MEDIANET NEWS November 21, 2013

Coming Up at MediaNet: Tonight– artist’s talk with Penny McCann. 7pm at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1040 Moss St. Free to attend; OPEN CINEMA Presents Google and the World Brain Nov 27; MediaNet Sponsors Community Screenings at Shambhala Centre and Ingredients Health Foods; MediaNet’s Christmas Party 19 December;  MediaNet presents the Cinema Salon series, Jan 30-May 22, 2014 at the Greater Victoria Public Library; Members; Around Town 

Please Note: MediaNet will be closing at noon on Friday, November 22, and closed on Saturdays starting  November 30.


1. Crossing Terrain Screening Series

LAB gallery at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

1040 Moss St.

Tonight! – Artists’ talk with Penny McCann

7pm at the Art Gallery

Free to attend

Ottawa media artist Penny McCann’s body of work spans twenty years and encompasses both dramatic and experimental films and videos. Her narrative works involve stories from the past told in highly codified ways.  Her experimental works utilize film and video imagery to create shifts in subjectivity, memory, and perspective.

McCann’s experimental work often takes the form of a kind of indefinite journey, where landscapes of memory and dream track across the frame in flashes of light and colour. The horizon is a central visual and conceptual trope, suggesting at once the projection of a sublime destination and an impossible experience of time and memory fulfilled.

–       Scott Birdwise, Canadian Film Institute

More information on the Crossing Terrain screening series, a partnership between MediaNet and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria:


2. OPEN CINEMA Presents Google and the World Brain

Wednesday, November 27 at the Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad St.

Doors open at 5:30pm

Screening at 7pm

suggested donation $10-$20

OPEN CINEMA continues its eleventh Season of programming with a documentary about the dreams, dilemmas and dangers of the internet.

In 2002, Google began to scan millions of books in an effort to create a giant global library, containing every book in existence. But over half of the books scanned were in copyright, and authors across the world launched a campaign to stop Google, leading to a trial in a New York courtroom in 2011. What would it mean for Google to have a monopoly on the world’s knowledge?

Featuring a after-screening discussion with Dave Obee, Times Colonist Editor in Chief, Kim Nayyer, Law Librarian and blogger, and David Leach, Associate Professor of Technology and Society, University of Victoria. Moderated by MediaNet’s Executive Director, Peter Sandmark.

– See the trailer at

Come and enjoy Pizza from The Joint, brownies from Bubby Roses’ Bakery and Coffee by Fernwood Coffee.


3. MediaNet Sponsors Community Screenings

MediaNet sponsors a screening of Reactor at the Shambhala Meditation Centre

7pm, November 22 at 1-2033 Belmont Ave.

Suggested donation – $5 -$10

If you missed the screening of Reactor at the Victoria Event Centre on November 13, now is your chance to see the film. Followed by a discussion with filmmaker Ian MacKenzie.

Yogi, Buddhist teacher and activist Michael Stone arrives on a pilgrimage to Japan, in the wake of the tsunami and Fukushima meltdown. REACTOR is a short film project that aims to uncover how and why we can let go of our old stories, and move towards personal and social awakening.

Watch the trailer:

more about the film:


MediaNet sponsors screening of Planeat at Ingredients Health Foods

7pm, Thursday November 28.

2031 Store St.

Celebrate World Vegan Month, and attend the screening of this film which covers the impacts of our daily food choices.

Watch the trailer:


4. MediaNet’s Christmas Party

4:30-6:30pm Thursday November 19

at the MediaNet office, #110 – 2750 Quadra St.

Stop by and enjoy some food and drink as we celebrate the winter season.

Snacks and pop will be available – if you would like something stronger to drink, please byob.

Hope to see you then!


5. MediaNet presents the Cinema Salon

a partnership between MediaNet and the Greater Victoria Public Library

at the Main Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library, 735 Broughton St.

The last Thursday of the month, January 30 – May 22, 2014

Free to attend!

Starting January 30, 2014 MediaNet will be holding a Cinema Salon series,

combining a film screening, followed by a presentation by a guest lecturer and group discussion.

