2009 Advanced Certificate & Diploma Graduates

  • Jonathan Antoine, Diploma

    Jonathan Antoine is a Dene from the Dehcho First Nations located in the Northwest Territories. He completed the 1st year of the Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking Program and is now in his second year. He is interested in directing, writing, editing and is an aspiring cameraman. Jon is now enrolled in the Cinematography certificate program at Capilano University.

    Damien Bouchard, Advanced Certificate

    Damien Bouchard is an aspiring Director. Damien has completed a 2-year Broadcasting T.V. Production diploma at Thunder Bay’s Confederation College. Damien’s music video in which he was the Segment Producer for, won Gold at the 2009 BEAC Awards for best in series. Damien is enrolled in the Advanced Certificate program in the IIDF program. Damien has continued in the IIDF program and is scheduled to graduate with an IIDF diploma in the spring of 2011.

    Thomas Giwusk Isaac-Came, Advanced Certificate

    Thomas Giwusk Isaac-Came is a Míkmaq born and raised in beautiful British Columbia. He is determined student who is taking a more serious approach to his 2nd year of IIDF. He is an incredibly talented editor and has a passion for telling intriguing stories. Tom has continued in the IIDF program and is scheduled to graduate with an IIDF diploma in the spring of 2011.

    Tobie Caplette, Diploma

    Tobie Caplette is a Metis filmmaker who aspires to write, direct and produce documentaries and docudrama’s. She had the opportunity to camera intern on “Nehiyawetan”, produced by Loretta Todd and Directed by Jason Krowe and Kamala Todd, and “Tales of an Urban Indian”, directed by Neil Fearney.

    Tobie has volunteered as a production assistant on a short film “Powwow Driveway” directed by Helen Haig-Brown, and has recently finished a 2 month internship with NBC Universal where she got hands on experience working in the set-decorating department for an up coming TV series called Caprica.

    Cameron Courchene, Advanced Certificate

    Cameron Courchene’s hometown is Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is a graduate of the NSI Aboriginal Youth Pilot Program. He worked on North of Sixty for four years; has been the director of photography on several short films, as well as worked as a camera operator intern on big budget films such as "Shall We Dance" and "New Girl In Town". Cam has also worked in news filming for Global Winnipeg, also a day camera operator for ET Canada (Renegade Press.Com segment.) Cam is an aspiring director. Cam has continued in the IIDF program and is scheduled to graduate with an IIDF diploma in the spring of 2011.

    Caitlyn Goulet-Pantherbone, Advanced Certificate

    Caitlyn Goulet-Pantherbone is an aspiring director/screenwriter. She has previously completed the MCFS Youth Summer Media Program of 2006 and 2007. She has experience working on set operating a camera and acting in a short film (CSI Gone Native). She plans to use her skills by documenting the issues that Aboriginal youth face today. Caitlyn has continued in the IIDF program and is scheduled to graduate with an IIDF diploma in the spring of 2011.

    Leah Hill, Advanced Certificate

    Leah Hill is an aspiring director/producer. Leah Originates from Kitwanga B.C., she is from the Gitxsan Nation. Her interests are in factual documentaries and producing dramatic films. Leah has continued in the IIDF program and is scheduled to graduate with an IIDF diploma in the spring of 2011.  

    Nick Johnson, Diploma

    Nick Johnson is a proud member of Kluane First Nation coming to you all the way from Whitehorse, Yukon! He is a 2nd year IIDF student his strengths are in editing and camera operation.

    Cheyanna Kootenhayoo, Diploma

    Cheyanna Kootenhayoo is a young multi-talented aboriginal women from Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation in Alberta. Cheyanna completed a 2-month internship with NBC universal. Getting hands on experience working on a TV series called “Psych”, she worked with various departments including, director of photography, camera, art department , set decorating, make-up, wardrobe, and production office.

    One of Cheyannas many strengths is editing. She was acting editor on a promotional video for Dreampeakers Film society and a documentary called “Economical Warriors” produced by The Squamish Nation.

    Cheyanna is also an inspiring make-up artist and costume designer. With a high interest in make-up and costume, she has worked on student films at Capliano University and on an independent film “LAB”.

