about the Tar Sands and related issues. The videos and information about the project can be found here:








Congratulations to media artist Jayce Salloum for winning the Governor Generals Awards for Visual and Media Artists.

Films on Salloum and other winners can be found on the Canada Council website:






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 is moving!


Cinevic will be moving to 1119 Fort St., formally home of G++ and Limbic Media.

Congratulations on the new space!


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


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 Mar 2014

Asian Canadian short films


A special program of Asian Canadian short films with Toronto filmmaker, Victoria native, Carolyn Wong.


She’ll present her film Howard (18 min, 2012) which won Best Canadian Short in the Vancouver Asian Film Festival 2013. An estranged uncle is murdered. The niece he never knew uncovers his complex, conflicted life as a gay man and muses about his life and death in an attempt to comprehend what it means to her.


Plus her Beat Truths (3 min, 2004) about a Toronto bucket drummer.


Also, State of Yo (9 min, 2007) by Jason Karman about Harvey Lowe (incidentally Carolyn Wong’s Great Uncle!) who won the world’s first Yo-Yo championship in 1932.


Others: a drama by Jason Karman, Kimchi Fried Dumplings (14 min, 2012) and a MM favourite, Kimchi According to my Kun-Umma! (18 min, 2002) by Samuel Kiehoon Lee – fun, family, and food are the focus of this charming and informative look into Korean culture.



6:30 pm Monday 17 Mar 2014

Nebraska, 115 min, 2013


Director Alexander Payne (Sideways, The Descendants) takes the helm for this black and white road trip drama starring Bruce Dern as a tempestuous Missouri father who’s convinced he’s won a million dollar magazine sweepstakes, and Will Forte as the son who grudgingly agrees to drive him to Nebraska to claim his winnings. A black and white film chock full of colourful characters. R for language 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!