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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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    Episode 255: Brenna Coates and Jessica Steen

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2023 31:53

    Brenna Coates lit up the screen as Lucy on CBC's Coroner and in the indie horror thriller The Sinners, and also won a 2018 Dora Mavor Moore Theatre Award for her work in Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem. Jessica Steen's long list of credits includes Stargate SG-1, Republic of Doyle, NCIS, and Lisa Stillman on Heartland, the longest-running hour-long scripted drama in Canadian history. Brenna and Jessica are both powerhouses in their own rights, so it's little surprise that they make absolute magic together playing daughter and mother in Stream Queen, a scripted audio comedy which takes us into the unfiltered lives of Gen Z vloggers. Stream Queen was written and directed by Hayley Tyson and has lived in the podcasting charts since dropping its five episodes in September. In this funny and fascinating interview, Jessica and Brenna talk about the joys and challenges of creating a sitcom for our ears, and how they really feel about the whole world of vlogging. Episode sponsor: UBCP/ACTRA

    Episode 254: Johannah Newmarch and John Emmet Tracy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2023 68:42

    Johannah Newmarch and John Emmet Tracy are equally matched in terms of talent, fearlessness, and generosity of spirit. Johannah is beloved for her work as Molly on When Calls The Heart, and for her many film and television projects spanning all genres, including Garage Sale Mysteries, Project Mc2, Gracepoint, and Polaris. John Emmet Tracy is known 'round the world for his scene-stealing roles on Batwoman, iZombie, Supernatural, and as ruthless legal eagle Ellis Steele on Yellowstone. Separate, they're award-winning and well-respected actors; together, they're #IndustryBFFs. In the seventh instalment of our ongoing #IndustryBFFs series, Johannah and John reflect on their years of friendship, their roles on hit series, and Johannah's abiding passion for snacks. Episode sponsor: UBCP/ACTRA

    Episode 253: Michelle Harrison

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2023 55:34

    Michelle Harrison has portrayed Nora Allen on The Flash for all of its nine seasons. Being Nora Allen is a big responsibility: Nora's untimely death in the pilot is the event that sets everything in motion. Nora is seen in multiple timelines, as the embodiment of the Speed Force, and as the ultimate representation of motherhood, love, and sacrifice – and the woman who portrays her contains just as many multitudes. Michelle's lengthy list of credits includes inventive sci-fi like Continuum and The Magicians and Eureka, crime procedurals like Take Two, family dramas like When Calls the Heart, seasonal fare like The Christmas House and The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls, and thrilling works that defy genre, like Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein's critically acclaimed feature, Freaks. Soon she'll be seen acting opposite her Flash colleague Jesse L. Martin in Re: Uniting, the highly anticipated feature film directorial debut from Laura Adkin. In this fascinating conversation with Sabrina Rani Furminger, Michelle talks time travel, finding her mark, working with Jesse L. Martin in two projects, and her nine years in Nora Allen's pink sweater. Episode sponsor: UBCP/ACTRA

    Episode 252: Amanda and Sabrina go to Paris

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2023 44:06

    Amanda Tapping is beloved around the world for iconic roles on Stargate SG-1 and Sanctuary and her ever-growing list of television directing credits (including an impressive run as an executive producer on the cult favourite Freeform series Motherland: Fort Salem); Sabrina Rani Furminger is host of the YVR Screen Scene Podcast. Since Amanda and Sabrina's first interview together in January 2013 (for a Westender cover story entitled “What's next for Amanda Tapping?”), the pair have grown to become dear friends. In late November 2022, the pals packed their bags and flew to Paris, where Amanda was scheduled to appear at Paris Manga alongside her former Stargate SG-1 co-star Richard Dean Anderson – and while sipping bubbly beverages at a sidewalk bistro on the eve of the convention, they decided to record an episode of the YVR Screen Scene Podcast. Tune in as Amanda and Sabrina break with the podcast's usual studio format and discuss their decade of friendship, the last days of Motherland: Fort Salem, Richard Dean Anderson, and what comes next. Episode sponsor: Fish Flight Entertainment

    Episode 251: Jules Koostachin

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2022 49:22

    Dr Jules Arita Koostachin wrote and directed Broken Angel, a thrilling dramatic feature that premiered at the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival, won the award for Best Feature at the 2022 American Indian Film Festival, and screens at the 2022 Whistler Film Festival. Broken Angel is a story about healing and mental illness, family and acceptance, domestic violence and legacy, and trauma and survival. It's also a bold narrative feature film directorial debut from Jules, and a stunning showcase for its actors, including Sera-Lys McArthur (who won the award for Best Actress at AIFF for her performance in Broken Angel), Brooklyn Letexier-Hart, Asivak Koostachin, and Jules herself. In this fascinating conversation with Sabrina Rani Furminger, Jules discusses this moment in her life and career, working with her sons, why it's essential to portray domestic violence on screen (and do so with intent and care), and where she plans to take audiences next. Episode sponsor: Fish Flight Entertainment

    Episode 250: Jewel Staite and Paul McGillion

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2022 57:32

    Jewel Staite and Paul McGillion are two wildly talented actors with lengthy filmographies and stellar reputations. Jewel is beloved for her work on Firefly, Serenity, Stargate Atlantis, her hilarious tweets and TikToks, and for her leading role as Abigail Bianchi on the award-winning and critically acclaimed television series Family Law. And Paul is renowned for roles on Stargate Atlantis, Firefly Lane, The Flash, and for being one of the nicest humans in the Vancouver film and television industry. Both Jewel and Paul have previously appeared on the YVR Screen Scene Podcast, and during those appearances, both Jewel and Paul spoke about the other with a whole lotta love. For our milestone 250th episode – and the sixth in our #IndustryBFFs series – Jewel Staite and Paul McGillion sit down with Sabrina Rani Furminger to talk about their friendship, convention adventures, food, and one potent margarita machine. Episode sponsor: UBCP / ACTRA

