Push In - The CineVic Podcast

S2E11 - Creating From Your Own Experience w/ Jay Kamal

May 30, 2022 CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers Season 2 Episode 11
Push In - The CineVic Podcast
S2E11 - Creating From Your Own Experience w/ Jay Kamal
Show Notes

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! 

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Podcast Production Team:

  • Technical Director: Paul Ruta
  • Sound Editor: Michael Korican
  • Host, Researcher & copywriter: Joyce Kline
  • Co-Producers: Joyce Kline, Michael Korican, Grady Lawlor, Paul Ruta