MEDIANET NEWS October 10, 2013

Coming up at MediaNet:Crossing Channels screening series – Kevin Schmidt and Chris Bose at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Urbanite on October 18;OPEN CINEMA Season 11 launch featuring Connected, October 30; films by Richard Swinden and Mohsin Abbas;Deep Listening Study Group

1. Crossing Channels Screening Series
LAB gallery at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
1040 Moss St.

September 23 – October 13 Kevin Schmidt:Wild Signals
October 14 – November 10 Chris Bose: Jesus Coyote Teevee

Kevin Schmidt’s work is an investigation into transcendent possibility in a culture where “all that is solid melts into air.” He has a strong interest in landscape, music, and popular culture.

Chris Bose is a writer, multi-disciplinary artist, curator and musician who has read and performed at Universities, theatres and coffeehouses at all points from Victoria to Montreal as well as at the BC Festival of the Arts as a literary delegate to the Talking Stick Aboriginal Arts Festival in Vancouver and the Word on the Street Festival in Toronto. Chris is of the N’laka’pamux/Secwepemc nation, and currently lives in Kamloops BC.

In celebration of Chris’ video screening in Crossing Channels, and the exhibition Urban Thunderbirds/Ravens in a Material World, The Art Gallery’s Urbanite social event, on October 18 will feature performances by First Nations artists, including Skookum Sound System. For more information, or to purchase tickets on-line:

For information on Art Gallery hours and admission please go to

2. OPEN CINEMA Season 11 launch – featuring the documentary Connected
Wednesday, October 30 at the Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad St.
Doors open at 5:30pm
Screening at 7pm
suggested donation $10-$20

OPEN CINEMA launches its eleventh Season with a documentary which looks at our relationship with technology, exploring both the benefits and the problems.
Equal parts documentary and memoir, Connected unfolds during a year in which technology and science literally become a matter of life and death for the director. As Shlain’s father battles brain cancer and she confronts a high-risk pregnancy, her very understanding of connection is challenged. Using a brilliant mix of animation, archival footage, and home movies, Shlain reveals the surprising ties that link us not only to the people we love but also to the world at large. – See the trailer at

Featuring an after-screening discussion with Heather Bauer, Senior Climate Action Analyst for the Province of BC; Jason Guille, owner-operator of the Sunset Room, and Mandy Leith, who will talk about OPEN CINEMA’s summer outreach project Get on the Doc Bus! The event is moderated by MediaNet’s Executive Director Peter Sandmark.

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

3. Members

Congratulations to MediaNet members Richard Swinden and Mohsin Abbas
on their films!

Richard Swinden’s film Pathways to Compassion, a documentary about the Anglican Diocese of British Columbia, Chapter of Deacons, can be viewed here:

A trailer for Mohsin Abbas’ film Malala: A Girl From Paradise, about Malala Yousafzai, the high school student who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban for her outspoken support on women’s education.
Malala Yousafzai has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Byte Computers in selling reconditioned i3 iMac computers for $799.



LaSaM Music is excited to offer the 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 is a philosophy and practice developed by pioneering composer Pauline Oliveros to cultivate appreciation of sound, silence and “sounding” on a heightened level, expanding the potential for connection and interaction with one’s environment, technology and others in music, related arts, and everyday life.

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.

Drop in fee: $6 per session, $50 for 10 sessions
Please bring a cushion, yoga matt or blanket.

The Deep Listening Study Group is facilitated by Tina Pearson

“Tina will take you to the hEARt of sounding.” – Pauline Oliveros

Deep Listening Institute’s site.
More info about the Deep Listening Study Group here.

To register, email


National Screen Institute
Aboriginal Documentary Production Award

Apply now for training and mentorship and up to $1600 towards the production of a short documentary. And a trip to Hot Docs!

More information:


The Cultural Human Resources Council is offering on-line courses for artists in
” The Art of Managing your career,” with sections on self-promotion, project management,
budgeting and legal considerations.

David Simmond’s screen actors’ studio
845 Fisgard St, Victoria B.C.
Ph: 250-595-1339. / e:


Movie Monday

6:30 pm Monday 14 Oct 2013
Jiro Dreams Of Sushi, 81 min, 2011

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is the story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is a world destination for high-rolling gourmands. It’s about work ethic and focus on perfection of that work. Pg (in Japanese, well subtitled) more or view a trailer.

6:30 pm Monday 21 Oct 2013
Mars Project, 61 min, 2013

A decade ago independent Canadian rap-icon Khari “Conspiracy” Stewart was diagnosed with a psychological disorder, but he has rejected the label and is pursuing a spiritual path. For half of his life, he has fought a spiritual war against two demons: Anacron, an intergalactic consciousness that possesses Stewart’s mind, and the Canadian mental health system, which diagnosed him with schizophrenia over a decade ago.

With innumerable battles waging as far back as his adolescence, Khari’s otherworldly experiences have often been manifested through a dense and sometimes dark catalogue of recorded music, all of which he has recorded independently.

Khari performs as ‘Conspiracy’ in a group called the Supreme Being Unit (S.B.U.), along with his twin brother Addi ‘Mindbender’ Stewart, who was not diagnosed with Schizophrenia.

Through artful documentation of Khari’s history, daily life and with insight from psychiatric experts, Mars Project reveals the deep complexities of mental health and perhaps some of the inadequacies of the Canadian healthcare system. Tormented artist, spiritual shaman, drug-addled rapper, Khari’s unique experience seeks to challenge our understanding of schizophrenia and mental health. Pg 13

See the film and meet the filmmaker. more ~ printable poster
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, The Ghosts in Our Machine, The Art of the Steal and more!


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