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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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Today’s episode is all about Family Law, the highly anticipated Global Original series in which one dysfunctional family helps other dysfunctional families in crisis. With its all-star, all-Canadian cast including Jewel Staite, Victor Garber, Zach Smadu, and Genelle Williams, the 10-episode, one-hour legal drama premieres Friday, September 17 on Gl…
 
Ellie Harvie is a veteran actress and stand-up comedian with a filmography a mile long and dozens of award nominations to her name, including two Gemini nominations, a Canadian Comedy Award nomination, and eight Leo nominations. In 2000, she won a Leo Award for Best Performance or Host in a Music, Comedy or Variety Program or Series for her delicio…
 
It’s only been a few years since Thomas Nicholson arrived in Canada (from Denmark, by way of England) in search of a new career and purpose, and it’s clear he found both in acting. From Project Blue Book to Supernatural, from Luvia Petersen’s Dog Bite to Netflix mega-hits Virgin River and The Haunting of Bly Manor, Thomas is stealing scenes and mak…
 
Sex/Life has basically lived in the Netflix Top 10 since it first hit the streaming service in June 2021. The eight-part dramatic series tells the story of Billie (Sarah Shahi), a married mom living a sweet life in Connecticut who begins to fantasize about her hot ex-boyfriend after the birth of her second child. She writes all of her sexy memories…
 
Grace Dove is a change-maker, and this abiding passion for change is evident in everything she’s done so far in the film and television industry: as an actor, a filmmaker, and an advocate for Indigenous representation and reclamation. Grace is a member of the Shuswap First Nation who divides her time between Vancouver and LA. Her acting filmography…
 
Actress Fiona Vroom’s eclectic filmography includes Hell on Wheels, Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, a 1950s housewife with superpowers on the way-ahead-of-its-time web series The True Heroines (which she also produced), Kindergarten Cop 2, Bates Motel, the eternally youthful sitcom star Barbara Beaumont in a cult favourite episode of The X-Files, and school…
 
Alfred Hitchcock was a game-changer. Heck, he made his own game: one through which the goal was to unsettle, to stir, to haunt, to move, and to horrify his audience while remaining wholly committed to pure cinema. But who was Alfred Hitchcock, really? What did he want from his art? What did the industry think of him? What did he really think of his…
 
Today’s bonus episode features audio from YVR Screen Scene For India, a star-studded fundraiser for Indian COVID relief that was broadcast live on May 8, 2021. The event – which was akin to Inside the Actors Studio but with a South Asian Canadian twist – featured Sabrina Rani Furminger in conversation with some of Vancouver’s finest South Asian Can…
 
Actress Sharon Taylor (JANN) returns to the YVR Screen Scene Podcast to turn the tables on our host Sabrina Rani Furminger. This funny and at times emotional conversation between good friends covers geekdom, the B.C. star system, long-term relationships, living with mental illness, and that time Sharon got Sabrina to go on a hike. Programming note:…
 
Levi: Becoming Himself explores the journey of Vancouver’s Levi Nahirney as he navigates his gender identity and transition with the support of his family. The CBC Original Documentary launches on CBC Gem on July 16 and premieres on CBC Television in B.C. & Alberta on July 17. Levi is an identical twin from a small fishing village in Vietnam who wa…
 
Seventeen years ago, Brent Butt was a 30-something stand-up comedian with an idea for a TV show about the zany residents of a prairie town named Dog River located 40 km from nowhere. Brent was admittedly surprised when his show idea – ultimately titled Corner Gas – was picked up by CTV, and downright shocked when it became a hit. Corner Gas is one …
 
Aliza Vellani portrays Rani in Sweet Tooth, the critically acclaimed eight-part post-apocalyptic fantasy series that hit Netflix in early June. Sweet Tooth draws its inspiration from Jeff Lemire’s comic book series about a boy who’s half-human and half deer navigating a world that has been devastated by a virus that has killed a lot of people and l…
 