    Episode 249: Leah Gibson

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2022 57:49

    Leah Gibson has lit up the screen in an array of critically acclaimed shows like Manifest, Arctic Air, Batwoman, and Jessica Jones, where she played troubled nurse Inez Green. She was nominated for a 2022 UBCP/ACTRA Award for her work on Joe Pickett, Paramount Plus' astounding neo-Western crime drama. Leah plays Jeannie Keeley, a wife and a mom who is all passion, all fire, and, according to another character, a “real live one.” This month, Leah will bring her passion and fire to the Vancouver stage in a production of David Ives' mysterious, funny, and erotic drama Venus in Fur directed by Brian Markinson. In this compelling and entertaining conversation with Sabrina Rani Furminger, Leah reflects on what she learned playing characters like Jessica Jones' Inez and Joe Pickett's Jeannie, and what's she's learning anew in Venus in Fur. Episode sponsor: UBCP / ACTRA

    Episode 248: Brady Roberts and Sachin Sahel

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2022 55:36

    In the fifth episode of our ongoing #IndustryBFFs series, actors Brady Roberts (Paper Champions) and Sachin Sahel (The 100) talk about their friendship forged in wrestling, why the new monthly wrestling show Boom! Pro Wrestling is the hottest ticket in Vancouver, and the coffee meeting that changed everything. Episode sponsor: UBCP / ACTRA

    Episode 247: Karin Konoval

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2022 44:51

    Karin Konoval is a highly accomplished actress with a knack for disappearing into complex, sometimes non-human, roles. Karin portrayed an orangutan named Maurice in the Planet of the Apes films. In 2018, she won a UBCP/ACTRA award for the dual role of Chucky and Judy in The X-Files, and in 2019, she was inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame. She's beloved for playing Deena Petringa on the most watched television drama in the world, The Good Doctor, for her work as Dr. Pelton on Snowpiercer, and for dozens of other scene-stealing roles on screens large and small. Karin is also a painter, a photographer, a dancer, and a writer. Her latest book, On Constance, is the story of her journey to, and then through, the remarkable city of New Orleans for four months in 2013. It's a memoir of a profound summer, and what it means to find resonance and joy in unexpected encounters and unlikely places. In this fascinating conversation with Sabrina Rani Furminger, Karin reflects on her time in New Orleans, bringing On Constance to life, and what it means to move through a magical city while in an orangutan state of mind. Episode sponsor: UBCP/ACTRA

    Episode 246: Meredith Hambrock and Jennifer Siddle

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2022 47:03

    In the fourth episode of our ongoing #IndustryBFFs series, screenwriters Meredith Hambrock (Corner Gas Animated) and Jennifer Siddle (Some Assembly Required) talk the inner workings of a comedy writer's room, Vancouver humour, guff-giving, and what a friendship between two comedy writers can look like IRL. Episode sponsor: UBCP/ACTRA

    Episode 245: Adrian and Sabrina talk about Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2022 72:21

    Actor Adrian Petriw appeared on the YVR Screen Scene Podcast in 2019 and 2020 to talk about his voice acting career and eat babka with host (and fellow Ukrainian) Sabrina Rani Furminger. But those previous appearances were before February 24, 2022, when Russia fully invaded Ukraine, displacing and traumatizing millions of Ukrainians, killing thousands, and mobilizing Ukrainians in the diaspora to do whatever they could to help. In the first month of the war, Adrian and Sabrina co-produced YVR Screen Scene For Ukraine, a gala fundraiser and online auction that raised more than $37,000 for Ukrainian humanitarian relief. Eight months later, Ukrainians continue to fight for their right to exist – and Ukrainians in the diaspora have seen public interest in Ukraine ebb and flow, come and go. Says Sabrina: “There is a special pain that comes with watching the world lose interest in the genocide of your people, a special rage that takes over when people you thought were your friends tweet that Ukraine should negotiate with the terrorists intent on erasing it from the map, and a special gratitude that surfaces when the world – and the media, and your friends – bears witness.” In this emotional and freewheeling episode, Sabrina and her Ukrainian-brother-from-another-mother Adrian talk about the war, what it's been like to navigate the entertainment industry as Ukrainians in the diaspora while Ukrainians in Ukraine fight for their lives, and how allies can help. Episode sponsor: UBCP/ACTRA

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    Episode 244: Women in Film and Television Vancouver is changing its name; Eli Morris explains why

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2022 37:19

    On October 4, Women in Film and Television Vancouver – AKA WIFTV – announced that it would be making some significant changes to its name, its long-running Vancouver International Women in Film Festival, and its logo. In a letter to the WIFTV membership, they wrote, “We believe that everybody who has faced historical exclusion and marginalization due to patriarchy and sexism is deserving of our organization's support. However, we have received ongoing feedback from our community members that WIFTV's current name does not welcome or include them, which goes against our values and mission as an organization… It's vital that WIFTV's language evolves with the times so that we can continue our mission of advancing and celebrating gender equity in screen-based media.” In this poignant episode, WIFTV's Executive Director Eli Morris joins Sabrina Rani Furminger to discuss WIFTV's journey to this historic moment, the barriers faced by trans and genderqueer people in the film and television industry, and the role that anger can play in social equity work. Episode sponsor: Fish Flight Entertainment

    Episode 243: Actor Patrick Keating shares his prison story

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2022 49:02

    Patrick Keating is the creative force behind Inside/Out: A Prison Memoir, a theatrical performance film in which Patrick shares his real-life story of years spent in and out of Canada's penitentiary system. Patrick is an actor and storyteller who has performed in more than 40 stage productions and close to 60 television and film productions, including Virgin River, The Flash, Resident Alien, and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Inside/Out: A Prison Memoir was created for a Virtual Screening Tour of prisons and correctional facilities across Canada in 2021. It also screened at the Edinburgh Fringe and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, and was awarded Best Inspirational Film by the Washington Film Awards in 2022. And this month, it will screen in Vancouver at the Heart of the City Festival. As Patrick says in his remarkable film, “Not a day goes by when that shit doesn't bounce back at me: the sights, the sounds, the smells, the faces. Ghosts: it's all there, all wired in.” Patrick speaks with Sabrina Rani Furminger about those ghosts, how his time on the inside impacts his life on the outside, and why it's important for Canadians to talk about the prison system. Episode sponsor: UBCP/ACTRA

    Episode 242: What working in the film industry can be like for people with disabilities

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2022 32:59

    Roughly 6.2 million Canadians – or 25% of the population – live with some form of disability, but that high number hasn't led to an accessible society. In the film and television industry, countless barriers exist for people with disabilities that simply don't exist for people without them. In the first of our new series of episodes about disability and accessibility in #BCFilm, actor and advocate Amy Amantea joins Sabrina Rani Furminger to discuss the challenges faced by film workers with disabilities, the damage done by tropes and thoughtless language, attitudinal barriers, and what can be done to make the industry accessible for all. Episode sponsor: UBCP / ACTRA

