Board of Directors


Darlene Tait


Darlene’s first foray into the local film community on Vancouver Island began with extensive film training at the Victoria Screen Actors Studio in the late-90’s. After returning home in 2013 from living in Mexico for 10 years, her local film involvement has been extensive and varied. Her strong business background has made her an invaluable asset to the independent film community where she frequently consults to and/or is engaged on local productions. She is a well-known Producer of local films and, as an actor, she is also frequently seen in commercials for Tourism, Real Estate, Air Travel, Health Clinics and others and is represented by Coultish Talent Management. Darlene also sits on the Boards of both the Vancouver Island South Film & Media Commission (VISFMC) and Women In Film & Television Vancouver (WIFTV). For a complete listing of film and TV Credits, please visit her IMDB filmography at


Charles Isherwood

Vice President

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. Charles has been a volunteer with the Victoria Film Festival for multiple years, an attendee at VFF and the Whistler and Las Vegas Film Festivals, and an extra in locally shot films including Here's to Life! released in 2000. A CineVic member for several years, his most memorable 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 next Shock Therapy event in October :)" Charles' goal is to fully support and celebrate the success of others.


Sharon Joseph


Sharon Joseph 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. She is currently employed at the Royal BC Museum.


Tyson Laidler


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 events including the 2015 Reel to Reel music+film program. 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. He has served on the CineVic board since 2018.


Claire Mulligan

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.


Justus Lowry

Director - Communications & Marketing

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.


Octavian Kaul

Director - Production



Russell Munday

Director - BC Gaming



Grady Lawlor

Director - Fundraising