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Vancouver is one of the busiest film and television production centres on the planet. But who powers this thriving local industry? The YVR Screen Scene Podcast seeks to answer that question. Award-winning film and television journalist Sabrina Furminger conducts revealing interviews with the actors, filmmakers, and other talented artists who power the Vancouver film and television industry in this eye-opening twice-weekly podcast.
 
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Women are vastly underrepresented in the visual effects part of the film and television industry, especially in key creative positions. In 2019, women only accounted for six per cent of visual effects supervisors ­– which is truly egregious when you consider that women make up nearly half of all film school graduates. The talent is there. Women jus…
 
YVR Screen Scene presents the Screen Scene Society Podcast. Each episode, co-hosts Christian Sloan (The Black Tapes, See) and Sabrina Furminger (The YVR Screen Scene Podcast) watch a new-ish film or television project with special guests from the film industry, and then podcast all about it. In Episode Three, Christian and Sabrina invite actor Ben …
 
Jessie Anthony is the filmmaking force behind Brother, I Cry. The feature film follows Jon, a young First Nations man, as he struggles to overcome addiction and avoid the multiple warrants out on him. Brother, I Cry – which won the Audience Choice award at imagineNATIVE and earned Jessie the award for Best BC Emerging Filmmaker at the 2020 Vancouve…
 
This episode contains not one but two fascinating interviews with fearless multidisciplinary creators. In the first act, filmmaker Mayumi Yoshida and singer-songwriter Amanda Sum talk about their music video for GROUPTHINK. The video – which was directed by Mayumi and filmed in summer 2020 – is in actuality a thought-provoking, evocative, and fanci…
 
Suanne Braun portrayed the goddess Hathor on Stargate SG-1. Hathor was a Villain with a capital V who used everything at her disposal – including über-powerful pheromones – to get what she wanted, be it civilizations to fall at her feet or men as big-brained as Jack O’Neill to obey her every command. Hathor, according to character Dr. Daniel Jackso…
 
Pat Mastroianni played Joey Jeremiah on Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High (and, later, on Degrassi: The Next Generation). The pre-Internet incarnations of Degrassi – all shot on location in Toronto-area schools – built a massive fanbase for tackling topics that weren’t being broached anywhere else on children’s television: interracial dating; …
 
You’d be forgiven for not associating Brent Butt with Vancouver, and instead picturing him behind the counter of a gas station in Dog River, Saskatchewan, AKA the setting for Corner Gas, the iconic comedy series turned movie turned animated series. But the road to Dog River includes some significant stops in Vancouver, and Brent remains a mainstay …
 
The inimitable Sachin Sahel (Eric Jackson on The 100) returns to the YVR Screen Scene Podcast to talk about Big COVID Feelings, saying goodbye to The 100 (and what it means to him to have had a character named “Sachin” in his honour), why Darkseid is the best/worst supervillain, and his strategies to be an effective ally in the ongoing social justi…
 
Actress Lisa Durupt is a queen of Christmas movies, an empress of the quirky corner, and a venerated dramatic powerhouse. Since her breakout role as the villainous Shandra in Mark McKinney’s Less Than Kind – which earned her a Gemini nomination and multiple Leo noms – Lisa has thrived in network, studio, and indie projects like Preggoland, Sunnyhea…
 
Much of the work in filmmaker Karen Lam’s filmography can be described as unsettling and weirdly empowering, and her latest film is all this and more. Karen’s newest feature film is The Curse of Willow Song, and it’s screening online and in-cinema this month as part of the 2020 Vancouver International Film Festival. The Curse of Willow Song tells t…
 
Director David Milchard and actors Christina Sicoli and Ben Cotton drop by the YVR Screen Scene Podcast studio to discuss their audacious new film, F*cking Idiots. The feature film – which also stars Stephen Lobo and Sara Canning and was written by Kris Elgstrand (Songs She Wrote About People She Knows) – tells the story of a broke married couple (…
 