    Episode 241: Kai Bradbury

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2022 64:48

    Over the last several years, Kai Bradbury has made a name for himself playing characters who dabble in deception. On Motherland: Fort Salem, he played the bird-wielding male witch Gerit who shows up in Fort Salem to participate in Beltane and lies to Tally about his relationship status. As rogue scientist Nate on The Imperfects, he lured monsters Abbi, Tilda, and Juan into a potentially devastating trap. He can currently be seen on Virgin River as Denny, Doc's long-lost grandson who comes to town with a number of secrets and possible nefarious motives. Kai's other credits include The Terror, Warigami, Altered Carbon, The Man in the High Castle, and the music video for Amanda Sum's Undecided Minds. In this compelling and entertaining episode, Kai talks the art of deception, the art of make believe, Hot Pockets, his mixed heritage, working with Sarah Dugdale, and much more. Episode sponsor: UBCP / ACTRA

    Episode 240: Catherine Lough Haggquist Returns!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2022 67:07

    For three seasons, Catherine Lough Haggquist portrayed General Petra Bellweather on Freeform's Motherland: Fort Salem. The dramatic series imagined a world where the witches of Salem entered into a pact with non-magical humans that made them a celebrated and powerful military force – and General Bellweather rose through the ranks (and the series) to become the highest ranking witch in the military. This gave Cat the opportunity to kick ass both literally and figuratively, which she discussed during her first appearance on the YVR Screen Scene Podcast after Motherland's first season. This most recent season of Motherland: Fort Salem – which was its triumphant third and final season – saw Petra trying to protect witchkind while under the constant surveillance of an antagonistic non-magical civilian state. In this compelling conversation with Sabrina Rani Furminger, Cat reflects on Petra's journey (including that iconic pen scene), her final days on Motherland: Fort Salem, working with Sheryl Lee Ralph, Demetria McKinney, and Bob Frazer, and how her experience in Petra's world changed her own. Episode sponsor: UBCP / ACTRA

    Episode 239: Morgan Holmstrom

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2022 84:38

    Morgan Holmstrom plays a nurse who takes no guff and gives everything she has to the people she loves on CBC and Paramount Plus' action-packed dramatic series SkyMed. In the APTN limited series Shadow of the Rougarou, she lights up the screen as a Metis-Cree fur trapper who must face the curse that ripped her life apart as a child – a role for which she was nominated for a 2022 Leo Award. And in Day of the Dead, she played former Special Forces working on a fracking crew whose discovery of a mysterious body plunges her into the middle of a zombie invasion. These are powerful women; women with agency; women who kick ass, who know who they are, and who can be at once vulnerable and volatile. They're all thrilling characters of substance, which is also an apt description for Morgan herself. In this fascinating episode of the YVR Screen Scene Podcast, Morgan talks about her journey to SkyMed, the surprising way she prepped for her Day of the Dead role, how COVID changed her approach to The Work, and elephants. Episode sponsor: UBCP / ACTRA

    Episode 236: Filmmaker Kat Jayme investigates a sprawling sports mystery

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 41:15

    You would be hard-pressed to find a bigger fan of the Vancouver Grizzlies than Kat Jayme. Not only did Kat grow up a fan of the ill-fated NBA franchise, but she's parlayed that childhood passion into a number of films, including We The West, 2018's festival hit Finding Big Country (in which she successfully tracked down NBA enigma Bryant “Big Country Reeves), and The Grizzlie Truth, in which she seeks to investigate a sprawling sports mystery: who is responsible for robbing Vancouver of the Grizzlies? To die-hard fans of the Vancouver Grizzlies, the team's abrupt move to Memphis in 2001 is much more than a sore spot, it's an unsolved mystery and possibly a criminal conspiracy. And there is no one on this planet better suited to tackle this mystery than Kat Jayme, and her findings – in the form of wildly entertaining, wholly gripping, and surprisingly heartwarming The Grizzlie Truth – has its world premiere at the 2022 Vancouver International Film Festival. In this fascinating episode of the YVR Screen Scene Podcast, Kat reflects on her spectacular journey into the heart of a baffling sports mystery. Episode sponsor: Fish Flight Entertainment

    Episode 237: Nisha Platzer and Joella Cabalu

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 35:35

    back home premieres this month at the 2022 Vancouver International Film Festival. The film follows filmmaker Nisha Platzer's journey to get to know her older brother Josh 20 years after he took his own life. Over the span of five years, Nisha connects with the friends who knew Josh best as a teenager; it isn't long before his chosen family becomes hers, too. back home is a haunting and nuanced film, shifting between past and present, employing 16mm and Super 8 footage, sometimes dream-like and out of focus – and even though tragedy and trauma are present, so are connection, growth, and love. We watch as Nisha tries to make sense of something that doesn't always make sense, and learn how to make space for grief in her life. In this riveting episode, Nisha Platzer and producer Joella Cabalu discuss their remarkable journey to bring back home to the screen. Content warning: This episode contains frank talk about suicide. If you're thinking about suicide or are worried about a friend or a loved one, the Canada Suicide Prevention Service is available 24/7/365 at 1.833.456.4566. You can also find links to international suicide prevention and mental health support services below. You matter. You're not alone.Episode sponsor: Fish Flight Entertainment

    Episode 238: Anthony Shim

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 52:07

    Anthony Shim (Daughter) directed, wrote, edited, produced, and acted in Riceboy Sleeps, the staggering coming of age film that screens at the 2022 Vancouver International Film Festival. The dramatic feature tells the story of a South Korean immigrant and single mom, So-young, who is raising her son Dong-hyun in the Vancouver suburbs in the 1990s. So-young desperately wants to instill a sense of pride in the boy. In turn, he only wants to be considered “Canadian” in hopes of avoiding bullying at school. As Dong-hyun grows older, his frustrations over knowing nothing about his father are only exasperated when So-young introduces a surrogate patriarch into his life. A cruel twist of fate sends the pair back to South Korea, where all will be revealed about the family's history. The film was shot in Canada and South Korea and had its world premiere at the venerable 2022 Toronto International Film Festival, where it was awarded the Platform Prize. Riceboy Sleeps explores the high cost that many immigrants pay – emotionally, spiritually, physically, and culturally – while striving to build their lives in Canada's so-called multicultural utopia. In this contemplative conversation, Anthony Shim reflects on the real-life events that led to Riceboy Sleeps, and how his identity as a Korean Canadian informs his work. Episode sponsor: UBCP / ACTRA

