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Push In - The CineVic Podcast

CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers

It's not easy being an independent filmmaker. Host Joyce Kline digs into all things indie film, going behind the scenes to ask real questions for the inside scoop. This podcast is where you'll find out everything new coming to CineVic, Victoria, BC, Canada’s artist-run independent film society.

S2E11-Creating from Your Own Experience w/Jay Kamal
May 30 2022
S2E11-Creating from Your Own Experience w/Jay Kamal
In the wake of his father’s death, a young boy is forced to deal with, and ultimately respect, his mixed family’s Muslim and Christian mourning practices in Lebanese/Canadian filmmaker Jay Kamal’s touching short film Baba.  Baba swept up three awards in CineVic’s 2022 Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival, winning Outstanding Direction, Cinematography, and Performance awards — so, of course, podcast host Joyce Kline just had to find out more from Jay!Why did he feel he needed a cultural consultant? How does Canadian multiculturalism stack up against Lebanon’s centuries old tradition of religious tolerance? What is it about childhood that so fascinates him as a filmmaker?  And what’s his advice for filmmakers wanting to create films based on their own experience?Tune in with host Joyce Kline to find out more in the latest episode of Push In: The Cinevic Podcast.Fun fact:We sure know how to pick our guests!  Jay Kamal’s Baba has just been nominated in four short film categories in the 2022 Leos Awards: Best Drama, Direction, Screenplay and Make Up! For more featured in this episode:Watch Baba online for the rest of May 2022 visit: Jay on his website: IMDb: Awards: 8’s: to catch the latest episodes of Push In on Apple Podcasts: Production Team:Technical Director: Paul RutaSound Editor: Michael KoricanHost, Researcher & copywriter: Joyce KlineCo-Producers: Joyce Kline, Michael Korican, Grady Lawlor, Paul Ruta
S2E10 - The Spirit Inside w/ Stephanie Rossel
May 18 2022
S2E10 - The Spirit Inside w/ Stephanie Rossel
On today's episode, host Joyce Kline interviews Comox Valley’s Stephanie Rossel.  Drawing from her 34 years of experience as script supervisor on top film and TV productions like Juno, Tully and When We Rise, Stephanie is at the helm of her latest short, Baby Steps.Lean on budget, equipment and doing “all of the production design, ADing, everything” with minimal crew, how did Stephanie pull off creating such an amazing film?Joyce also discovers just how Stephanie cast different ages of the same character as the lead actors in the film – no easy task for any sized production!Set throughout the Comox Valley, Baby Steps shows that “anyone can find their spirit again and rise above and become the potential they were always meant to be.”For tickets to catch Baby Steps for yourself, check out the Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival online throughout the rest of May 2022 visit only big wish in life?To have a sound mixer move up to Comox to spur more productions.So this is for you audio pros out there – earmuffs for you, Gilles Maillet – the Comox Valley is a wonderful part of Vancouver Island. Complete with the true outdoors, good people and a buzzing indie film scene. Plus donuts and mountain biking. AND a film festival that Stephanie happens to play a leading role in?Now that you mention it, we’re more than happy to share new listings here:   Okay, it’s safe for you to listen again, Gilles.For more featured in this episode:Follow Stephanie Rossel on IMDB Valley International Film Festival CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers Subscribe to catch the latest episodes of Push In on Apple Podcasts Production Team:Technical Director: Paul RutaSound Editor: Michael KoricanHost and Researcher: Joyce KlineCopywriter and Theatre Snack Reviewer: Grady LawlorCo-Producers: Joyce Kline, Michael Korican, Grady Lawlor, Paul Ruta
S2E9 - Creators of the World w/ Nicholas Riini
May 5 2022
S2E9 - Creators of the World w/ Nicholas Riini
