MEDIANET NEWS March 21, 2013

1. OPEN CINEMA presents Elemental, April 24
2. MediaNet’s Saturday Spring Workshops
3. Member’s news – Richard Boyce launches Indiegogo Campaign
4. Around Town
1. Coming Up at OPEN CINEMA
Our Season 10 Finale and Fundraiser!
On April 24, we will be screening the documentary Elemental, in partnership with Sierra Club BC.
This award-winning documentary tells the story of three people united by their deep connection to nature 
and driven to confront the ecological challenges of our time.
Featuring a post-screening discussion with: Briony Penn, environmental activist, writer, educator; Jesse Baltutis, POLIS
Water Sustainability Project and Caitlyn Vernon, Sierra Club BC.
Join the conversation virtually via #opencinema Tweetchat!
The discussion will also be livestreamed on our website.
We are looking for items for our silent auction. If you have something that you would like to contribute,
please contact us at
2. MediaNet’s Saturday Spring Workshops
Please note: Some of the dates have been changed
All workshops take place at the MediaNet office, #110 – 2750 Quadra St.
Please note: We have added Keyframing into the Intro workshops for Final Cut Pro X and 
Premiere Pro to create more comprehensive and streamlined workshops.
April 6, 11am-5pm – Getting Started in Final Cut Pro X (with Keyframing) – FULL – get on the waitlist
April 13, 11am-5pm – Getting Started in Premiere Pro (with Keyframing) (free for members)
April 27, 11am-2pm – Introduction to imovie (free for members)
New Date: May 4, 11am-3pm – Introduction to Encore (DVD/ BluRay burning) (members $10)
To register, contact Kirk or Catlin at
3. Members
MediaNet member Richard Boyce launching an Indiegogo Campaign for documentaries on Pipeline

Tomorrow is WORLD WATER DAY and I’m honour it by launching my next media campaign

There’s very little time left before the Harper government plans to approve the Enbridge Corporation’s Northern Gateway Pipeline Project in early 2014. This plan includes hundreds of supertankers navigating through the inside passage along the central coast of British Columbia, loaded with millions of barrels of Alberta Tarsands Bitumen for export to China.

This is one of the most pressing environmental issue of our time. These coastal waters are intense, the shorelines extremely rugged, and the environment extremely diverse. Before deciding its future people deserve to see more than animated TV ads, with glass calm waters absent of a maze of islands, produced by the Enbridge Corporation which is spending $350 million promoting its project.  My media project will reveal the reality of this incredible environment and I need your help to complete it. More details:

I’m taking an innovative approach to this media production by producing a series of short ‘mini-docs’ that I will post on the internet to meet pressing public deadlines, which will be combined to complete a full length documentary. I’ve started a fund raising campaign via Indiegogo to cover the production cost of the first ‘mini-doc,’ which needs to be released prior to the BC Election May 14, 2013

Please join me by donating and help spread this message by forwarding to friends. 
Cowboy Smithx to show work at First Peoples House, April 9
Filmmaker Cowboy Smithx will be screening work as a part of a crowd funding campaign at the University of Victoria’s
First People’s House on April 9 from 6-8pm.
He is seeking funds to complete his first feature film “Pensive Times of an Urban Tribe.”
The story is about a group of urban Indigenous people living in Toronto, Canada, who each face extreme situations in their daily lives as they battle their inner and outer demons.A young art student named Sally Black gets the group together to join her writers session and asks permission to share their stories. This becomes a blog site called The Pensive Times.
Video portraits of the 2013 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts Awards recipients are unveiled.
For the first time, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) partnered to commission Canadian Media artists to create videos that portray the recipients of the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts.
Seven filmmakers were paired with the seven winners and given complete creative control to produce unique videos that celebrate the winner’s achievements and their outstanding contributions to Canadian Culture. The video profiles are works of art in themselves, and as such reveal bits about the artists behind the camera.
The videos can be seen on The Canada Council’s website:

Grant Writing workshop for artists – Vancouver


Saturday, April 6, 2013, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Cineworks [1131 Howe, back lane entrance]

Members: $20, Non-members: $25

REGISTRATION: Please call 604.685.3841 or ie-mail


Walter Quan has been a Program Officer at the British Columbia Arts Council for the past 21 years.  He coordinates programs for individuals working in writing, visual and media arts, as well as for Professional Arts Training Organizations.  He is a native of Vancouver, attended UBC in Commerce and Music and has been seen variously with clarinets, knitting projects and handmade candles shaped like sushi.