    Episode 235: ‘The Imperfects' showrunner Dennis Heaton

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 48:32

    Showrunner Dennis Heaton returns to the YVR Screen Scene Podcast to talk about The Imperfects, his latest fantastical series that premiered on Netflix earlier this month. The Imperfects are Tilda, Abbi, and Juan, three 20-somethings who band together to hunt down the scientist responsible for turning them into monsters via experimental gene therapy and forcing him to make them human again. Tilda is a banshee. Abbi is a succubus. Juan is a chupacabra. But these monsters aren't nearly as monstrous as the humans they encounter in their quest. Ten episodes of The Imperfects dropped on September 8, and it hit the Netflix Top 10 all over the world almost immediately – which speaks to the deliciously rendered characters, to the nuanced performances of the leading trio Morgan Taylor Campbell, Rhianna Jagpal, and Iñaki Godoy and veteran stars Italia Ricci, Rhys Nicholson, Rekha Sharma, and Kyra Zagorsky, and to the writing and entire conceit of the show. In today's episode of the YVR Screen Scene Podcast, Sabrina grills Dennis about the hows and whys of The Imperfects, including his long history with monsters, his experience in the director's chair, how the show found its Sarkov, the Easter egg he'd planned for fans of The Order, and what #Chupi fans should do if they want more. Episode sponsor: Fish Flight Entertainment

    Episode 234: Kandyse McClure

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 82:58

    Kandyse McClure's filmography is populated by a staggering range of characters. On the critically acclaimed and beloved Battlestar Galactica, Kandyse portrayed Anastasia “Dee” Dualla, a passionate woman who fought, loved, dreamt, and, ultimately, succumbed to despair. As Nicte Batan in the third and final season of Motherland: Fort Salem, she wrestled with her character's past as a terrorist while forging unexpected alliances. As Sam in Neill Blomkamp's wildly entertaining horror film Demonic, she embodied the stuff of nightmares; and as Golden Eyes in the genre-defying feature film Sew the Winter to My Skin – a role for which she was nominated for an African Movie Academy Award – she somehow managed to speak volumes about the impact of oppression on humanity without actually speaking many words at all. Other recent work includes GenZeroes (the cutting-edge project championed by friend of the pod Aleks Paunovic), Charmed, Limetown, the bonkers Netflix series Ghost Wars, and a standout role as Viola Desmond, the entrepreneur who challenged segregation in Nova Scotia in the 1940s, in an iconic Heritage Minute. The projects and roles are wildly different, but the thread that unites them is the humanity, authenticity, and conviction that Kandyse brings to each one. In this riveting episode of the YVR Screen Scene Podcast, Kandyse reflects on her journey from South Africa at 11 years old, grieving Dee, moving into her “villain era,” and dancing in her trailer.Content warning: This episode contains frank talk about suicide. If you're thinking about suicide or are worried about a friend or a loved one, the Canada Suicide Prevention Service is available 24/7/365 at 1.833.456.4566. You can also find links to international suicide prevention and mental health support services in the footnotes for this episode on our web site. You matter. You're not alone.Episode sponsor: UBCP / ACTRA

    Episode 233: Richard Harmon, Emilija Baranac, Jennifer Tong & David Turko

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 45:40

    Fakes is the story of two best friends – played by Emilija Baranac and Jennifer Tong – who accidentally build one of the largest fake ID empires in North America. Friend-of-the-podcast Richard Harmon is Tryst, who might or might not be something of a dirtbag. There's a lot to love about this comedy-drama, the 10 episodes of which hit CBC Gem (in Canada) and Netflix (outside of Canada) earlier this month. It was filmed and set in Vancouver, and it's rich with Metro Vancouver talent. It's funny and exciting, smart and well-acted, and moves really fast. It's well-titled; fakes aren't just the titular IDs, but also the fronts we put up to protect ourselves. It's big stuff for 21-minute episodes!In our Fall 2022 season opener, Fakes stars Emilija Baranac, Jennifer Tong, and Richard Harmon, and showrunner David Turko join Sabrina Rani Furminger to talk perception, deception, and all the fun stuff that makes Fakes so addictive. Episode sponsor: UBCP / ACTRA

    Season Finale: Thomas Elms

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 76:41

    Thomas Elms stars in SkyMed, the action-packed CBC dramatic series about the up-and-coming pilots and nurses who work at an air ambulance service; the show premiered in July on CBC Television, CBC Gem, and Paramount Plus, and immediately got people buzzing on all the socials. Thomas is Captain Milosz Nowak, a calm, collected, and fiercely loyal pilot who broke with his immigrant parents to make his sky-high dreams come true. Thomas previously starred as Hamish Duke (the sardonic, cocktail-swilling werewolf and leader of the Knights of Saint Christopher) on The Order and recently wrapped a meaty role in The Boys in the Boat, an upcoming dramatic film directed by George Clooney about the legendary 1936 U.S. Olympics Rowing Team. In this fascinating conversation, Thomas reflects on his time as Hamish on The Order, what he learned working with George Clooney in The Boys in the Boat, Dennis Heaton's legendary brain, what it means to flex his “imagination muscle,” and the joys and challenges of portraying SkyMed's icy-cool Polish pilot. NOTE: The YVR Screen Scene Podcast is going on summer vacation! We'll return with our fall season – and a new fundraising campaign for Ukrainian war relief – in September 2022. Stay safe; stay hydrated; Слава Україні; support #BCFilm! Episode sponsor: UBCP / ACTRA

    Episode 231: Praneet Akilla Returns

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 57:49

    Actor Praneet Akilla (Nancy Drew, Motherland: Fort Salem) returns to the YVR Screen Scene Podcast to talk about his leading role in CBC's SkyMed. The sexy, action-packed dramatic television series was inspired by the real-life experiences of SkyMed showrunner Julie Puckrin's sister and brother-in-law who met flying air ambulances in the North. In this contemplative and at times raucous interview, Praneet talks about Chopper, SkyMed, what it means to him that Telugu cinema is having a moment (thanks to the success of RRR), and his most embarrassing Zoom call ever. Episode sponsor: UBCP/ACTRA

