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VUCAVU launches #EyeOnVU


Streaming the best in Canadian film and video, VUCAVU is a new online platform featuring over 1000 titles, including over 150 titles from the Video Pool Media Arts Centre’s catalogue, with more being added every week. On Wednesday, February 15 VUCAVU launched its #EyesOnVU campaign which features themed programs guest-curated by a diverse group of Canadian artists and curators.

The #EyesOnVU/#EntreVU themed programs will be launched every second Wednesday until September. The programs are FREE to stream and include interviews with the curator.

VUCAVU is a bilingual video-on-demand service for the general public and a great resource for educators, researchers and curators. With works being added daily it is becoming a much sought-after sight for artists to feature their work and for programmers and educators to find works to screen.

For more info on VUCAVU please contact:

Jennifer Smith

Video Pool Distribution Coordinator


204-949-9134 x.4

Camera Fundamentals Workshop with Wendy Buelow

Over this two afternoon workshop we will be working with Video Pool’s Sony HD cameras such the Sony FS700, FS100, NEX EA50 as well as an introduction to the 4K PXW FS7. Participants will learn to use the manual settings of these cameras, gaining greater control to produce video of the highest quality.  We’ll be learning about exposure, white balance, gain control, shutter settings, audio settings, lighting situations, zebra stripes and more! There will be plenty of hands-on practice during this workshop, and we’ll also be discussing how to manage the media after a shoot.


Dates: Saturday, March 18 and Sunday, March 19 (Noon – 4pm)

Fees: $70 member / $90 non-member

Location: Video Pool Studio (300 – 100 Arthur St.)

Limit: 6 Participants

Instructor: Wendy Buelow

About the instructor:

Wendy Buelow has been a camera operator and editor at CBC News in Winnipeg for many years and has worked on numerous documentaries and television shows.

For more information:

Please contact the Education Coordinator at  vped@videopool.org

Online Screening: Journeys (Or alternatives to the Monomyth)

Journeys (Or alternatives to the Monomyth)

curated by Jessica Murwin

Brief Encounters and Sustained Engagement by Freya Björg Olafson

2012 | 10:00

Brief Encounters & Sustained Engagement is part of the AVATAR series exploring methods of creating, validating and disseminating one’s identity through the use of technology and the Internet.  The series is inspired by the mantra “I post therefore I am”, whereby Internet users legitimize their existence by documenting their lives and uploading this media to personal webpages and blogs.  The work in this series facilitates an inquiry into our desire to share and publicize our lives.

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Missed the online screening? Watch Brief Encounters & Sustained Engagement on VUCAVU.com now!

Eye Eye Captain! (Eau Claire) by Shawn Olin Jordan

2011 | 3:15

Narrated tale of the dynamics between passengers on a ship and extreme weather conditions using archived televised hurricane weather reports. The piece weaves together multiple layers of meaning: shifting perceptions, a mythological journey, and contemporary environmental issues.

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Missed the online screening? Watch Eye Eye Captain! (Eau Claire) on VUCAVU.com now!

Roundtrip by Caroline Blais

2013 | 3:11

Leaving to travel, uprooting yourself, discovering new geographies, getting lost, finding yourself.

Partir en voyage, se dépayser, être dérouté, se changer les idées, revenir transformé.


Missed the online screening? Watch Roundtrip on VUCAVU.com now!

Call to Adventure:

Brief Encounters & Sustained Engagement (Freya Bjorg Olafson, 2010)

You have woken from a dream into somewhere even stranger. A woman dances alone in a

room. The image is distorted, but you can make her out. A stream of individuals, one after

another, watches the woman. Some are curious, some baffled, some upset. But there is no

denying this act of dual voyeurism is exciting. Each new random individual representing a

potential interlocutor, changing the experience of the performance.

Multiple paths branch out. This is our starting point.

Initiation: Wherein we face the road of trails, woman is positioned as trouble source and

temptress, and clarity comes.