Joella Cabalu is a documentary filmmaker and producer based in Vancouver. Since making her directorial debut in 2016 with It Runs In The Family (a deeply personal documentary feature film that highlighted queer stories from the Philippines and the diaspora, including that of her own brother), Joella has helped bring the stories of a staggering arra…
 
In the realm of fictional true crime podcasts – that delicious genre where the worlds of true crime and narrative fiction collide – Ghost Town Killer is a top-tier specimen. The six-part series follows supernatural podcaster Lilith Black as she investigates the murder of her sister in their isolated hometown where she wrestles with family secrets, …
 
Actor Aleks Paunovic – AKA the “Big Guy” of the Vancouver film and television industry – returns to the YVR Screen Scene Podcast to discuss the searing indie hit Chained, saying goodbye to Van Helsing after five triumphant seasons, the enduring appeal of post-apocalyptic film and television, and his 20-year friendship with actor Tahmoh Penikett. Ep…
 
Tahmoh Penikett has gained an international fan following for wildly different roles in an array of studio, network, and indie projects, including Battlestar Galactica (where he appeared as Karl “Helo” Agathon), Strange Empire, Dollhouse, Supernatural, Riftworld Chronicles, Bomb Girls, and The Sinners. The son of a politician and a residential scho…
 
Tahmoh Penikett has gained an international fan following for wildly different roles in an array of studio, network, and indie projects, including Battlestar Galactica (where he appeared as Karl “Helo” Agathon), Strange Empire, Dollhouse, Supernatural, Riftworld Chronicles, Bomb Girls, and The Sinners. The son of a politician and a residential scho…
 
Querencia is one of the very first women-driven, Indigiqueer romantic screen projects anywhere. APTN Lumi's first original series centres on the budding romance between two young Indigenous women – Abe, played by Mary Galloway, and Daka, played by Kaitlyn Yott – and follows them as they navigate and explore their complex Indigiqueer identities. Que…
 
Andrea Brooks is beloved around the world for playing two characters that couldn’t be more dissimilar: scientist and assassin Eve Teschmacher on CW’s Supergirl, and the kind-hearted (and unlucky-in-love) Dr. Faith Carter on Hallmark’s When Calls the Heart. For years, Andrea moved back and forth between the two characters, sometimes on the same day.…
 
Rachel Talalay is a film and television director and a producer. That’s how her Wikipedia entry opens, and while accurate, it fails to capture just how punk rock Rachel is, how entertaining her work is, and the myriad of emotions that work conjures up in people. Rachel’s work spans many genres, from horror films like Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightm…
 
Kalinga (Care) is about the tens of thousands of women who leave the Philippines each year to work in Canada and other countries as nannies and caregivers. Since the 1970s, the Philippines has pursued aggressive labour-export campaigns, perhaps more so than any other country on Earth. It’s why we have the Live-in Caregiver Program in Canada, which …
 
Dead Man’s Switch: a crypto mystery and Into Light don’t appear to have much in common beyond the fact that both are currently streaming as part of the 2021 DOXA Documentary Film Festival. Dead Man’s Switch: a crypto mystery is a heart-pounding documentary feature about Gerald Cotten, the CEO of Quadriga (which was at one time Canada’s largest cryp…
 
In the fourth episode of our #StopAsianHate series where we explore the intersection between anti-Asian hate and the film and television industry, actress and filmmaker Mayumi Yoshida (The Man in the High Castle; Akashi) discusses the racism she’s experienced in the industry, the devastating impact of on-screen stereotypes on Asian women, and why A…
 
Anne Wheeler is a screenwriter, a director, a mentor, and a legend in the Canadian film and television industry. Her films include Bye Bye Blues, Loyalties, Better Than Chocolate, and Chi, and her growing television directing filmography includes Chesapeake Shores, Anne with an E, The Romeo Section, and Firefly Lane. She’s garnered seven honorary d…
 