Filmmaker Loretta Todd reflects on her long journey to bring the film adaptation of Eden Robinson’s cherished novel Monkey Beach to the big screen. The eagerly anticipated feature film – which opens the 2020 Vancouver International Film Festival, and then screens throughout – follows a young woman as she returns to her family in Kitimaat Village to…
 
Producer and showrunner Joseph Mallozzi (Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate Universe, Dark Matter, Utopia Falls) joins Sabrina Furminger for a rollicking and informative interview covering a wide range of topics, including: the legacy and future of Stargate (and the meaning behind “Five Chevrons Locked”); what he learns about storytelling a…
 
Giles Panton is Iron Man. No really! The busy voice actor can currently be heard voicing Iron Man in Marvel Battleworld: Mystery of the Thanostones. He also voiced Tarzan in Tarzan and Jane, and Clay Moorington in Nexo Knights, and can be heard in Max Steel, Last Kids on Earth, and the iconic My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Outside of the voic…
 
Philip Granger is an actor, producer, and educator based in Vancouver. His IMDb filmography goes on for miles, and includes Walt in Neon Rider, Coach Kolaski in Madison, Supernatural, Caprica, Rogue, and Winston in the highly underrated and gone-too-soon Ghost Wars. He won a Gemini Award for his performance in Neon Rider and a 2019 Leo Award for hi…
 
Inimitable actress Marci T. House talks about her upcoming role in Julie and The Phantoms, #covidlife, stage acting vs. screen acting vs. architecture, the many ways in which CBC’s Strange Empire was ahead of its time, and why she stays in Vancouver. Episode sponsor: UBCP/ACTRASabrina Furminger による
 
Beloved Vancouver actress Lynda Boyd (Republic of Doyle; Tin Star) talks plastic surgery, tattoos, mental health in the age of COVID-19, navigating an industry that doesn’t always value a woman’s worth, acting opposite Victor Garber, Sara Canning, and Diane Keaton, and what Allan Hawco really thought of her attempt at a Newfoundland accent. Also: s…
 
Stephen Lobo’s filmography is populated by characters who, despite being wildly different from each other, are nearly identical in how hard they fight for what they want: earnest Dev on Arctic Air; take-no-prisoners Kellog on Continuum; womanizing head chef Ramir on Godiva’s. It’s something that Stephen himself has exemplified since his very first …
 
Actor Richard Harmon (The 100) and filmmaker Jon Silverberg swing by the YVR Screen Scene Podcast to pull back the curtain on Woodland, an atmospheric and terrifying thriller about a down and out photographer named Jake (played by Richard) who is haunted by bad decisions and takes a job at a winter lodge up in a secluded part of Haida Gwaii. Jake’s…
 
Lexa Doig is known around the world for playing ass-kicking characters on beloved genre shows. She played the Andromeda Ascendent on Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda, an android and warship who didn’t like running from a fight, and was Sonya Valentine on Continuum, one of the Liber8 future terrorists. She appeared on Arrow as former member of the Leagu…
 
Director Shannon Kohli, actor Raylene Harewood and producer Jon Ornoy visit the YVR Screen Scene Podcast to dish on All Joking Aside, a dramatic feature film set in the world of stand-up comedy. All Joking Aside is Shannon’s directorial debut (although she’s no novice director; she’s won awards and acclaim for directing episodic television like Sup…
 
Filmmakers Luna Ferguson and Florian Halbedl visit the YVR Screen Scene Podcast to discuss Henry’s Heart, their short film that screens this month at the 2020 Vancouver Queer Film Festival. In Henry’s Heart, a man named Henry awakens in an overgrown field and travels through a nostalgic reflection of his life by reliving moments of his past loves. …
 
Gwynyth Walsh portrayed B’Etor – one of the iconic, scheming Duras sisters – on Star Trek: The Next Generation, but she’s more than that one powerful role. The Vancouver actress is an accomplished, award-winning actress with a diverse and impressive filmography. Her credit list includes animation, science fiction, heavy drama, Christmas movies, rom…
 
Fiona Forbes is a Vancouver media icon and veteran broadcaster who has interviewed more than 30,000 celebrities and newsmakers over the course of her career. Fiona hosted Urban Rush – later The Rush – on Shaw Television, before hosting the aptly titled talker, Fiona Forbes. She is currently senior creative producer and host for Hubcast Media. In th…
 
