MEDIANET NEWS May 29, 2014

OFFICE HOURS Mon-Thurs 9 am – 1 pm, Saturdays 1pm -4pm

MediaNet is located at #110, 2750 Quadra St.

Victoria BC, V8T 4E8

(250) 381-4428

Please Note: for a trial period starting May 16, MediaNet will be open Fridays from 3pm – 7pm. We will not be open Friday mornings. We will return to Friday morning hours on July 4.

We will be closed on Saturday June 7.

During July and August technical support will be limited. Technical Director Kirk Schwartz will be working with Saanich Neighbourhood place on a youth summer camp. 

In this Newsletter:

1. MediaNet’s Cinema Salon Presents Revolution June 26

2. MediaNet’s Youth Video Summer Camps – Registration now open

3. Member’s News

4. Around Town: 


1. MediaNet’s Cinema Salon Presents Revolution

6:30pm June 26 at the Main Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library

Free to attend!

On June 26, our last event before the fall, we will screen the film Revolution, in partnership with the Pacific People’s Partnership (PPP). The film will be followed by a discussion with April Ingham, Director of PPP and Troy Hunter, who worked as PPP’s Indigenous Science and Sustainable Development Project Coordinator.

Revolution is a film about changing the world. The true-life adventure of Rob Stewart, this follow-up to his acclaimed Sharkwater documentary continues his remarkable journey; one that will take him through 15 countries over four years, and where he’ll discover that it’s not only sharks that are in grave danger – it’s humanity itself.

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

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2. MediaNet’s Youth Video Summer Camps

MediaNet will be running two youth filmmaking camps this summer. Registration is through Saanich Parks and Rec:  Enter online code 600868.  Space is limited so book early!

The workshops run from July 7-10 and July 14-18. The classes are from 10am to 4pm

1. Introduction to Video Expression

No experience necessary

A one week introductory video creation program for youth 11 to 14.

July 7 to 10

This week long introductory is a hands on video-making program. Youth will learn to express themselves using documentary, narrative and stop motion techniques and by creating their own video they will come to understand how media works to influence our lives and actions.

2. Creative Media Expression 

No experience necessary

A two week program for youth 15 to 18.

July 14 to 18 and 21 to 25

The goals of this two week program are to give youth the ability to effectively tell their stories using a variety of video techniques and to enhance their critical understanding and appreciation of how media influences our lives and beliefs. Visiting artists will demonstrate and work with the youth to provide a variety of viewpoints, styles and techniques in documentary and personal storytelling.



MediaNet/ Pearson College participant Jon Funder to screen film at Movie Monday

6:30 pm Monday 2 Jun 2014 – The Importance Of A Forgiving Heart: The Bill Williams Story, 34 min, 2013

Created by Pearson College student Jon Funder with the support of MediaNet and MN members Judy Jackson and Kirk Schwartz and edited at MediaNet. A truly moving Doc about the importance of forgiveness in healing from abuse. Read the review of the film from the SaltSpring Film Festival.


MN has a box of brand new FULL Size DV cam tapes. We also have a surplus of RCA cables. First come first serve until Wed the 4th of June when they will walk down the street to the Sally Ann.


MediaNet’s Hi 8 camera for our legacy station (Beta SP, U-matic, DV) is finally FUBAR.

Anybody with a working Hi 8 in basement or closet that you don’t use anymore?

Would you consider donating it to MN so we can continue to offer legacy Hi 8 services?





The Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) has a fabulous website containing calls for video and film submissions, classes and residencies:




Deadline June 30, 2014

Are You An Aboriginal Artist Interested in

Professional Development in Traditional Forms of Expression?

Do You Require Tuition and Living Allowance Scholarship to Attend?

Scholarships for up to Ten New Applicants Available

September 2014 ~ April 2015

For more information please contact:

Tracey Kim Bonneau

Public Relations, Recruitment

En’owkin Centre

(250) 493-7181 Ext. 2228


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 2 Jun 2014

The Importance Of A Forgiving Heart: The Bill Williams Story, 34 min, 2013

This simple short film has a profound message. Bill Williams, born of Aboriginal parents on Vancouver Island with club feet, deaf and borderline mentally challenged, tells us his story humbly and with humour and restraint. We drive with him on one of his many trips to help his First Nations neighbours along the flowing river. Scenes of its beauty sooth us as they are intercut with the harrowing details of Bill’s life of abusive foster care and alcoholism. And the clear water becomes a powerful symbol of transformation as Bill explains how he has achieved balance, serenity and a productive life. 34min 2013 Pg13

With Bill and Sylvia Williams. more.


6:30 pm Monday 9 Jun 2014

A Hopelessly Romantic Double Feature

Before Sunrise & Before Sunset, total 185 min

In the first two charming romantic dramas in a trilogy of films by the same actors, Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and director Richard Linklater, we drop in on pivotal days, each 9 years apart.

In Before Sunrise (105 min, 1995) R (language), a young American meets a French girl on a train to Vienna where they get to know each other overnight before he leaves on his flight home. In the second, Before Sunset (80 min, 2004) R (language), they meet again after 9 years.

You’ll want to see these two together. In a month, we’ll show the third, Before Midnight (2013), that continues this fascinating relationship of both fictional characters and creators in this hopefully ongoing series.

cast: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Andrea Eckert, Hanno Pöschl, Karl Bruckschwaiger


The Canadian First Weekend Club  

Great Canadian Film – It’s out there!

April 29 was officially named Canadian National Film Day.

Continue to celebrate Canadian Films in March by taking advantage of the NFB’s free online viewing service – watch some 2,000 Canadian shorts, documentaries and features on — for free!

And keep your eyes open for great Canadian films in your local theatre!

Coming to Theatres: Enemy, Algonquin, Cruel and Unusual and more!