What do Evil Dead, King Kong, Power of the Dog and the CineVic Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival have in common?  Allow us to introduce Maori filmmaker Nicholas Riini (Ngai Tuhoe) of Aotearoa (New Zealand). Connecting with the elemental world of his ancestors, Nicholas’ film A Morning With Aroha combines  creativity and imagination for a show not to be missed.How did Nicholas put his 20+ years of experience in technical departments (gaffer/lighting/rigging) for top films to use? Leading the production for this independent short and hiring an almost entirely local, indigenous film crew made creating A Morning With Aroha even more rewarding.How do you deal with bullies at school when they don’t understand you as a person?What’s the real-world story behind the theme of Nick’s latest film?And how do you shoot a film when your young lead actor has bored of you by the time the camera rolls?Tune in with host Joyce Kline to find out this and more on the latest episode of Push In, The CineVic Podcast.And be sure to watch the Nicholas’ film A Morning With Aroha in-person at CineVic’s Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival on Saturday May 7th, 2022 in beautiful downtown Victoria, BC.Fun fact:One of our show’s producers recently discovered that the locally crafted Spinnakers Black Cherry Sparkling water served at The Vic Theatre along with a fresh bag of popcorn tastes just like Cherry Blasters candy. Just one more nostalgic reason to join in on the fun of the festival in-person.For tickets and to catch the film festival online throughout the rest of May 2022 visit  For more featured in this episode:Follow Nicholas Riini on IMDB CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers Subscribe to catch the latest episodes of Push In on Apple Podcasts Production Team:Technical Director: Paul RutaSound Editor: Michael KoricanHost and Researcher: Joyce KlineCopywriter and Theatre Snack Reviewer: Grady LawlorCo-Producers: Joyce Kline, Michael Korican, Grady Lawlor, Paul Ruta
S2E8 - Heart and Soul of a Story w/ Ann Marie Hak
May 3 2022
S2E8 - Heart and Soul of a Story w/ Ann Marie Hak
When Graham takes his new step-son Emil on a camping trip, he hopes they will finally bond through the traditions and lessons he learned from his own father. However, the scars of the recent death of Emil’s father hang heavy over the pair and Emil resists Graham’s attempts to get closer to him…Reads the logline of Ann Marie Hak’s 2020 CineSpark competition winning pitch for her script Wishing Fall.Drawing from her own childhood growing up in Northern British Columbia, host Joyce Kline unpacks what it was like for Ann Marie to share her experiences in narrative form for the screen.Raised in the Wet’suwet’en Territory (Houston, BC) by a Czechoslovakian father and a Filipina mother, Ann Marie explores her ethnicity and what it means to be a first-generation Canadian through her writing.But just how did Ann Marie pitch the heart and soul of a story she hoped to tell as a newbie filmmaker?This episode touches on casting during a pandemic, how to win a film pitch event and still stay true to your roots.Be sure to watch the WORLD PREMIERE of Wishing Fall directed by James Weicker in-person at CineVic’s Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival on Friday May 6th, 2022 in beautiful downtown Victoria, BC.Okay, those are some pretty juicy keywords. We don’t really know how else to say it:  this is going to be a good time.For tickets and to catch the film festival online throughout the rest of May 2022 visit  for more featured in this episode: Writer Ann Marie Hak’s Portfolio James Weicker on IMDB CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers Subscribe to catch the latest episodes of Push In on Apple Podcasts Production Team:Technical Director: Paul RutaSound Editor: Michael KoricanHost and Researcher: Joyce KlineCopywriter: Grady LawlorCo-Producers: Joyce Kline, Michael Korican, Grady Lawlor, Paul Ruta
S2E7 - Love, Language and Soup w/Alayna Y
Apr 29 2022
S2E7 - Love, Language and Soup w/Alayna Y