    Episode 230: Jesse Inocalla

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 87:15

    Jesse Inocalla is a wildly talented voice actor best known for his stunning work voicing Soren on Netflix's The Dragon Prince. Soren can be cocky and brash but also charming, charismatic, a little dim, and kind, and Jesse's inspired performance hits all of those beats. Jesse's lengthy and growing filmography also includes Spider-Ham in Marvel Battleworld: Mystery of the Thanostones, Reptil in Marvel Super Hero Adventures, Scorm in LEGO Chima, and Sasa in YooHoo & Friends. In this entertaining and engrossing episode of the YVR Screen Scene Podcast, Jesse talks about growing up the son of a “bad monk” turned stuntman, voicing Soren, the joys and challenges of building and sustaining a career in the animation realm, and waking the world up to Filipino culture. Episode sponsor: UBCP/ACTRA

    Episode 229: Brian Drummond

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2022 73:40

    Brian Drummond is a versatile voice artist with more than 325 credits to his name. He's wielded this versatility in beloved projects like Death Note, Ninjago, Corner Gas Animated, The Last Kids on Earth, The Hollow, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Super Dinosaur, Slugterra, Wolverine Versus Sabretooth, and Ultimate Wolverine Versus Hulk, as well as a fan favourite turn as Vegeta in Dragon Ball Z. In this entertaining and wide-ranging conversation, Brian gets candid about his impressive filmography, what he does to bring something different to every role, how the industry is changing for the better, and the true story behind his most famous line (“It's over 9000!”). Episode sponsor: UBCP/ACTRA

    Episode 228: Keilani Rose

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2022 49:49

    Keilani Rose is a scene-stealer in Shoresy, a spin-off of Jared Keeso and Jacob Tierney's beloved comedy series, Letterkenny. Shoresy follows the foul-mouthed, chirp-serving, mother-loving, fan favourite character from Letterkenny named Shoresy as he joins the Sudbury Bulldogs in a quest to never lose again. Shoresy is audacious, surreal, daring, and hilarious. It's also intersectional in a way that feels authentic and unifying and exciting. Vancouver-based actress Keilani Rose shines as Miigwan, protégée to the GM of the Sudbury Bulldogs Hockey team. Keilani is an actor, filmmaker, DJ, and classically and culturally trained dancer. She made her film debut starring in and choreographing Within the Silence, which was written and directed by Jade Tailor and won Festival de Cannes awards for Best Fantasy and Best Choreography in 2021. We'll soon see her on the highly anticipated series SkyMed as well as in Breathe, a film from friend of the podcast Cody Kearsley. In this riveting episode, Keilani Rose talks Shoresy, authentic intersectionality, and where she plans to take us next. Episode sponsor: UBCP/ACTRA

    Episode 227: Ukrainian filmmaker Khrystyna Syvolap shares her refugee story

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 52:04

    Khrystyna Syvolap arrived in Canada with her 8-year-old daughter nearly three months ago, seeking refuge from Russia's unjust assault on Ukraine. Khrystyna is a commercial director who has directed television, short films, and a feature film (2020's Viddana). She's a member of the Ukrainian Film Academy and was on Forbes Magazine's list of Ukraine's "30 Under 30" for 2021. And for the moment at least, her life is here in Vancouver. In this special episode of the YVR Screen Scene Podcast, Sabrina speaks with Khrystyna about her journey from Kyiv to Vancouver, as well as the myriad of challenges faced by Ukrainian film professionals turned refugees who arrive in Canada with little more than their lives and want to get to work. Episode sponsor: Fish Flight Entertainment

    Episode 226: Aliyah O'Brien

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 67:17

    Aliyah O'Brien is a versatile actress, an advocate for self-love, and a happy wanderer who has ambled 'round the world. Aliyah is beloved for her work as one half of #Golly on Rookie Blue, for playing a brilliant detective on Take Two, and for fun roles in series like DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Bates Motel, You Me Her, and Sanctuary. In this fun and fascinating conversation with Sabrina Rani Furminger (facilitated by generous pours of Zirkova Vodka), Aliyah reflects on what she's learned on her happy wanderings around the world and through this industry, and also talks courting magic, “uncoupling” with love, acting opposite Amanda Tapping on Sanctuary, and her new podcast, This Juicy Life. Episode sponsor: UBCP/ACTRA

    Episode 225: Aleks Paunovic and Tahmoh Penikett

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 69:49

    Aleks Paunovic (Snowpiercer) and Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica) didn't exactly hit it off when they first met in acting class more than 20 years ago, but the friendship they built in the intervening years is the stuff of legend. In the third of our #IndustryBFFs series, these best bros bring us into the inner workings of their epic friendship, and discuss the myriad of ways their friendship informs how they navigate this really weird business. Episode sponsor: UBCP/ACTRA

    Season Finale: #StopAsianHate with Amanda Sum and Mayumi Yoshida

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 39:20

    This is the fifth episode in our ongoing #StopAsianHate series where we explore the intersection between anti-Asian hate and the film and television industry. May is Asian Heritage Month, and to paraphrase Sandra Oh, it's an honour to celebrate the depth and breadth of what it means to be Asian. Asian is a big word; Asia is comprised of nearly 50 countries, billions of people, thousands of cultures and languages and ways of life. So when we celebrate Asian Heritage each May, we are celebrating billions of threads that weave together to become the dazzling, storied, and vast continent that is Asia. But for those of us in the diaspora, Asian Heritage Month is tinged with the knowledge that it can be dangerous to be Asian. During the pandemic, hate crimes against Asians in Vancouver rose nearly 3000%. So when we in the diaspora celebrate our Asian heritage during this month, we do so with defiance. We want to revel in our cultural heritage. We want to claim our joy.Joy – and joy as a form of resistance – are central in the music video for Different Than Before. The song was written and performed by Amanda Sum and the video was directed by Mayumi Yoshida (Amanda and Mayumi visited the podcast in 2020 to talk about their first collaboration, the video for Groupthink). This new video features an Asian family out for dim sum and karaoke, celebrating the engagement of the their older daughter. There's lots of laughs, until they're heckled by a white family. The dad wants them to just ignore the racism. The daughters want – something different.Different Than Before stars Amanda Sum, Olivia Cheng, Tzi Ma, Sachin Sahel, and Amanda's mom Linda, and premiered on May 20 on Amanda's YouTube channel. Amanda and Mayumi join Sabrina for a contemplative conversation about pursuing joy in the face of hate, and how art can change the conversation. NOTE: This is our spring season finale! We'll return with new episodes in June. Thank you for getting us this far!Episode sponsor: UBCP/ACTRA

