2008 Diploma & Advanced Certificate Graduates

  • Burton AmosBurton Amos is from the Haisla/Tsimshian nations, he was born and raised in Kitimat, BC and currently resides in Vancouver. His awards include “First Time Producer/Director” for a documentary made for SHAW Cable TV in London, Ontario in 1989, “Earning Feathers: The Spirit of Dance.” He’s also worked in locations in the Vancouver commercial industry from 2001 to 2003, and as a lighting tech. and grip in the Vancouver movie industry. He has taken a lighting course and 1st year of film at Capilano University. He is presently enrolled in the Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking program at Capilano University where he is studying Independent producing. 

    Kwakwee BakerKwakwee Baker was born in Morocco Africa 1972 and now resides in Vancouver BC as a First Nations Cultural Performance Consultant. Kwakwee has a background in cinematography, acting, animation and sound design. He is presently attending the Indigenous Independent Film Production Program at Capilano University. Kwakwees' future goals are to Produce and Direct First Nations Animated mythology, Action, Motion Picture and Documentary. 

    Angela BoelsmaAngela Boelsma is a member of the Chawathil band from the Sto:lo Nation, she currently resides in Surrey, British Columbia. Through the Indigenous Digital Filmmaking Program she has gained experience and skill in producing dramatic short films. Angela is very interested in pursuing a career in producing, writing and editing. 

    Tyrel BoelsmaTyrel Boelsma is a member of the Chawathil First Nations Band and currently resides in Surrey, British Columbia. In his past, Tyrel has done minor extra work and worked on a few student films. In the Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking program, Tyrel has been excelling in all his courses. Tyrel enjoys editing and writing and his goals for the future lie in those fields.




    Sarah Elijah

    Sarah Elijah is a member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames located in Ontario she currently lives in North Vancouver where she attends the Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking Program at Capilano University. Through this program Sarah has gained a keen interest and experience operating a variety of film industry equipment. Her primary interest is in cinematography but she also enjoys the process of editing as well as writing, Sarah’s goal is to pursue a career cinematography, editing and writing.


    Gordon FosterGordon Foster is Secwepemc and currently lives in Coquitlam. Gordon currently is attending the IDF course at Capilano College. His area of expertise is in non-linear editing primarily with Final Cut Pro 5 on the G5 Mac pro. His ultimate goal is to edit feature films.


    Dwane HowardDuane Howard is from the Nuu-chah-nulth Nation located on the northwest coast of Vancouver Island. He has resided in the lower mainland for the past 25 years. Duane has become a successful film and theatrical actor with six years of experience and seven years experience as a stunt performer within the film industry. Duane has appeared in many movies and a local TV series as both an actor and stunt performer. Upon graduation from the IIDF program Duane plans to branch out into producing and directing films.

    Myron LamemanMyron Lameman is a member of the Beaver Lake Cree Nation in Northern Alberta, currently residing in Vancouver. He is a talented artist, and has found himself to be naturally adept in many technical aspects of film production, specializing in camera operation. His goal is to become a Director of Photography, and also hopes to one day develop and direct feature films.

    Beric ManywoundsBeric Manywounds is a Two-spirit writer/poet/filmmaker originating from the Tsuu T'ina Nation outside Calgary Alberta. Mastering documentaries, music videos, experimental shorts, and screen adaptations of Indigenous literature are all aspiring goals on this young visionary’s path. His main influences are Love, Pain, Dreams, Mothers, Teachings, Native cultures, Post-colonial literature, Magical realism, and other artists (Chris Cunningham, Maya Deren, Ingmar Bergman, Wong Kar-Wai, Tomson Highway...)


    Charles MooreCharles Moore a citizen of the Nisga’a Nation is an aspiring filmmaker currently attending his first year in the Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking program at Capilano University. He has attained training and experience in Cinematography, editing, sound design, lighting, directing and producing. His endeavors are to expand and specialize in animation and special effects, although his ultimate goal is to become a screenwriter, editor, director, and producer. He is very energetic, receptive, compassionate, and dedicated. His driving passion lies within the realm of Heritage preservation, self-discovery, and change within our future generations.

    Sonya Peter PaulSonya Peter - Paul is Mikmaq and Maliseet of the Metepenagiag First Nations from New Brunswick. She is currently residing in North Vancouver and attending the Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking program where her interests include writing and producing. Sonya has experience doing hair and make up for the film industry. She also has a background in photography, traditional drawing and painting. Her future goals are to raise current native issues through documentary filmmaking.



    Cowboy SmithxCowboy Smithx is Blackfoot from the Piikani and Kainai nations in Southern Alberta. Cowboy recently graduated from the Full Circle: First Nations Performance - Ensemble Training Program. Cowboy also completed the advanced track of the American Indian Summer Institute for Film and Television in Los Angeles, California. Cowboy has been shooting short films and videos for over 7 years now and aspires to be an auteur feature filmmaker.