In this fascinating, funny, and emotional episode of the YVR Screen Scene Podcast, Sabrina is joined by two remarkable filmmakers who’ll premiere genre-bending sci-fi short films on May 1 as part of #Crazy8sFilms21: Tesh Guttikonda (director of Mom vs. Machine, about an Indian mom who must face off against an AI food replicator purchased by her gam…
 
Pascale Hutton is a bona fide genre-hopper, and the proof is in the work: as the beleaguered Juliana on Chris Haddock’s Intelligence, a role for which she won a Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role, to FBI Special Agent Abby Corrigan on Sanctuary (a role that required her to tangle with Abnormals and kick ass and also, fa…
 
Steve J. Adams and Sean Horlor are the dynamite filmmakers behind Someone Like Me, a feature-length documentary that follows the parallel journeys of Drake, a gay asylum seeker from Uganda, and a group of strangers from Vancouver’s queer community who are tasked with supporting his resettlement in Canada. Together, they embark on a yearlong quest f…
 
Kainai is the largest reserve in Canada. Since 2014, the community has lost hundreds of its members to fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine. Every single member of the Kainai First Nation has been impacted by fentanyl- and addiction-related loss – which is the story in a lot of places all over the world. But Kain…
 
This is the third episode in our #StopAsianHate series where we explore the intersection between anti-Asian hate and the film and television industry. Voice artist and actor Vincent Tong (Ninjago; 16 Hudson) returns to the YVR Screen Scene Podcast to talk about his experiences navigating the voice, stage, and on-camera worlds as an Asian Canadian a…
 
Praneet Akilla walked away from an engineering career in Alberta in order to make it as an actor. Since arriving in Vancouver in 2018, he’s lit up the screen in numerous projects, including FREYA, Rhona Rees’ award-winning sci-fi short about the dangers of AI technology; Netflix’s October Faction, where he played closeted jock Phillip Mishra; and C…
 
Julia Sarah Stone’s filmography is populated by wildly vulnerable characters, like Lyric on AMC’s The Killing, Eva in Geoff Redknap’s stellar “disappearing man” film, The Unseen, and Junior in Ali Liebert’s The Quieting, as well as in indie gems like Honey Bee, Allure, Weirdos, and Everything Will Be Fine. Whatever the project, Julia communicates t…
 
One in four pregnancies end in miscarriage, but despite how rampant it is, you wouldn’t know it from how rarely it’s discussed between friends, or portrayed in film and television. Instead of sharing our miscarriage stories, we internalize our grief, trauma, and misplaced shame. Thus, our loss becomes a taboo subject, and the cycle of grief, trauma…
 
This is the second episode in our new #StopAsianHate series where we explore the intersection between anti-Asian hate and the film and television industry. Actor and filmmaker Lee Shorten (The Man in the High Castle, Parabola) returns to the YVR Screen Scene Podcast to discuss the challenges faced by Asian Canadian actors in the Vancouver film and …
 
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 Vancouver film and television industry, and then podcast all about it. In Episode Six, Christian and Sa…
 
This is the first episode in our new #StopAsianHate series where we explore the intersection between anti-Asian hate and the film and television industry. Actress Lexa Doig returns to the YVR Screen Scene Podcast for an incredibly raw and emotional conversation about cultural erasure in the entertainment industry, and to talk about her April 3 fund…
 
Actor Viv Leacock returns to the YVR Screen Scene Podcast to talk about his latest role: that of Joseph Canfield, the patriarch of the newest family to move to Hope Valley on Hallmark Channel’s wildly popular drama When Calls the Heart. Three of the four members of the Canfield family are Leacocks; Viv’s son Elias is playing 10-year-old Cooper Canf…
 
One year ago this week, COVID-19 shut down the Vancouver film and television industry. On March 12, 2020, The CW suspended production on Riverdale when a crew member was reported to have been exposed to COVID; by March 15, cameras had stopped rolling on every single production in the province. By summer, the cameras were rolling again, but producti…
 