Showrunner Simon Barry returns to the YVR Screen Scene Podcast for a joyful and revealing conversation about Warrior Nun. Ten episodes of Warrior Nun dropped on Netflix on July 2, and almost immediately it became everyone’s newest obsession. The show is based on the comic book series Warrior Nun Areala by comic book artist Ben Dunn and tells the st…
 
Actor-playwright-columnist Omari Newton returns to the YVR Screen Scene Podcast to talk about the psychology of anti-maskers, dismantling white supremacy in the local film and television industry, being #40AF, and his upcoming podcast. Also: why does he choose to remain in Vancouver, and is the MCU’s Erik Killmonger a villain? Episode sponsor: UBCP…
 
The Order star Louriza Tronco reflects on Gabrielle Dupres’ wild season two story arc – including mauling the character played by her IRL BFF Sarah Grey and cozying up to Randall (played by Adam DiMarco) – and her own identity as a Filipino Canadian actress. Also: should Gabrielle feel guilty for what she did while Midnight was in control? All this…
 
Pop the champagne! The YVR Screen Scene Podcast is officially 100 episodes old – and for this epic podcasting milestone, we assembled an epic group of epic past guests for one epically epic episode (deserving of ALL of the “epics” in the preceding sentence): Amanda Tapping, Michael Eklund, Nicole Oliver, and Sharon Taylor. Over mid-morning, midweek…
 
We’ve packed two interviews into our milestone 99th episode! First up is a fascinating and wide-ranging catch-up with actor-producer John Cassini. John – who was recently nominated for three Leo Awards for acting – discusses his recent spate of passion projects (including Daughter and Volition), sharing screen-time with his brother Frank and wife J…
 
Netflix’s The Order is the epic, gory, sexy, emotional, and weirdly funny tale of two competing secret societies on a university campus: the titular Order, dedicated to practicing and protecting magic, and the Knights of St. Christopher, who are wisecracking, hard-drinking werewolves sworn to stamp out bad magic. The Order returned for its highly a…
 
Carmen Moore’s filmography is filled with complex characters wrestling with big emotions – characters like Simone on Godiva’s, Loreen on Arctic Air, and Leona Stoney on Blackstone. In the last decade, the industry seems to have woken up to Carmen’s immense talent: she’s received three Leo Awards for Best Lead Performance in a Dramatic Series for Bl…
 
Jacqueline Samuda has a Leo Award, two cats, a fan following for her work as the ruthless Goa'uld System Lord Nirrti on Stargate SG-1, and lots of stories to tell about all of the above. In this fascinating conversation with Sabrina Furminger, Jacqueline talks sci-fi, orphan kittens, her most memorable moment from her Stargate-SG1 days, fan convent…
 
Is the Vancouver film and TV industry racist? How can we dismantle anti-Black racism in the industry while servicing US shows that practice tokenism? What are micro-aggressions, and how and when do Black film workers experience micro-aggressions? Those are some of the questions covered in Amplifying Black Voices, a panel discussion organized by the…
 
Three documentarians with films screening as part of the 2020 DOXA Documentary Film Festival (which has moved online due to the pandemic) speak with Sabrina Furminger about their fearless fact-based work. Finding Sally director Tamara Dawit discusses her journey to learn everything she could about the activist aunt who went missing more than 40 yea…
 
Catherine Lough Haggquist is an award-winning actress, a producer, and an entrepreneur. She founded Biz Books in 1996, and she has more than 140 acting credits to her name, including Continuum, Supernatural, Chesapeake Shores, The Good Doctor, Aurora Teagarden Mysteries, numerous Christmas movies, and, most recently, Freeform’s Motherland: Fort Sal…
 
Nicole Leier is an actor, a producer, a director, and an activist. She’s African Canadian, she’s currently in LA, and she’s been nominated for two Leo Awards for acting: one in 2017 for Black Chicks – which was written and directed by Neil LaBute and explores race and racism in cishet relationships – and another this year for A Score to Settle, in …
 
