MEDIANET NEWS October 24, 2013

Coming up at MediaNet:Crossing Channels screening series and Crossing Terrain – Chris Bose screening runs until November 10, followed by Crossing Terrain, with works by Penny McCann and Richard Raxlen;OPEN CINEMA Season 11 launch featuring Connected, October 30; Congratulations to Steven Davies and Richard Raxlen for upcoming screenings of their works!; Documentary production program offered at Royal Roads in November.

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

Chris Bose: Jesus Coyote Teevee continues to November 10

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.

Beginning November 15, MediaNet and the Art Gallery present Crossing Terrain, a screening series which continues from Crossing Channels to present works from Victoria and across the country.

November 15 – December 8: Penny McCann
December 15 – January 12: Rick Raxlen

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 member Steven Davies, whose film Ahousaht Going? is playing at the Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival! (VIMAF website: and to member Rick Raxlen, who has two films in the Antimatter Film Fest – Blue Moon (7pm Sat October 26) and Everything Reminds Me of My Dog (9pm Thurs October 31)

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:


Documentary Film Production Program offered at Royal Roads University,
taught by Dwayne Beaver.

Dates: Sats & Suns, Nov 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, Dec 1, 2013

Length: 3 weekends
Times: 10am – 4pm
Cost: $325 + applicable taxes
Best to Register by: Sat, Nov 2, 2013

The art of factual-based filmmaking is explored in this three weekend intensive workshop that will empower you to develop your ideas from premise to script to shooting plan to completed film. Learn how to write, think and translate abstract concepts into narrative and visuals while gaining a command of the hands-on production process. You’ll be guided by a Gemini Award winning director and learn the ropes in a fun and engaging way that will result in completed film.

For more information, please see the website:

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


Movie Monday

6:30 pm Monday 28 Oct 2013
Young Frankenstein, 106 min, 1974

Frankenstein quickly returns to Transylvania and the old ancestral castle, where he is awaited by the faithful houseboy Igor, the voluptuous lab assistant Inga, and the mysterious housekeeper Frau Blucher, whose very name causes horses to rear in fright. The young man had always rejected his grandfather’s medical experiments as impossible, but he changes his mind after he discovers a book entitled How I Did It by Victor Frankenstein. Now all that’s involved is a little grave-robbing and a trip to the handy local Brain Depository, and the Frankenstein family is back in business. more.

7:00 pm Wednesday 30 Oct 2013
Wizard Of Oz, 1939, 101 min

Spooktacular Special Wednesday! An evening with Dorothy, Toto and her beloved traveling companions! Please join us Wednesday October 30th in costume if you want, for some treats and the special showing of this wonderful 1939 movie, ‘The Wizard of Oz’.


6:30 pm Monday 4 Nov 2013
The Castle, 85 min, 1997
with Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen

Nils Jensen’s review: The Castle is an Australia almost-cult classic small budget movie with big results. It grossed over A$10 million – over 13 times what it cost to make.

It’s unpretentious, funny and very heart warming. The movie tells the story of the Kerrigan family who live modestly and happily next to the Melbourne Airport until they are faced with expropriation as the airport expands. The location is terribly un-Oak Bay being next to a runway, on top of a toxic landfill and under power lines. But to the Kerrigan’s it’s their home, their Castle. While it’s the classic tale of the little guy against Big Government and Big Business at its core it’s really about family and community values. R (for language I suppose) more and view a trailer

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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