A young woman falls in love with a waitress in a greasy-yet-nostalgic Hong Kong-style cafe, but a language gap divides the two - or is there something more?Animator and filmmaker Alayna Y goes back to her roots through food with the appetizing short animated film, Macaroni Soup.An artist specializing in making soup - she throws people, experiences, and inspirations into a simmering pot. Whether it’s well-received or not, she’ll always make the soup she wants.Join host Joyce Kline as she discovers the key ingredients that make Alayna's soup just right. Joyce gets the scoop on feedback that Alayna decided it was up to her to ignore and pave her own path.For this ambitious project, Alayna pulled together a team of friends and collaborators from her cohort at Emily Carr University – even a composer friend from the internet. Be sure to see Alayna's film, Macaroni Soup, in person at the opening night of CineVic’s Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival on May 1, 2022 (or streaming online May 8-31). Kick off the festival with a program of animations, anthropomorphized cats, and empowering dance.Just don’t feel bad if you say the wrong ‘thank you’  to Alayna after the screening!For tickets and to catch the film festival online throughout the rest of May 2022 visit Y's FilmFreeway Portfolio Y's Animation Portfolio on ArtStation Society of Independent Filmmakers to catch the latest episodes of Push In on Apple Podcasts Production Team:Technical Director: Paul RutaSound Editor: Michael KoricanHost and Researcher: Joyce KlineCopywriter: Grady LawlorCo-Producers: Joyce Kline, Michael Korican, Grady Lawlor, Paul Ruta
S2E6 - Justifying Life w/ Trent Peek
Apr 26 2022
S2E6 - Justifying Life w/ Trent Peek
On this episode, host Joyce Kline catches up with director, writer, actor, past CineVic president and overall man-about-set, Trent Peek.Trent recalls going from “not ready at all” to being chosen to direct Sarah Nicole Faucher’s CineSpark winning production, Going Home.This film tells the story of a young deaf woman trying to work in the film industry. Being not many of these things, Trent shares the reality of directing an independent short from a different perspective than his own.Not shy to try different departments, Trent recently found himself doing set dec on the Netflix series Maid, filmed throughout Greater Victoria. Let’s just say he has a new appreciation for what goes into production design.This episode also touches on a near death experience that reframed Trent’s outlook on career and life.Lastly, Joyce finds out the meaning behind Trent’s philosophy of, “keep it real, and if it’s not real, don’t keep it.”Be sure to check out Trent’s film, Going Home in-person(!) at CineVic’s Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival on May 6, 2022 at The Vic Theatre in downtown Victoria (or streaming online May 8-31).And catch the festival online throughout the rest of May, 2022 try to keep pace with Trent’s filmmaking blog Peek’s IMDB profile Society of Independent Filmmakers to catch the latest episodes of Push In on Apple Podcasts Production Team:Technical Director: Paul RutaSound Editor: Michael KoricanHost and Researcher: Joyce KlineCopywriter: Grady LawlorCo-Producers: Joyce Kline, Michael Korican, Grady Lawlor, Paul Ruta
S2E5 - Creating Your Self as an Artist w/ Lukas Hanulak
Apr 8 2022
S2E5 - Creating Your Self as an Artist w/ Lukas Hanulak
With more than a decade of experience working in the Eastern European film industry, we’re lucky to have director/producer/writer Lukas Hanulak now call Vancouver Island home.Enjoying festival success with his short film, The Father (2009), Lukas rose in the ranks to direct a dramatic TV series,  for major broadcasters in Czech Republic and Slovakia.No stranger to documentary work as well, Lukas co-created the award-winning co-production documentary The Good Death – a story about voluntary assisted dying, airing on TV markets around the world.Lukas offers an alternative perspective for us bright-eyed island filmmakers and often finds himself diving deep into the soul with his work.As host Joyce Kline is on assignment out of country, join CineVic’s Vice President and today’s guest host Grady Lawlor, for more on Push In – The CineVic Podcast.COMING SOON: Experience the return of CineVic's Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival in-person in downtown Victoria May 1-7, 2022. And online for the rest of the month of May, 2022.Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival more featured in this episode:Lukas’ filmmaking website Lukas' work on IMDB: for resources and creatives to bring your film idea to life? Connect with the a community of filmmakers through the CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers to catch the latest episodes of Push In  on Apple Podcasts Production Team:Technical Director: Paul RutaSound Editor: Michael KoricanHost, Researcher and Writer: Joyce KlineGuest Host and Copywriter: Grady LawlorCo-Producers: Joyce Kline, Michael Korican, Grady Lawlor, Paul Ruta
