Indigenous Film Panel
The Indigenous Film Panel offers insight in the lives and careers of various Indigenous peoples in the entertainment industry.
Institute Manager at imagineNATIVE
Adriana Chartrand is Michif or Red River Métis from St. Laurent, MB. as well as Irish/Scottish/Welsh/French. She is the Institute Manager at imagineNATIVE where she oversees year-round professional development programs for Indigenous screen creatives and the annual Industry Days during the Festival. She has two degrees in Film Studies, including an MA from the University of Toronto, and a degree in Women’s and Gender Studies. She speaks English and French and is passionate about cultivating leadership in the future Indigenous generations. She was born and raised in Winnipeg, MB.
Actress, Burden of Truth, Tribal, Frontier
Jessica Matten is of Red River Metis-Cree descent and is directly a descendant of Cuthbert Grant, the first rebel Metis leader famously known for the Battle of the Seven Oaks in Canada.
Jessica recently is the star of the yet to be released new Crime Drama "Tribal" coming this 2020 on APTN Network.Jessica stars in Season 3 of Discovery Canada & Netflix's TV show "Frontier" starring Jason Momoa. She also can be seen in the new CW Network and CBC drama alongside Kristin Kruek in "Burden of Truth". Jessica also can be seen in the upcoming comic adaptation movie "The Empty Man" for 20th Century Fox studios which filmed in Cape Town, South Africa, coming in 2020. Jessica can be seen on 3 Canadian Screen Award nominated and winning shows: Frontier, Blackstone and Mohawk Girls. Jessica has developed a small cult following in North America for her performance in the starring role of Elle-Maija Tailfeather's short film, "A Red Girl's Reasoning". The film premiered at various festivals in Canada and the United States, taking home awards for "Best Canadian Action Short" at the prestigious ImagineNATIVE Film festival, winner at the Crazy 8s Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, LA Skins Film Fest in Los Angeles, and nominated at the American Indian Film Institute in San Francisco 2012. Other TV and films include the Gemini award winning show "Blackstone" and "Pilgrims" written and directed by Marie Clements that Jessica starred in, was an official selection for the Cannes Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival 2013.
Producer and Director
Angie-Pepper is a bilingual Mohawk/Abenaki Director and Media Professional. Since graduating from Concordia University’s Fine Arts, she has been responsible for and Directed many different projects ranging from kids programming to socially driven documentaries, reality TV And docu-series and Dramatic Reconstruction. Her work has been seen on major networks such as CBC, TVA, And Fox Net, Fox Sports1, APTN, Spike, TVO, And others. She is extremely diverse in her skills and in all of her many pursuits—as writer, producer, director, and teacher -- Angie-Pepper O’Bomsawin has become well known for her drive and dedication to changing the image of First Nations on screen. She strongly believes in the power of storytelling for transformation and social change and prides herself on being a positive role model and an inspiration to native youth.
Actor, Singer, Northern Dancer
Meegwun Fairbrother is of Ojibway and Scottish origin, from Grassy Narrows First Nation and Toronto, Ontario. He is a traditional singer and a Northern traditional dancer with a BFA in acting from York University. Recent theatre credits include: Isitwendam (Native Earth Performing Arts); Incident at Vichy (Soulpepper); Caught (Theatre Passe Muraille); and Dreary and Izzy (Magnus Theatre). Recent film credits include: series lead on CBC’s Burden of Truth; principal role on CTV’s Carter Files; lead in APTN’s Wynter; lead on APTN's Mohawk Girls; and two leading roles (twins) in Syfy series Helix. In 2019 Meegwun premiered his solo show Isitwendam (an understanding) at Native Earth Performing Arts in Toronto and made his directorial debut with the release of documentary Okichitaw - Refeathering the Warrior. He continues to facilitate filmmaking workshops, practise Okichitaw and write and produce his own projects.