Lee Shorten is an actor and a filmmaker who brings a unique perspective to both of those roles. As an actor, Lee digs for nuance and authenticity. We saw it in The Man in the High Castle. We saw it in The Terror: Infamy. And we saw it in It’s Not You. It’s Not Me, a short film about sexuality. As a filmmaker, Lee is sensitive and fearless. He wrote…
 
Aubrey Arnason is a director, an actor, a television host, a writer, and a hard-working prairie girl who grew up in a hockey family. In 2017, Aubrey was named one of Canada's Top 3 emerging female directors by Women In View; more recently, she directed an episode of the Emmy-nominated series Dino Dana. She has been nominated for an astounding 12 Le…
 
Pow! Crash! Boom! Lauro Chartrand-DelValle is a stunt performer, stunt actor, stunt coordinator, stunt double, stunt consultant, stunt motorcyclist, director, producer, writer – seriously, what doesn’t this guy do? According to IMDB, Lauro has upwards of 400 credits: more than anyone who has ever sat in our studio. He’s won seven Leo Awards, as wel…
 
Adrian Petriw returns to the YVR Screen Scene Podcast to talk about Adam’s journey in season two of Netflix’s The Hollow; his reaction to the shocking death of The Hollow's [SPOILER]; his lifelong love of Brio and Led Zeppelin; and how he’s navigating “The Quar.”Sabrina Furminger による
 
How can we combat the xenophobia and racism awakened by COVID-19? Barbara Lee from the Vancouver Asian Film Festival discusses the wave of attacks against Asians in North America, and how the organization’s #Elimin8Hate initiative aims to stem the tide. Episode sponsor: Fish Flight EntertainmentSabrina Furminger による
 
In this fascinating and no-holds-barred interview, award-winning multi-hyphenate Christie Will Wolf talks writing, directing, and producing made-for-television rom-coms and thrillers – and why her dystopian coming-of-age drama, Her Coming, is her most deeply personal work to date. Christie also discusses growing up on top of a ski shop and losing h…
 
Behold: a triple-bill of filmmaker interviews! Veteran documentarian Charles Wilkinson speaks about Haida Modern, his critically acclaimed deep-dive into the legacy and practice of Haida artist Robert Davidson; stunt artist-turned-filmmaker Dan Rizzuto reflects on his feature film directorial debut Torn: Dark Bullets, an action-thriller about polic…
 
CTV’s hit sitcom JANN stars iconic singer-songwriter Jann Arden as a fictionalized version of herself. It’s smartly written and brilliantly acted – somehow managing to be at once hilarious and profoundly moving – and it represents a “career achievement unlocked” for Vancouver screenwriter and showrunner Jennica Harper. Jennica has written and produ…
 
The “Big Guy” of the Vancouver film and television industry himself – Mr. Aleks Paunovic – returns to the YVR Screen Scene Podcast to preview his intense role on TNT’s highly anticipated Snowpiercer (including how it honours his real-life brother). He also reveals his middle name (Nebojsa!) AND his love of Hamilton, reflects on how his career goals…
 
Vincent Gale is an award-winning actor who has absolutely appeared in your favourite Vancouver series or film. Battlestar Galactica? He was Chief Peter Laird. Stargate Universe? He was Morrison. Bates Motel, Fathers & Sons, Supernatural, Hector and the Search for Happiness, Supergirl, Arrow, Sanctuary, Cold Squad, The Outer Limits, 21 Jump Street, …
 
Episode Seventy-Three could easily be divided into two separate episodes – one the riveting origin story of a busy screenwriter, and the other a deep-dive into the nuanced relationship between actor and scribe – but presented together, the separate story arcs form one incredible journey. Ted Sullivan is a writer and producer whose filmography inclu…
 
What will the cinema landscape look like after COVID-19? It’s one of the questions we posed to Tom Charity, the year-round programmer at VIFF Vancity Theatre, during a recent interview. In a normal year – a year unlike 2020 – VIFF Vancity Theatre is alive with film. It’s the home of the Vancouver International Film Festival, and in the weeks leadin…
 
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