S2E3 - Flipping the Script w/ Joyce Kline
Feb 8 2022
S2E3 - Flipping the Script w/ Joyce Kline
You know the saying “two is company and three’s a crowd”? Joyce Kline sure does and it’s one of the reasons she felt inspired to bring her film to life. No stranger to the Victoria film scene, she's moonlighted in many roles including visual artist, writer, playwright, teacher and production designer. Now as a Production Designer and familiar voice behind this very podcast, we flip the script.In her candid recap for S2E3 of Push In, we hear from Joyce as she details her experience flipping the script as Director. Set amongst a 1920's hotel room backdrop, Joyce shares how she tapped into her work as a Production Designer to handcraft the set. Drawing upon childhood experiences that stick with you - especially if they’re out of the fringe, Joyce recounts her experience visiting a carnival as a child, the inspiration for her film, Vaudeville came alive. Filming over 3 days, Joyce took advantage of COVID-19 closing all of the typical filming locations, connecting with the Langham Court Theatre to bring her set idea to life. Joyce admits that she enjoyed her role as an authority figure and we, for one, can’t wait to see what she has up her sleeve.Find out for yourself on the latest episode of Push In, The CineVic Podcast with our Podcast Director turned Guest Host, Paul Ruta.For more featured in this episode: Find tickets to see Joyce’s (sold out in-person)  film online at the 2022 Victoria Film Fest: Cancelled Stamp website: Joyce on Facebook: Follow Joyce's work on IMDB: for resources and creatives to bring your film idea to life? Connect with the a community of filmmakers through the CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers to catch the latest episodes of Push In  on Apple Podcasts Production Team:Guest Host and Technical Director: Paul RutaSound Editor: Michael KoricanHost and Researcher: Joyce KlineCopywriter: Grady LawlorCo-Producers: Joyce Kline, Michael Korican, Grady Lawlor, Paul Ruta
S2E2 - Life is Fragile, Hope is Strong w/ Mia Golden
Feb 1 2022
S2E2 - Life is Fragile, Hope is Strong w/ Mia Golden
Need a task completed? Give it to the busiest person you know.Want to make sure a feature film is created? Give it to Mia Golden.Mia’s first feature, Fragile Seeds, is a way to share what she’s passionate about in her day job. Heading off youth exploitation and human trafficking , she makes an impact daily as a youth and family counsellor.At a certain point it became clear that film was the right platform to share her world view.Fragile Seeds is Mia’s first feature film where she’s also writer, producer and lead actor. In this raw episode, host Joyce Kline asks the tough questions to find out what’s really going on in our communities.How easy is it for young people to be groomed and recruited to do something against their best interest?With our digitally connected world making it easier for baddies to target the vulnerable online, Mia shares valuable tips on what to look out for.In this episode we cover film funding, producing during a pandemic, youth exploitation, TikTok, even Disney’s Flight of the Navigator. Discover this and more on the latest episode of Push In, The CineVic Podcast with host Joyce Kline.And be sure to check out Mia’s film Fragile Seeds screening at the 2022 Victoria Film Festival online and in-person this February to experience the powerful work she’s sharing through film.For more featured in this episode:Find tickets to watch Fragile Seeds online during the Victoria Film Festival Mia on IMDB Mia on TikTok work with Empress Avenue Media Society of Independent Filmmakers to catch the latest episodes of Push In on Apple Podcasts help in a crisis? Contact the Vancouver Island Crisis Line: 1-888-494-3888. A 24/7 resource offering emotional or crisis support, they can help point you in the right direction for community services.Podcast Production Team:Technical Director: Paul RutaSound Editor: Michael KoricanHost and Researcher: Joyce KlineCopywriter: Grady LawlorCo-Producers: Joyce Kline, Michael Korican, Grady Lawlor, Paul Ruta