    Episode 223: Erin Karpluk

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 86:35

    Actress Erin Karpluk is known around the world for her starring role in CBC's Being Erica, which aired for four seasons in 180 countries and won Erin a Best Actress Gemini Award in 2009 and a Best Lead Actress Leo Award in 2010, and she's beloved in the local industry for playing Kate, the restaurant manager who experiences an incredible trauma, in the Vancouver-shot Godiva's. More recently, she led the Hobbie family through five seasons of Family Channel's Holly Hobbie, and she's turned in memorable appearances on Debris, Nancy Drew, and Two Sentence Horror Stories. And now she's exploring what it means to have been married to a sex offender while also working through addiction and a new relationship on A Million Little Things. In this wildly entertaining conversation, Erin reflects on her time as Erica and Kate and talks mental health, time travel, cats, joy, being Anna on A Million Little Things, and what legendary actress Mary Steenburgen said to her that changed her life. Episode sponsor: UBCP/ACTRA

    Episode 222: Bill Newton

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 73:46

    Bill Newton's filmography is chock-full of voice performances that are exciting, adventurous, daring, and damn funny. Bill has voiced everyone's favourite God of Mischief Loki in multiple marvel projects, including Lego Marvel Adventures and Marvel Battleworld: Treachery at Twilight. He was nominated for a 2021 UBCP/ACTRA Award for voicing the dude-bro ogre BrainFreeze in Monster Beach (a performance he based in part on Keanu Reeves). He's turned in an array of witty, wacky, and wonderful performances in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Ninjago, and Beyblade. And earlier this year, Bill went viral with his dramatic readings of Peggy Blair's “Dear Martha” tweets, which captured the absurdity of the Ottawa Occupation. In this rollicking conversation with Sabrina Rani Furminger, Bill talks about navigating the voice acting world with an Australian accent, his passion for everything old, becoming Loki, and his experience going viral. Episode sponsor: UBCP/ACTRA

    Episode 221: William B. Davis

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 30:54

    By the time William B. Davis debuted in the pilot episode of The X-Files as the Cigarette Smoking Man, he'd already built a storied career as a director, acting teacher, and actor on both sides of the Atlantic. William documented his journey to The X-Files in his 2013 book, Where There's Smoke… Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man – a journey that began with CBC audio dramas when he was a child and continues to this day with roles on popular fare like Amazon Studio's Upload and Mike Flanagan's highly anticipated horror series The Midnight Club. Despite his busy schedule, William somehow found the time to write a second book: On Acting… And Life, which was released earlier this month and is a celebration of the craft of acting. This new book is rich with anecdotes about directing actors and developing characters, while also providing the kind of practical information about rehearsing, learning lines, and fine-tuning work that actors pay good money for in acting schools. In this compelling conversation with Sabrina Rani Furminger, William reflects on his career (including his time in the Cigarette Smoking Man's cloud of smoke), and shares what he feels actors need to know in order to build careers that feed their souls. Episode sponsor: UBCP/ACTRA

    Episode 220: Doug and the Slugs and Me

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 28:11

    What comes to your mind when you hear the words “Doug and the Slugs”? If you live in Canada and grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, you probably think of one of the hottest party bands of the era fronted by the unlikeliest of rockstars: the late, great Doug Bennett. And you probably smile, because songs like “Too Bad” and “Real Enough” and “Making It Work” and “Day By Day” and their accompanying music videos were fun, and because Slugmania was real.You can revisit the songs and the men who made them in Doug and the Slugs and Me, a fascinating and fun documentary by Vancouver filmmaker Teresa Alfeld about the man that publicist-turned-MuchMusic VJ Denise Donlon describes in the film as “more a carnie than a sex symbol.” The film follows the rise of the Vancouver band and its frontman through archival footage, interviews with band members, Doug's family, and icons like Ed the Sock, Bif Naked, Ron Sexsmith, and Sir Bob Geldof. We also hear from Doug himself through the journals he left behind. Doug and the Slugs and Me is a film about the Slugs, about music, making music, legacy, friendship, ego, dreams, grief, and the documentarian's starting point, namely: “What happened to this man we thought we knew?”Documentarian Teresa Alfeld – who grew up next to the Bennett family and was best friends with one of Doug's daughters – visits the YVR Screen Scene Podcast to talk about Doug and the Slugs and her remarkable film, which screens at the 2022 DOXA Documentary Film Festival. Episode sponsored by Fish Flight Entertainment

    Episode 219: Love in the Time of Fentanyl

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 28:13

    It's been six years since the British Columbia government declared the opioid overdose crisis a public health emergency. More than 9,400 British Columbians have died from overdoses since January 2016. 174 people were lost in the month of February 2022 alone. Colin Askey's film Love In The Time Of Fentanyl goes beyond the cold statistics and to the heart of what's at stake: human beings in our province, all of whom are worthy of love, care, and respect. Love In the Time of Fentanyl highlights the work of the Overdose Prevention Society, AKA OPS, in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. OPS is a low-barrier, peer-run site where people can use their own illicit drugs, access sterile harm reduction equipment, and receive emergency overdose response as needed. OPS is run by people who've come together to save the lives of people in their community – people they love. And this gift that they're giving – this gift of their time and space and clean drug rigs and no judgment – is working. No one has died from an overdose at an overdose prevention site. This is what community looks like. This is what harm reduction looks like. This is what love can do.Love In The Time of Fentanyl screens at the 2022 DOXA Documentary Film Festival. In this compelling conversation with Sabrina Rani Furminger, Colin Askey talks about Love In The Time of Fentanyl and what OPS can tell us about the compassion and care required to save lives during this devastating time. Episode sponsored by Fish Flight Entertainment