    Len Lindstrom, Diploma

    Len Lindstrom is from Tseshaht First Nation, Nuu Chah Nulth Nation. He has been working in film for a year and has hot a short fiction and a short documentary. He has also worked on a children’s TV show and two APTN pilots. He completed an intern with Global News Calgary this past summer and production assistant internship with ET Canada. After graduation I will be operating my own production company Sasin Productions. Len is now enrolled in the Cinematography program at Capilano University.

    Claudia Manuel, Diploma

    Claudia Manuel is Secwepemc/Ktunaxa/Salvadorean. She was a co-director and operated camera for a film called A Pow Wow Life which premiered at the Cowichan Film Festival in 2008. Claudia is an intern editor, camera operator, researcher and media manager for Running Wolf Productions. Claudia aspires to tell the stories about her people from a youth perspective. Claudia is now enrolled in the Documentary certificate program at Capilano University.

    Beric Manywounds, Diploma

    Drawing upon the painful, confusing, but ultimately fascinating experience of growing up Indigenous in colonial Canada, Two-spirited artist Beric Manywounds is a passionate and expansive emerging young filmmaker who is deeply interested working within both the experiment and dramatic genres in Indigenous film.

    Originally from the Tsuu T’ina Nation AB, Beric has actively pursued training during his time in Vancouver in screenwritng, directing, technical production, and digital film editing, as well as music video making and video journalism. Earlier this year, Beric had his film festival debut when his first experimental short film ‘I Heard A Light’ was selected to be screened with ‘The Secret Weapons Manifesto’ at the Fairy Tales International Queer film festival. This same film will be screened in the official competition at the 2009 ImageNative Film festival in Toronto. Apart from film, Beric has also studied Aboriginal literary arts under the mentorship of renowned First Nations Author Richard Van Camp at the UBC Creative Writing Department.

    Tracey Moore, Diploma

    Tracey Moore was a trainee on A.P.T.N. pilots Health Nuts, and Tales of an Urban Indian/Without Reservation. She interned on NEHIYAWETAN. She has created 1- 8 minute documentaries and dramas that speak to the issue of preservation of the Haida Language.

    Terrice Spahan, Advanced Certificate

    Terrice Spahan is from Sidney BC. Terrice wants to develop shows about aboriginal cultures. Terrice is an aspiring documentary film director. Terrice has continued in the IIDF program and is scheduled to graduate with an IIDF diploma in the spring of 2011.

    Elisa Pascal, Advanced Certificate

    Elisa Pascal, is from Mount Currie B.C. She has worked as a Production Assistant on two feature films, “Cats & Dogs 2” and “Ramona and Beezoos.” Elisa was director/producer of a six minute short, “The Balance Between,” which won Outstanding Achievement in Aboriginal Storytelling at The Eyelens Film festival 2009.

    David Whetung, Advanced Certificate

    David Whetung is from Victoria BC. David pursued his passion in audio engineering at Columbia Academy, where he specialized in postproduction sound. After graduating at Columbia Academy David went on to work on sets for short films as a boom op, SFX editor for music video “Art Of Dying” and postproduction supervisor for short film, “Change” as well David worked on set with Arrow productions as a production assistant during season four of the New Canoe. David also worked with Bighorn productions as a SFX editor for “The Flairs” music video. David is now expanding his skills in directing documentaries and drama. Dave has continued in the IIDF program and and is scheduled to graduate with an IIDF diploma in the spring of 2011.

    Jay Cardinal Villeneuve, Diploma

    Jay Cardinal Villeneuve (Sub-Arctic Cree/Metis) is an actor and filmmaker from Northern Alberta. Specializing in screenwriting, directing and cinematography, Jay’s numerous short films have played at various film festivals across Canada, one of them being an “Official Selection” at the 2008 Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival, while his award winning acting credentials range from independent film to television. Jay is a natural storyteller who aspires to produce cinematic feature films and documentaries from a First Nations perspective for all audiences to enjoy. Jay is now enrolled in the Capilano University Cinematography certificate program.