New initiative launching rookie Indigenous stunt actors into Vancouver film industry
Indigenous people interested in a career in film and TV stunts have an opportunity coming up to learn from two long-time professionals.
The second round of the Indigenous Action Artist Mentorship Program (IAAMP) is happening May 29 and 30; the program has 20 slots for Indigenous people (18-years-old or older) with an athletic background. The program, created and run by Lauro Chartrand Delvalle and Bruce Crawford, had its first session in February.
Delvalle, a veteran stunt actor with credits in films like The Last Samurai, Deadpool 2 and even the original MacGyver TV show, has thought something was missing in the Vancouver film industry.
"I’ve always noticed, especially here in B.C., a huge lack of Indigenous cast and crew. I always thought to myself, this is their land, their home, why aren’t they participating and working more in film and television?” he says in a press release.
At the same time Bruce Crawford, who has his own impressive list of credits (like Elysium, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and pretty much all the DC shows shot here) has been working with his wife to include Indigenous people in the local film and TV industry. They worked with the Musqueum Employment and Training program to find funding for the IAAMP.
The IAAMP also receives support from the Squamish First Nations Band, the Tsleil-Waututh First Nations Band and Stunts Canada.
Even though the first session only happened a few months ago, participants have been picked up by local productions, the new Kung Fu series from Netflix.
"There is so much talent, it is simply a matter of harnessing it, not only to work in film and TV, but also to carve out a space for more Indigenous roles to be created for the talent pool," states a press release.