    Episode 218: Shakil Jessa

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 36:20

    Filmmaker Shakil Jessa is determined to make the kind of films he needed to see when he was a queer Muslim teenager. This determination is particularly evident in Imran and Alykhan, a short film about two boys who fall in love at a Muslim youth retreat but have to keep their relationship a secret from those around them; the film will premiere on May 7 at Crazy8s. Shakil recently wrapped his first development deal with WarnerMedia for a story about a queer Muslim teenager going to university for the first time. He was the youngest member to have joined the WarnerMedia Access x Canadian Academy Writers' Program, and he's currently working on a new limited series about a South Asian teen from Toronto who leads a crime ring that robs $11 million from the world's biggest influencers.In this boisterous episode of the YVR Screen Scene Podcast, Shakil talks about his experiences bringing queer Muslim stories to the screen, moving into spaces in the industry that don't have long histories of platforming queer BIPOC filmmakers, and why diversity and representation matter to young people in particular. Episode sponsored by Fish Flight Entertainment

    Episode 217: Gabrielle Rose and Camille Sullivan

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 39:49

    Veteran actresses Gabrielle Rose (The Sweet Hereafter) and Camille Sullivan (Intelligence) like each other very much, and like to work together too. So who better to talk about the joys and challenges of collaboration than these two queens of the Canadian drama scene? In the second episode of our #IndustryBFFs series, Gabrielle and Camille reflect on their friendship and talk camaraderie, chemistry, navigating toxic behaviour, and competition. Episode sponsor: Fish Flight Entertainment

    Episode 216: Why are some filmmakers calling for leadership change at Knowledge Network?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 33:16

    Knowledge Network is the public broadcaster in British Columbia. But what many in the public didn't know until an equity audit laid it bare in February was that, in the past seven years, only 1.7% of the $2 million granted by Knowledge Network to filmmakers went to filmmakers of colour, and 0% went to Indigenous majority-owned companies. To put it in perspective, 1.7% of $2 million is only $34,000. Thus, a group of diverse independent filmmakers and BC residents recently launched a petition calling for new leadership at Knowledge Network so that it can, in their words, once again become “the people's broadcaster, and the trusted repository of BC stories.” Documentarian Joella Cabalu joins Sabrina to talk about the situation at Knowledge Network and what it reveals about the status of white supremacy in BC film. Episode sponsor: Fish Flight Entertainment

    Episode 215: Kathleen Robertson

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 43:53

    Kathleen Robertson visits the YVR Screen Scene Podcast to talk about her years acting on Maniac Mansion and Beverly Hills 90210 and her current gig showrunning Roku's hit series Swimming With Sharks. The last – a dark thriller – is a reimagining of the 1994 film of the same title, about a Hollywood assistant who turns the tables on an abusive boss. But this time, the Hollywood assistant and the abusive boss are women: played by Kiernan Shipka and Diane Kruger respectively. Donald Sutherland, Thomas Dekker, Finn Jones, Erica Alexander, Ross Butler, and Gerardo Celasco also make appearances – as does Kathleen herself. In this fascinating and entertaining interview, Kathleen pulls back the curtain on Swimming With Sharks. She also takes us into her career journey, and talks about reinvention in an industry that isn't always welcoming of women who want to expand into new roles. Episode sponsor: Fish Flight Entertainment

    Episode 214: ‘Peacemaker' choreographer Charissa Barton

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2022 75:42

    Charissa Barton is responsible for choreographing one of the most universally beloved opening credits sequences of all time: that of Peacemaker on HBO Max. Newsweek described it as “[probably] the most memorable opening credits sequence of any superhero show in recent years.” The Hollywood Reporter went even further, calling it “one of the greatest opening credits in TV history.” In the sequence, characters like Peacemaker (John Cena), Vigilante (Freddie Stroma), Harcourt (Jennifer Holland), and Adebayo (Danielle Brooks) perform their slammin' robot-like dance moves to Wig Wam's 2010 rock-metal track “Do You Wanna Taste It,” their expressions intensely stoic. Comedian Patton Oswalt echoed millions of fans when he tweeted, “Has ANYONE ever used the ‘skip intro' option in @DCpeacemaker? ‘Cuz I never will.” In this special episode, we meet the dynamic artist behind those iconic moves. Episode Sponsor: YVR Screen Scene For Ukraine

    Episode 213: Why comedian Ryan Beil set out to make an unfunny sci-fi pilot

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2022 30:13

    Let's Make A Sci-Fi is audacious. The new CBC podcast follows three Vancouver comedians – Ryan Beil, Maddy Kelly and Mark Chavez – as they set out to write a successful, non-comedy sci-fi pilot with help from scientific experts and Hollywood screenwriting pros, including actor Rainn Wilson, astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, District 9 filmmaker Neill Blomkamp, showrunners Jem Garrard and Simon Barry, and Catherine Winder, CEO of Wind Sun Sky. Over the course of eight episodes, the comedians overcome challenges such as developing their story-world, plot, characters, and the science, as they prepare their pilot script for the ultimate test: a performance by professional actors, for better or worse. If it sounds bonkers and awesome, that's because it is. It's a study of writer's rooms, how sci-fi is put together, and what works and what doesn't. And even though the comedians are adamant that they're not writing a comedy, Let's Make a Sci-Fi is funny. Because the audacity of inventing universes and characters and ships is hilarious, especially when comedians set out to do it. Ryan Beil joins Sabrina to talk about the audacity of Let's Make a Sci-Fi, and the practical lessons he learned along the way about writing science fiction. Episode Sponsor: YVR Screen Scene For Ukraine

    Episode 212: Lea Salonga

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2022 65:52

    Lea Salonga is the beloved singer and performer who won a Tony Award for originating the role of Kim in Miss Saigon, and who built a global fanbase for her work as the singing voices for Jasmine in Aladdin and as Mulan in Mulan and Mulan 2 – work for which the Walt Disney Company bestowed upon her the title of Disney Legend. She was the first Asian woman to play Eponine in the musical Les Misérables on Broadway and returned to the beloved show as Fantine in the 2006 revival. She has performed on the Oscar stage and on stages around the world. She starred in the critically acclaimed Sony musical-drama Yellow Rose and in the animated series Centaurworld for Netflix. She is currently filming Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin for HBO Max, and will soon embark on her “Dream Again” tour, which makes a highly anticipated stop at Vancouver's Queen Elizabeth Theatre on April 12. Lea was one of the first to do it the way she does it on West End and Broadway stages. She uses her magnificent voice not only to entertain, but to draw awareness to issues that matter, including anti-Asian hate. In this special episode of the YVR Screen Scene Podcast, Lea talks about her remarkable journey, breaking barriers, her “Dream Again” tour, and why she is a proud member of the BTS ARMY. Episode Sponsor: Fish Flight Entertainment

