Board of Directors
Trent Peek moved to Victoria, BC in the summer of 2013. Since his move, he was suggested by his wife to re-find his lost passion, and found CineVic. From the many years of Film Schools from USC to Vancouver Film School, and then finishing off at Capilano university, he chose money over his passion and never continued toward a film career path. Since joining CineVic, Trent has renewed his passion in filmmaking, and is pursuing his goal of writing/directing his first feature. Recently, Trent has been involved in pitch competitions in Los Angeles, CA and Austin, Texas. He has also been performing stand up comedy at many amateur nights throughout Victoria, and joined the CineVic board in 2016.
Charles Isherwood, UBC BCom '92, has lived in the Victoria area his entire life. His love of movies and film began way way back in the old days at the Royal Theatre. Watching movies and attending Film Festivals are his passions. A past volunteer with the Victoria Film Festival for multiple years, and an attendee at VFF and the Whistler and Las Vegas Film Festivals. Charles was an extra in a couple of locally shot films including Here's to Life! released in 2000. A CineVic member for several years, his biggest contribution to film so far has been as Location Manager for the Connor Gaston short The Cameraman. "This year I am very excited about our first Shock Therapy event on October 13 :)" Charles's goal is to fully support and celebrate the success of others.
Currently working at the Royal BC museum, Sharon has been a member of CineVic for over a decade, volunteering on numerous short film productions. In 2002 Sharon directed Bridges, a short film exploring the work of a Saltspring Island painter. 2008 saw her producing the featurette Tumbling After. The longest currently serving board member (for 13+ consecutive years), Sharon was responsible for liaising with the Playtime Bingo Association and the BC Gaming Policy & Enforcement Branch, and currently keeps the board informed about the BC Gaming Policy Review process, the Societies Act, and non-profit management.
Tyson Laidler is a photographer and filmmaker with a BFA in Film, Video + Integrated Media from Emily Carr University. He joined Cinevic in 2011 and has been involved in various Cinevic events, including the 2015 Reel to Reel. Besides working in the Victoria and Vancouver film industry, Tyson has also photographed personal projects in countries such as The Czech Republic, Holland, and Israel. 2018 is his first time serving on the board.
Director - Communications & Marketing
Chorong Kim is an award-winning filmmaker based in Victoria, BC, who has independently produced two short films that were screened internationally, including the Montreal World Film Festival. Her photography has been featured on CBC, Huffington Post, and CHEK News. She was born in Berlin, Germany, and holds an M.A. in Germanic and Slavic Studies, with a focus on German young adult fantasy fiction.
Director - Programming
Claire Mulligan is the author of two novels: The Reckoning of Boston Jim (nominated for The Giller and Ethel Wilson award) and The Dark (nominated for the Canadian Author’s Award). Her award winning short stories have been published in over thirteen literary journals. She is currently working on her MFA in screenwriting at UVic with a focus on adaptation. Her short story adapted screenplay – The Apology – is under production, and she’s hard at work on several more adapted scripts. She lives in Victoria with her three kids and a dog named Sammi.
Director - Production
Guochen Wang is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer, and founder of the UVic film society. He received his BFA in Visual Arts from UVic and is currently enrolled in the MFA in Writing program at UVic. He is experienced and skilled in both filmmaking and commercial production.
Director - Fundraising
Director - BC Gaming
Bendy Liu received his BFA from UVic with special interests in video art and projection installation. He started his exploration with serious film making by producing funny YouTube videos and got a lot of likes from his peers. He soon started collecting camera gear and doing unpaid video work with his amateur musician friends and comedians-want-to-be. While working extensively in the culture and tourism industry in offices unrelated to film making for a couple years (in order to obtain his Canadian Citizenship), he successfully landed a couple commercial works in his spare time which inspired him in filming, post-editing and especially acting. He joined CineVic before he worked for Kerrisdale Cameras in Richmond and moved back to Victoria with his family. His current day jobs are freelance photographer and sex educator for international students.
Director at Large
Justus Lowry is a writer, director and producer based in Victoria BC. Born to a family of filmmakers, artists, carpenters, designers, and editors, he's been immersed in the arts throughout his life. His earliest memory is attending a re-release of Stanley Kubrick's 2001 as a toddler with his parents (though he didn't make it past the apes). He has studied Computer Animation at the Centre For Digital Imaging and Sound (now the Art Institute of Burnaby), is a trained photographer, and has spent a decade operating a small media company creating websites, advertisements, photography, and video productions. After having written, directed, and produced numerous local music videos, destination videos, corporate videos, and television commercials, Justus took the next step and founded Rain Owl, an independent production company, in 2017. In addition to producing several local television commercials, Justus is producing Feast Your Eyes, an online series about local food on Vancouver Island, and is in development on an independent TV Pilot that he is writing and directing.
Director at Large
Director at Large