The salon will feature films from a variety of genres and locations, such as Canadian cinema, Film Noir, science fiction and Latin American film, and will give audiences a chance to see new works, and old works in new ways.


January 30: Focus on Canadian Film

Robert LePage’s “Triptyque”

February 27: Black History Month

Janet Rogers, Victoria’s Poet Laureate, discusses “Black and White.”

March 27: Film Noir

Peter Sandmark, filmmaker and MediaNet’s Executive Director, discusses “The Blue Dahlia”

April 24: Utopia/Distopia

Lianne McLarty, UVIC Associate Professor of History in Art, discusses “Elysium”

May 22: Latin Film Night

Dan Russek, UVIC Associate Professor of Hispanic and Italian Studies, and President of The Hispanic Film Society,

speaks about Latin American film.


6. Members

Canadian photographers now officially hold the copyright to their photos.




LaSaM Music  Deep Listening Study Group in Victoria

Sundays at 11 am to noon

October 6 through December 8, 2013 (10 sessions)

Martin Batchelor Gallery

712 Cormorant Street (at Douglas), Victoria, BC

DEEP LISTENING explores the difference between the involuntary nature of hearing and the voluntary, selective nature of listening.  The practice includes bodywork, sonic meditations, interactive performance, listening to the sounds of daily life, nature, one’s own thoughts, imagination and dreams, and listening to listening itself.

Deep Listening Institute’s site.

More info about the Deep Listening Study Group here.

To register, email



YoungCuts Film Festival

The YoungCuts Film Festival (est. 2001) and Submission Service is now accepting submissions from filmmakers around the world aged 29 and under, for both its 2014 Film Festival and its new submission service.

YoungCuts accepts all genres of short films, including animation, narrative, documentary, experimental, teen and music video. Films must be 29 minutes or less and completed after January 1, 2012.

To submit:


Dawson City International Short Film Festival

Deadline for submissions: December 13.

Among the most northern competitive film festivals in the world, the Dawson City International Short Film Festival has been showing short films of all genres every Easter weekend since 2000. The festival also included special events such as master classes with exciting guests, meet and greets, workshops, filmmaking challenges and awards.

Postmarked snail mail entry form or enter through

Be part of our 15th festival!



David Simmon’s Screen Actors Studio

845 Fisgard St, Victoria B.C.

Ph: 250-595-1339. / e:



Movie Monday

short for “Silver Screen Insights Into Mental Health”

7:00 pm, Thursday, Nov 21 OUT OF THE SHADOW

at: Royal Jubilee Hospital – Patient Care Centre Lecture Theatre – S169 directions

A filmmaker follows the course of her mother, who has schizophrenia, having spent a lifetime in a ‘revolving door’ of treatment and homelessness, finally getting life under control.more

details of the INSIGHTS series


6:30 pm Monday 25 Nov 2013

Last White Knight, 78 min, 2012

Paul Saltzman’s courageous The Last White Knight was inspired by an incident during the early 1960s when he journeyed to the Deep South as a civil rights worker to help with voter registration in Mississippi, one of the hard-core bastions of the Old South. One of the first days he was there he was assaulted by a group of young men led by Byron “Delay” De La Beckwith, the son of the man convicted of killing civil rights activist Medgar Evers. Decades later, Saltzman returns to the south to meet with Beckwith and see what, if anything, has changed in the New South. He found him and a 5 year dialogue ensued to explore if individual reconciliation was possible. Pgtrailerreview, another review and about the producers.


6:30 pm Monday 2 Dec 2013

Stories We Tell, 108 min, 2012

In this inspired, genre-twisting new film, writer/director Sarah Polley discovers that the truth depends on who’s telling it. Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets kept by a family of storytellers. She playfully interviews and interrogates a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting refreshingly candid, yet mostly contradictory, answers to the same questions. As each relates their version of the family mythology, present-day recollections shift into nostalgia-tinged glimpses of their mother, who departed too soon, leaving a trail of unanswered questions. pg13 Trailer and 95% fresh rating.


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, Random Acts of Romance, All the Wrong Reasons and more!


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