Peg Campbell has been directing and producing award winning documentaries and narrative films since 1975.  Her films have received international acclaim, winning awards at the Genie’s, Banff International Television Festival, Melbourne Film Festival, Yorkton Short Film Festival, Northwest Film and Video Festival and the Information Film Producers of America. They have been broadcast on CBC, PBS, WTN, A&E, The Movie Channel and educational networks. She is Head of Film, Video + Integrated Media and an Associate Professor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.  

And Don’t Forget: May 31 is the deadline for BCAC’s Project Assistance to Media Artists.

An on-line site for photographers and photojournalists.
Open Space
Charles Campbell’s Transporter
Exhibition March 1 to April 6, 2013
Canada Connections
Pianist Philip Thomas will be joining us to showcase the music of Canadian and British composers. Philip specializes in performing experimental notated and improvised music and is known for his programs that provoke and suggest connections.
The concert on April 12, 2013, at 8:00 p.m. will include works by British composers Christopher Fox and Bryn Harrison and Canadian composers Martin Arnold and Cassandra Miller, as well as Luke by Victoria Symphony’s composer in residence, Michael Oesterle.
Date Friday, April 12, 2013, at 8:00 p.m.
Genre New Music
Event Canada Connections
Artist Philip Thomas (piano)
Place Open Space, 510 Fort Street
Admission General $15, students and members $10
Tickets available at the door (cash only) or in advance at
David Simmond’s screen actors’ studio
845 Fisgard St, Victoria B.C.  
Ph: 250-595-1339.
Movie Monday
6:30 pm Monday 25 March 2013
Winds Of Heaven – Emily Carr, Carvers and The Spirits of The Forest , 87 min, 2010
An impressionistic exploration of the spirit that informed the solitary life of one of Canada’s most celebrated and irrepressible painters. Emily Carr began painting in an era when women didn’t, at an age when most people shouldn’t, traveling to remote locations that few professional adventurers chose to go. Not only did she adopt the painting techniques of modernism, when such ideas were considered dangerous, Carr chronicled the extraordinary art and culture of native peoples, who were invisible to the dominant culture. Pg First in a new series of films about artists at MM. more
7:00 pm Wednesday 27 Mar 2013

Searching For Sugar Man, 2012, 86 min

Music Movie Wednesday!

The opening film at the Sundance Film Festival, this 2012 documentary focuses on the mysterious 1970’s American rock ‘n’ roller, Rodriguez. When a bootleg recording hit apartheid South Africa, he became a phenomenon but no one knew what happened to him. The film follows two South African fans who try to find out. Their investigation leads them to a story more extraordinary than any of the myths about their musical hero. Sugarman’s official site ~ trailerThis is a special event in co-operation with the Friends Of Music Society.

6:30 pm Monday 1 Apr 2013

Wretches & Jabberers, 90 min, 2011

Two men with autism embark on a global quest to change attitudes about disability and intelligence. Determined to put a new face on autism, Tracy Thresher, 42, and Larry Bissonnette, 52, travel to Sri Lanka, Japan and Finland. Growing up, our protagonists were presumed “retarded” and excluded from normal schooling. With limited speech, they both faced lives of social isolation in mental institutions or adult disability centers. When they learnt as adults to communicate by typing, their lives changed dramatically. Their world tour message is that the same possibility exists for others like themselves. more.

Movies are shown on a 12′ screen in the Eric Martin Pavilion in the 1900 block of Fort St. Admission by donation! Pop & popcorn at ridiculously low prices. 
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: Hit n’ Strum, Charlie Zone, Cloudburst and more!


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