Eye Eye Captain (Eau Claire) (Shawn Olin Jordan, 2011)

A harrowing tale, a myth, in which the Captain of a tall ship has god-like powers to summon

storms and the narrator must be strapped to the mast for her own protection. What was it they

were after? Where was it they were going? At it’s heart, however, is much different narrative

about a journey less tangible.

Through experience we have become wiser.

The Return:

Roundtrip (Caroline Blais, 2013)

It has grown dark. The rhythm and structure of Roundtrip is hypnotic as we move through

landscapes that manage to be both nostalgic and unfamiliar; a cross-country through

fragments of land and sky, seasons and climates. We have traveled far and in this calm we

realized that we are home again, we have arrived.

Jessica Murwin is an independent filmmaker and programmer based in Montreal, Quebec.

Her focus is championing stories about and by women, First Nations and LGBTQAI+ peoples

in the hopes of reclaiming narratives from white-cis-hetero-patriarchy. She would love to get

to know your pets.

Call for Curators for 2017 Online Screening Series

Video Pool is home to Winnipeg’s only dedicated video archive of experimental and documentary work.  It is an incredible national treasure, developed from nearly four

stills from March 2016 online screening from Wendy Geller, Christine Kirouac and Divya Mehra

stills from March 2016 online screening from Wendy Geller, Christine Kirouac and Divya Mehra

decades of material! For the past four years Video Pool Media Arts Centre has been holding online screenings three to four times a year, that allow us to share the video gems that are part of our archive. The titles are made available to view for free on Video Pool’s website for a 48 hour period.

We are seeking curators for 3 online screenings. Curators will be responsible for choosing 3 videos from the Video Pool Media Arts Centre catalogue, write a brief text (2 to 3 paragraphs) about the program they have put together, and promote the program. Curators will receive $150 for their time.

Video Pool is responsible for providing the support of our Distribution Coordinator to help the curator access videos they would like to preview, pay artist fees, do promotion of the screening, and set up the videos on our website.

The themes for the screening are open, however we would like the first screening to be in conjunction with International Women’s Day on March 8, 2017. The following screenings would take place in August and November.

The purpose of the screenings is to activate our archive and make artists work more accessible to the public. We will be using the screenings as an educational and fundraising opportunity for the archive.

Please email a letter of interest including a subject you would like to research and CV to:

Jennifer Smith


204-949-9134 x.4

Deadline February 12, 2017

Applying for an Exhibition with Jennifer Smith

Applying for an Exhibition

Do you want to exhibit your work in artist-run -Centres across Canada?  Jennifer Smith will be offering a 3 hour workshop on the process of applying for exhibition in galleries.  The workshop will include a list of galleries that are friendly to exhibiting Media Arts, how to get your application together and insights on what juries are looking for.

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Instructor: Jennifer Smith

Dates: Thursday, February 16th (6pm-9pm)

Limit: 15 Participants

Fees: $20 member / $30 non-member


About the Instructor:  Jennifer Smith is the Distribution Coordinator at Video Pool media Arts Centre, she spends her days working to exhibition at galleries and at festivals around the world for the artists in distribution with Video Pool.


Please contact vped@videopool.org for more details.

Documentary Filmmaking with Luther Alexander

Documentary Filmmaking TIPS

Are you constantly thinking of Documentary film ideas but don’t know where to start?  This is the course for you; from observational to reflective this class will cover the different types of Documentary filmmaking.  Documentary film has many different aspects of production and Luther will include tips for lighting, sound and cinematography when teaching this course.


Instructor: Luther Alexander

Dates: Thursday, February 9th (6pm – 10pm)

Limit: 15 Participants

Fees: $40 member / $50 non-member


About The Instructor:  Luther Alexander is a filmmaker in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He has directed short-form narratives in experimental, drama and documentary film using 16mm and digital formats. Alexander has built his experience on several projects from short film, feature film, music video and documentary taking on many roles from production assistant to cinematographer. He aims to be an established filmmaker in the film industry. He enjoys coffee, reading and analyzing films.

Please contact vped@videopool.org for more details.