Pride and greed. Lust and envy. Gluttony, wrath, and sloth. Those are all sins – the cardinal sins, the capital sins, the seven deadly sins – and they’re the foundation stones for The Sinners, a terrifying and exciting feature-length thriller from filmmaker Courtney Paige. The Sinners follows seven girls from a religious high school who decide to r…
 
Elizabeth “Liz” Bowen shines on SyFy’s Resident Alien. The hilarious and ominous sci-fi series tells the story of an alien – played by Alan Tudyk – who crashes to Earth and takes over the body and life of a doctor named Harry Vanderspeigle in a small Colorado town. The show is at once full of heart and darkly comic, and as Deputy Liv, Liz is brilli…
 
You don’t come across actor-showrunners too often – especially when the projects they’re acting in are not ones they’re showrunning. But Jonathan Lloyd Walker is doing just that. Jonathan’s acting credits include RED, where he played the special agent in charge of protecting the Vice-President from assassins – as well as The Thing, Smallville, The …
 
On Monday, February 22, 2021, a film worker showed up for work to the Vancouver set of a production called Gone Mom wearing a Black Lives Matter t-shirt. Two days later, they returned to work, where they were told by a producer not to wear anything Black Lives Matter again because that statement was too political. This worker resigned from the prod…
 
If you know anything about endometriosis, it’s probably because you are among the one in 10 women and AFAB people who live with its pain and stigma – or you love someone who does. In the simplest of terms, endometriosis happens when tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus grows outside of it, forming lesions and gluing organs together. …
 
Beverley Elliott played Granny on ABC’s beloved fantasy series, Once Upon A Time– and while she’s still closely associated with Granny years after the series took its final bow, Beverley is so much more than that one role. Over the course of her three decades in showbiz, Beverley has appeared in more than 100 film and television productions, from 2…
 
Content warning: This episode contains discussion about sexual violence and rape. Listener discretion is advised. If you are a victim of sexual assault or know someone who needs help, please check the episode notes for resources. You are not alone. April Telek is an accomplished actress whose filmography includes comedy, science fiction, fantasy, a…
 
Last month, Vancouver's Rio Theatre updated its marquee with a bold declaration: “Screw the Arts: We’re a sports bar now.” The Rio had been closed since November 2020, when the Provincial Health Officer banned all events (while still allowing bars, malls, and restaurants to operate) – but on January 23, 2021, the Rio opened its doors for sports fan…
 
What impact is the pandemic having on Vancouver’s indie film scene, and specifically on the ability for our fearless filmmakers to share their stories? What have we lost, and what, if anything, have we gained? What does the future hold for the indie scene? In this special episode of the YVR Screen Scene Podcast, Sabrina brings these big questions t…
 
Why is Vancouver actor John Emmet Tracy regularly called upon to portray duplicitous, sinister, and evil characters? His lengthy filmography includes poisonous characters like August Cartwright on Batwoman and Enzo Lambert on iZombie, and cunning characters like lawyer Ellis Steele on Yellowstone and Pallas on Olympus. Perhaps he’s so often cast as…
 
Vancouver actress Teryl Rothery brings deep-seated humanity to every role she takes on, whether she’s playing a kind and capable military doctor (Stargate SG-1) or the sexy actress in a Northern California town who sets her sights on the town doctor (Virgin River). Teryl’s lengthy filmography includes memorable roles in dramas (including Chesapeake…
 
Sarah Dugdale plays Lizzie on Virgin River, Netflix’s wildly popular dramatic serial based on the books by Robyn Carr. Virgin River follows Mel, a Los Angeles ER nurse who heads to the picturesque North California town of Virgin River after experiencing massive trauma in her life. There, almost despite her best efforts, she finds connection, comfor…
 
Rekha Sharma played Tory Foster on Battlestar Galactica and Commander Landry on Star Trek: Discovery – both phenomenal roles for a Fijian Indian Canadian woman who grew up watching Lieutenant Uhura on Star Trek and dreaming of a career in showbiz, despite the fact that there weren’t a lot of people who looked like her working in the film and televi…
 
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