Get CONNECTED at OPEN CINEMA’s Season 11 Launch, October 30th, 2013

This post published on October 10, 2013

Mark Your Calendars…we are BACK!

After an incredible summer of adventure travelling across Canada coast to coast, the OPEN CINEMA team are excited to announce our Season 11 launch on Wednesday October 30th, 2013! Read on for more details.

Get on the Doc Bus: Mile 0 to Mile 0!

photo of Mandy and the Doc Bus in Chester Nova Scotia. Less than a week ago, OPEN CINEMA founder and director Mandy Leith returned from her 17 week documentary pilgrimage from Mile 0 BC to Mile 0 Newfoundland. Mandy drove her VW Westfalia (aka the Doc Bus) 13,500 km through all ten provinces, meeting with over 150 documentary stakeholders in 25 cities to seed the development of a Cross Canada Community Cinema Network; the goal is to support and develop the under-represented documentary exhibition/presentation sector.  She’ll be talking about her experience at the October 3oth event, and meanwhile you can find out more on the Get on the Doc Bus website or check out Mandy’s daily photo blog of the 4-month journey. You can also follow the ongoing Doc Bus project on Facebook and Twitter.

OPEN CINEMA Fall 2013 Lineup

It seems appropriate to launch into our second decade of documentary screenings and community engagement with the touching and insightful documentary CONNECTED: An autoblography about love, death and technology. See below for all the event details.

Then on Wednesday, November 27th, we’re thrilled to offer the Victoria premiere of the highly acclaimed documentary GOOGLE and the WORLD BRAIN. This is the story of the most ambitious project ever conceived on 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. They had an even greater purpose – to create a higher form of intelligence, something that HG Wells had predicted in his 1937 essay “World Brain”. But over half the books Google scanned were in copyright, and authors across the world launched a campaign to stop Google, which climaxed in a New York courtroom in 2011. A film about the dreams, dilemmas and dangers of the Internet.

Come to OPEN CINEMA & get CONNECTED on October 30!

Tiffany Schlain’s documentary CONNECTED is a perfect springboard for discussion about the pros and cons of our wired world.

In this funny, eye-opening, and inspiring film, Director Tiffany Shlain takes audiences on an exhilarating rollercoaster ride to discover what it means to be connected in the 21st century. From founding The Webby Awards to being a passionate advocate for The National Day of Unplugging, her love/hate relationship with technology serves as the springboard for a thrilling exploration of modern life…and our interconnected future. Equal parts documentary and memoir, the film 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. A personal film with universal relevance, Connected explores how, after centuries of declaring our independence, it may be time for us to declare our interdependence instead. Find out more here.


Following the film OPEN CINEMA’s signature post-screening discussion will explore some of the Victoria area projects that are using social media and the internet to connect people for social good.

poster for OPEN CINEMA's Oct 30 screening of CONNECTEDHeather Bauer – Senior Climate Action Analyst, Prov of BC and Online Community Manager, Livesmart Leaders Climate Action BC

Jason Guille – Owner/Operator of Sunset Room and Founding Board member of the new Victoria Public Market at the Hudson

Mandy Leith – Digital storyteller and OPEN CINEMA founder & Director will talk about OPEN CINEMA’s documentary pilgrimage Get on the Doc Bus to seed a cross Canada community cinema network.

 Watch the livestream of the post-screening discussion.

Cash bar, The Joint pizza, Bubby Rose’s brownies, Fernwood coffee. Door prizes, as always!

Admission by donation: $10-20 suggested
Doors open at 5.30pm

CAN’T JOIN US IN PERSON? Tune into our livestream feed and join the #opencinema Tweetchat!

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See you at the connected movies, folks!

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