Video Pool Indigenous Youth Mentorship Program

The Indigenous Youth Mentorship Program was a collaboration with Community Education Development Association (CEDA/Pathways).  Each participant was paired with a mentor from the arts community; Niki Little, Luther Alexander and Jackie Traverse to learn and create a video project.  This project was supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Artist and Community Collaboration grant.


Kyler Harper | Simulation | 5 minutes | 2016

Simulation is a short film about a hacker named Neil Spencer who can hack with a phone working alongside by Lindsay Swift a very smart secretary. The two of them try to get an upgrade to get promoted, but an ordinary man stops them with superior hacking skills then Neil.


Curtis Harper | Circle of Confusion | 3 minutes | 2016

Circle of Confusion is a short film about a young man lost in the forest.  He’s desperate and looks for a way out. While looking for a place to find home he finds an abandoned house; a vision quest based on longing for a good home.


Jaylene Storm and Winona Bearshield | Going With The Flow | 3 minutes | 2016

This collaborative work was made by Jaylene and Winona along with their mentor Jackie Traverse as an experimentation for their first film.  It was inspired by the city of Winnipeg and what surrounds them here, including pizza, indigenous artists, and Video Pool.



If you would like to screen these videos please contact the Distribution Coordinator Jennifer Smith at vpdist@videopool.org.

Video Pool Holiday Rental Deal!



It’s that time of year again – Video Pool’s annual holiday rental deal! 11 days for the price of 3 days! WOW! Come into Video Pool or call us to book your gear. First come first serve basis, and all rentals must be picked up by December 23!

Contact the Technical Department today for bookings vptech@videopool.org or 204-949-9134 x.1

On the Bright Side of Down by Grant Guy

Price: $22.00
Shipping: $4

A new book from one of Video Pool’s Founding Members!

On The Bright Side of Down by Grant Guy. He takes us on a road trip across the changing landscapes of time, styles and form. Grant takes us to the last stand of Johnny Ringo, to the back-road circuses and sideshows that pulled their wagons across the Great Plains and Prairies of the United States and Canada, and growing up in a small town where hopes are big, temptation out of reach and outcomes undetermined. The living, the dead and the inanimate get a chance to say their piece, sometimes deadpan and sometimes tongue- in-cheek, in this collection of writings of truths, half truths and lies. Reality. Legend. Myth.

Grant Guy is a Winnipeg writer, playwright, theatre director and designer, who has designed and directed productions across Canada. He has written a number of plays for his theatre company Adhere + Deny (1999-2014). His work on the idea of the Old West appeared in his monologues during the 1980s and ‘90s, reappearing in his unproduced play Westward Ho, which eventually was turned into the short story The Go-Devil. He continues to write short stories, poems and subjective travelogues on the Canadian and American Old/New West history and myths. Grant’s writings have been published widely and he has written responses to several art exhibits. In 2004 he was selected for the Manitoba Arts Council’s Award of Distinction.


Advanced After Effects Workshop with Rylaan Gimby

Want to double up and dig a little deeper into After Effects? One of the most powerful digital compositing softwares out there. Get ready to drop the Saul Bass as you create titles worthy to introduce your brilliant work, or let out your inner JJ Abrams as you cover your screen in artificial lens flares.  This 4 hour class will cover:

– Parenting

– Pre Composing

– Effects

– Keying

– Blend Modes and Alpha mattes

– Solids

– Masks

– Shape Layers

– Particle effect

– Keying effects

maxresdefaultInstructor: Rylaan Gimby

Dates: Sunday, November 27th (Noon – 4)

Location: Video Pool Studio (300 – 100 Arthur St.)

Limit: 6 Participants

Fees: $60 member / $80 non-member

Prerequisite: Intro to After Effects /

or previous experience with AE software


About The Instructor: Rylaan is a commercial and multimedia artist based out of Winnipeg. He has been working with after effects for almost 10 years, utilizing it for animation, motion graphics, and visual effects.

For more information on workshops, please contact the Education Coordinator at  vped@videopool.org