    Episode 211: Agam Darshi Talks ‘Donkeyhead'

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2022 46:06

    Agam Darshi returns to the YVR Screen Scene Podcast to talk about Donkeyhead, the feature film that she stars in, wrote, and directed. Agam plays Mona, a failed writer who carves out a life of isolation while caring for her ailing Sikh father. When Mona's father has a debilitating stroke, her three successful siblings – played by Stephen Lobo, Sandy Sidhu, and Huse Madhavji – show up on her doorstep determined to take control of the situation. What ensues is heartbreaking, hilarious at times, riveting, and ultimately healing.Donkeyhead had its world premiere at the Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival in Toronto in December 2021, and was acquired by Array, Ava DuVernay's distribution company that elevates and amplifies the work of BIPOC filmmakers. It hit Netflix in January, and in March 2022 it will open the 2022 Vancouver International Women in Film Festival before opening in Canadian theatres nationwide. It's a big moment for Agam, and for all of us who crave stories we haven't heard and seen before. In this poignant interview, Agam speaks about her Donkeyhead journey, the support she received from luminaries like Deepa Mehta, Kim Coates, and Ava DuVernay, and where she plans to take us next. Episode Sponsor: Fish Flight Entertainment

    Episode 210: Natasha Burnett

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2022 90:31

    Natasha Burnett plays Minnie Canfield, matriarch of the Canfield family, on Hallmark Channel's When Calls The Heart. The Canfields joined the wildly popular family drama for its eighth season; over the course of 12 episodes, Minnie was revealed to be loving, fiercely protective, and level-headed – and fans, known far beyond their fandom as the Hearties, embraced Minnie and all of the Canfields, who also happened to be the first Black family to be featured on the long-running show. So that's Minnie Canfield. But who is Natasha Burnett?In this delightful interview, Natasha reflects on her winding journey to Minnie and When Calls The Heart: from her childhood growing up in England, to her time in beauty school, to her six years as Diana Ross and young Michael Jackson in a touring Motown tribute show, and, ultimately, to Hope Valley. Also included: a particularly rousing round of Favourite Things!Episode Sponsor: Fish Flight Entertainment

    Episode 209: Dan Payne

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2022 96:37

    Dan Payne is a versatile actor. From John Dover on The Good Witch to Traeger in Mech X-4, from Beast in Disney's wildly popular Descendants films to a high-powered real estate mogul in the first episode of Family Law, Dan's handles comedy, action, genre fare, children's entertainment, and drama with apparent equal ease. And he's got five Leo Awards nominations – and two wins, one for Aliens Stole My Body and the other for Aliens Ate My Homework – to show for it. Dan makes it look easy, but it's not easy. Not only is there real skill behind Dan's effortless-looking performances, but as he's moved through his career, he's wrestled with depression. Dan says that depression has been a constant companion for years – and once you know that fact, it makes his entire body of incredible work all the more incredible. In this special episode of the YVR Screen Scene Podcast, Dan talks about the characters, projects, joys, and challenges that have made him the in-demand actor he is today, and his journey with depression. Episode Sponsor: Fish Flight Entertainment

    Episode 208: Keegan Connor Tracy Returns!

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2022 68:54

    When actress-director Keegan Connor Tracy (The Magicians, Once Upon A Time) turned 50 years old in December, she vowed to take this milestone year to really sit in what it means to grow older: especially as a woman, and especially in the film and television industry. Keegan recently popped by the YVR Screen Scene studio to drink birthday champagne and join Sabrina for a fun and freewheeling conversation about the war on aging, what she learned when she let her hair turn silver, “Instagram face,” and her soon-to-launch podcast, Fine Whine. Episode Sponsor: Fish Flight Entertainment

    Episode 207: Katie Boland

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2022 33:24

    We're All In This Together is a feature film about three sisters who struggle to find a way to work together when their mother's long tenuous mental health takes her over a waterfall in a barrel. The sisters are each plagued by their own demons – their own insecurities, addictions, traumas, mental health woes, and issues with each other – but it's only when they learn to speak directly to each other, see the hurt in each other, acknowledge the pain that their mother's mental illness has had on them all that they're actually able to help her and themselves. We're All in this Together is as moving as you'd expect from that description, and also surprisingly funny. Most importantly, it deftly and directly addresses the impact that relationships can have on our mental health, and shows what can happen when we don't talk about mental illness within our families.We're All In This Together was brought to the screen by Katie Boland. Katie is an actor, a writer, and a director. She wore all three hats on We're All In This Together – four hats if you consider that she played two characters in the feature film, which she adapted from Amy Jones' novel of the same name and which marks her feature film directorial debut.In this special episode of the YVR Screen Scene Podcast – the latest in our series of episodes about mental health and mental illness – Katie talks about her journey with mental illness and We're All In This Together, and the ways in which cinema can help us navigate mental illness in the real world. Episode sponsor: Fish Flight Entertainment

    Episode 206: Dennis Heaton and Rachel Langer

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2022 59:16

    In the first of our series of episodes featuring #IndustryBFFs, screenwriters Dennis Heaton (The Order; The Imperfects) and Rachel Langer (Transplant) join Sabrina Rani Furminger for a rousing and insightful conversation about craft, community, collaboration, breaking into the industry, showrunning, bean bag chairs, and what really goes on in television writers' rooms. Episode sponsor: Fish Flight Entertainment

    Episode 205: Kazumi Evans

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2022 62:11

    Kazumi Evans has worked steadily as a voice actress since she entered the industry at the age of nineteen. Her many credits include Monster Beach, Polly Pocket, The Hollow, The Dragon Prince, multiple Barbie movies, and Rogue and Boomer in Wolverine vs. Sabretooth. She voiced multiple characters on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic – and provided Rarity's singing voice – and she voiced the dastardly Adagio Dazzle in the wildly popular My Little Pony : Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks. Kazumi is also a “triple threat” – equally adept at acting, singing, and dancing – who was one of the six final contestants on CBC Television's reality series Triple Sensation. In this revealing episode, Kazumi talks about what goes on in the voice booth, what she learned working with Tabitha St. Germain on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, what it means to be a triple threat, how the pandemic has changed her work, and her favourite trash television shows. Episode sponsor: Fish Flight Entertainment

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